Solved how can i view a c d on my computer

July 16, 2011 at 03:32:17
Specs: Windows XP
New computer user
I have never played a cd on my compute
I have put the cd in the slot on my computer
What next?
(What category does a cd come under? Hardware and devices?)

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July 16, 2011 at 07:59:54
Hi Mary - is it possible, your husband has given you a dvd for the golf buggy maintenance, but you only have a cd drive in your pc.

If so, the pc will not recognise the dvd and output the response you are seeing.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.



#1
July 16, 2011 at 06:23:05
What type of CD are you asking about? music, game, video, software program, etc? Did you try opening "My Computer" & clicking on the icon for the CD drive?

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July 16, 2011 at 07:05:54
Thank-You for your reply This is a cd that my husband brought to show details of matainence of his golf buggy. I have gone to my cumputer as suggested, and then cd drive, then to open, it then says insert cd. when I do this, nothing happens I have tried all I can think of, I am a complete novice at this,( I think I may give up)

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#3
July 16, 2011 at 07:14:47
Is the shiny side down? I know it's a dumb question but the label should be facing you. (up)

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#4
July 16, 2011 at 07:32:47
Yes it is the right way up, it keeps coming up" insert a disc
When you go in to my computer, then cd disc, where do you go to open this ?.am I doing it right.

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#5
July 16, 2011 at 07:58:09
What you're calling a CD may be either a CD or a DVD.
They are the same physical size, they're both technically Compact Disks, they look the same, but DVDs have a more dense way of storing data on them.
If the disk is a DVD there is probably printing on it that indicates that.

If this is on an older computer, the optical (CD , or DVD) drive must be able to read the type of disk.
E.g. a CD-Rom - only - drive, or a CD-RW (CD "burner") - only - drive (only reads and "burns" CDs), can't read the disk if it's a DVD.
Any DVD drive can read DVDs and CDs .

If the disk is a DVD and if you don't have an optical drive that can read it,
- you need to use the DVD on another computer that can read DVDs.

- or - you need to buy and install one of......
- a DVD-Rom drive that can read both CDs and DVDs (hard to find these days)
- a combo CD "burner" / DVD-rom drive that can read and "burn" CDs and read DVDs (hard to find theses days but you may find one)
- or if your cpu (processer) has a speed of 1ghz or higher, a combo DVD burner drive that can read and "burn" both CDs and DVDs (easy to find - if your computer cpu has a speed of a lot less than 1ghz you can choose to not "burn" DVDs )

Optical drives are not all that expensive, especially if you buy a "bulk" drive (merely a drive in an anti-static bag - often comes with a free version of "burning" software on a disk if it can "burn" disks).

Drives for desktop computers are cheaper then those for laptop computers.

If the optical drive can read the disk.....
- the disk must have an autorun.inf file on it in order for the disk to automatically start loading something. Some disks don't have that.
- the feature of XP that automatically looks for that autorun.inf file and excecutes it if it's there when you insert the disk while Windows is running must be working properly. Sometimes that isn't working properly.

- if the disk does have the autorun.inf file on it (it shows up as autorun when Windows has default View settings), if it doesn't execute when you insert the disk while the computer is running, double click on the drive letter for the drive the disk is in in My Computer.


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July 16, 2011 at 07:59:54
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Hi Mary - is it possible, your husband has given you a dvd for the golf buggy maintenance, but you only have a cd drive in your pc.

If so, the pc will not recognise the dvd and output the response you are seeing.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#7
July 16, 2011 at 08:22:54
"Yes it is the right way up, it keeps coming up" insert a disc"

One of...
- the drive you have it in can't read the type of disk

- or you have more than one optical drive and you're clicking on the wrong drive letter, that drive has no disk in it, or that drive does have the disk in it but can't read the type of disk.
Is there more than one optical (CD or DVD) drive on the computer ? If yes, the other drive may be able to read the type of disk.

- or it can read the disk but there is something wrong with the drive or it's connection to the computer - in that case it may not read any disk.


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#8
July 16, 2011 at 11:02:07
Hi I think you are right ,I think it is a dvd and I havn`t got the facility on my computer
I have got an older type dell which my brother fitted up for me (I must say it has done all I have wanted up till now) Perhaps I should now get an update
Thank you for all the help Regards

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