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Not reading burnt discs?

Toshiba Satellite 2540cds k6-2 333mhz 32...
March 20, 2010 at 22:36:41
Specs: Windows XP SP1, 2.6ghz*2, 2gb DDR2
Hello all,

I've recently got a Toshiba Satellite 2540CDS laptop from a friend, with a 333Mhz processor and memory upgraded to 96mb, and after throwing an old XP SP1 install on and removing some of the extraneous components it's a good little laptop for what I need it for (OpenOffice, Tut's Tomb and Duke Nukem 3D, haha).

However, one thing bothers me. No matter how hard I try, I simply cannot get it to properly read disks that have been burnt (eg: CD-Rs, CD-RWs). The files show up, yes, but when I try to do anything with them it eventually cracks a hissy fit and decides not to work anymore (eg: freezing the OS). I don't feel like constantly installing stuff or using files over a USB 1.1 port, so I'd like to see if there's any way to resolve this issue. The operating system is Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1a (I don't use internet on it so I hardly need anything newer), though I've used Windows 98 SE, MS-DOS 7.10 and Ubuntu 5.10 on it before with similar results.

Strangely enough, the MS-DOS 7.10 CD was burnt itself, and yet works fine. This is why I'm suspecting that it might be some sort of resolvable issue as opposed to a hardware fault; perhaps some sort of error in the way the disc burning works, or some sort of other issue.

It's a pretty old laptop but I do enjoy using it; the fact that it does only what I need it to and little more is a godsend, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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March 20, 2010 at 22:59:02
Well...a disk burned on computer A may not work on computer B. I have a puter that wont read any disk (except factory) burned on another computer but its own.

And yes I have a computer that will read any disk burned on any other system using any burning software.

Might try a new cdrom drive as some older ones have trouble reading burned cds.

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March 21, 2010 at 15:24:08
Computers from that time may or may not support burned cd's. It may also be that it might work on some types of cds only.

I use the black cd's and use the slowest burn settings and they tend to work.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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March 21, 2010 at 22:55:01
Thanks for the speedy replies. I was probably dreading this answer, to be perfectly honest... what still confuses me is how the DOS 7.1 burnt ISO still works. I don't recall doing anything special in burning it, and it was only a small file (7mb or so). Could that have anything to do with it?

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March 23, 2010 at 13:19:51
No, only how the laser reads the marks and spaces. There has to be enough difference between them to let the reader decide.

Like I said some disks may tend to work better. Burn at slowest speeds also to prevent overburn. A situation that newer readers can overcome but older ones don't like.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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