optical drive only reads & plays audio CD

May 9, 2011 at 11:38:16
Specs: Windows XP
optical drive plays music CDs but will not read software/etc CDs

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May 9, 2011 at 12:50:18
Have you tried opening other types by going to My Computer> click on the drive label and choose open. Then look for the install or setup exe to start the CD.

Your drive setting for autorun may be set for music. Reset for general or don't use at all. Starting a CD when it is inserted is a Windows function that can be tweaked or disabled.

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May 10, 2011 at 07:25:04
That solved my problem!
Many thanks...
I was driving myself batty as the drive has worked properly since new and gets little use...
I appreciate your thoughtful advice.
Don O'Connor

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May 10, 2011 at 07:42:11
No problem. Sometimes features included in Windows cause more problems than solutions. Thanks for getting back with a resolution.

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