windows explorer doesn't show cd contents

May 27, 2011 at 20:41:02
Specs: Windows XP
Using Windows XP Home Edition with SP3. Windows Explorer wont show contents of CD drive.

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#1
May 27, 2011 at 22:31:21
Does the drive show in "My Computer"? Is there a disc in the drive?

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#2
May 28, 2011 at 09:06:00
Thank you for replying....
It shows on "My Computer" and Yes there is a disc in the drive. But when I click on the dvd/cd drive its empty.. it doesnt show any file contents, even tho I know there is music on the disc... Does this help?

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#3
May 28, 2011 at 09:24:08
Does it show the contents on commercial pre-recorded music CD's? These normally play (or at least show contents) on anything.

The reason I am asking is that some home made CD's have problems in other players, such as CD-RW (or CD-R if not finalized). Even the brand name of home burnt CD's can cause issues.


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#4
May 28, 2011 at 09:29:54
Thank you for replying....
It shows on "My Computer" and Yes there is a disc in the drive. But when I click on the dvd/cd drive its empty.. it doesnt show any file contents, even tho I know there is music on the disc... Does this help?



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#5
May 28, 2011 at 09:33:00
Tried commercial CD... still will not list the contents :-(

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#6
May 28, 2011 at 09:47:05
Thanks.

Two more questions:

Does the commercial disk play?

Do data disks show their contents?


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#7
May 28, 2011 at 10:23:49
Thank You.. The answer is.. No and No... It will play movies.. but nothing else .. Im wondering if its confused? I did notice that when i open "mycomputer" the drive sometimes is shows dvd-ram.. and other times it shows cd-... not sure why it flip flops???

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#8
May 28, 2011 at 12:04:15
Could be the drive itself as there are often two lenses (one for CD, other for DVD).

Take a look in Device Manager (shortcut is devmgmt.msc in the Run box then hit Enter). Look at DVD/CD-ROM Drives then expand out to actual drive). See if there are any errors showing, yellow question marks or red X's. Take a look in Properties to see if it shows the drive as working.

If all is OK there it might be worth getting hold of a CD/DVD lens cleaning kit. They come with a CD which has a brush, upon which you put the supplied cleaning compound.

Otherwise, from Device Manager, driver tab, uninstall CD/DVD driver and reboot. This should re-detect and re-install the driver software.

Beyond that I'm running out of ideas (except for the drive).


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