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4-6] My CD-ROM drive doesn't like any CD-R discs




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This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (fadden@fadden.com) with numerous contributions by others.

4-6] My CD-ROM drive doesn't like any CD-R discs

(1998/04/06)

A very simple test is to take a CD that DOES work, copy it, and try both
(this ensures that your problems aren't being caused by, for example, a
drive that doesn't support multisession CDs).

Sometimes the firmware can be at issue. In one specific case, a Goldstar
GCD580B CD-ROM drive was able to read CD-Rs under Win95 but not MS-DOS
6.22. Upgrading the firmware from v1.01 to v1.24 solved the problem.

If it fails with different kinds of media, the CD-ROM drive either doesn't
like discs written with your recorder, or doesn't like CD-R media at all.
In one case, returning the CD-ROM for an identical unit resolved the
problems.

While there are stringent specifications for discs, there are no such
specifications for CD players and CD-ROM drives. They just have to play
the discs. If the disc and the drive are both marginal, you lose.


 

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