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CD-ROM doesn't run automatically


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Not a gigantic problem, but frustrating...

Our CD-ROM drive/burner (TEAC CD-W216E) no longer automatically recognizes or auto-runs CD-ROMs when they are inserted into the drive. It used to do this, and then just stopped (quite a while back).

Possibly related to this is that when I am switching CDs, for example, when I am burning music CDs into MP3s for my player, the computer doesn't recognize the new CD - it continues to list the old CD info and I often have to close the program and re-open it with each CD.

Is this a driver problem? What steps can I take to try to fix it? Here are my computer specs:

Dell Inspiron 2500
Processor Intel Pentium III processor
Processor Speed 996 MHz
Memory (RAM) 256 MB
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Operating System Version 5.1.2600

Thanks in advance for any help!

Doug
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open up my computer > right click on the cd drive > do properties > then the auto play tab > and make sure that auto play is on
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Thanks for the help.

Unfortunately, I don't think the problem is solved. When I opened the AutoPlay tab, there was no single "enable" function - there were a list of file/media types (e.g., music files, video files, Music CD, blank CD), and for each one I could choose from a list of actions. But there was no generic "run CD-ROMs automatically when inserted into the drive".

As a test, though, I chose "play CD with SonicStage" (my MP3 player's software, it's from Sony) when a music CD was inserted. When I inserted a music CD, it eventually did bring up the program and begin playing it. However, when I took that CD out and put a new one in, it didn't seem to recognize that a new CD had been inserted, and nothing played (and the old CD tracks remained on the screen). This is consistent with earlier problems as mentioned in my first post.

OK, not sure what to try next. Thanks again for your assistance!

Edited by Prog_Frog, 31 March 2006 - 10:15 AM.

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A while ago I had to fix a autoplay problem for one of my clients/ The tool I used was Autoplay Repair Wizard from Microsoft. Let me know if this works.

http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en

Edited by sposes, 31 March 2006 - 10:52 AM.

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OK. Ran the Autofix program a couple of times. Unfortunately, the program found problems but didn't specify what they were, and said they couldn't fix them. It did produce a log, which is below:

AutoFix [V5.2.3790.67]
Time [2006-04-02 20:40:32]
Microsoft Windows Version [5.1 (Service Pack 2) <2600>]

Test [The Shell Hardware Detection service is running.] - Instance [N/A]:
Result [AutoStart Setting]: OK
Result [The Shell Hardware Detection service is running.]: OK

Test [Policies] - Instance [D:\, Drive Type: 5]:
Result [HKCU\...\Policies!NoDrives]: OK {Absent}
Result [HKCU\...\Policies!NoDriveAutorun]: OK {Absent}
Result [HKCU\...\Policies!NoDriveTypeAutorun]: OK {Present}
Result [HKLM\...\Policies!NoDrives]: OK {Absent}
Result [HKLM\...\Policies!NoDriveAutorun]: OK {Absent}
Result [HKLM\...\Policies!NoDriveTypeAutorun]: OK {Absent}
Result [Driver level policies]: OK {
HKLM\...\Services\cdrom!Autorun (Present) <Allows>
HKLM\...\Services\cdrom\Parameters!Autorun (Absent) <Allows>
HKLM\System\CCS\Enum\...!AlwaysEnable (Absent) <Not set>
HKLM\System\CCS\Enum\...!AlwaysDisable (Absent) <Not set> }

Test [Drive Notification] - Instance [D:\, Drive Type: 5]:
Result [Legacy Notification]: Problems
Result [AutoPlay V2 Notification]: Problems {
Service (Silent)
Shell (Deaf) }
>> Repair << [Legacy AutoPlay Event]
Step: No steps to take.
Result: This AutoPlay setting cannot be fixed. Either the device is malfunctioning, or the wizard cannot determine the problem.
>> Repair << [Autoplay V2 Event]
Step: No steps to take.
Result: This AutoPlay setting cannot be fixed. Either the device is malfunctioning, or the wizard cannot determine the problem.

>> Required action: The wizard found problems but cannot fix them -> None

*****

OK, that's it. Thanks again for your help and let me know if there's anything else I can try.
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I've just recently noticed that my CD-ROM drive also doesn't seem to acknowledge when I put in a blank CD-R, which prevents me from burning anything onto CD-Rs.

Any other ideas would be appreciated!

Doug
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Have you tryed a repair install of XP, that is boot from instalation CD, run setup and choose to do the repair instalation. Maybe your operating system hase become corupted, missing files, old system files.etc

Or you might try a system file checker:

open a command window and:

sfc /scannow

But of cource you can try putting your CDROM /burner into another machine see if the problem is the drive, or your machine.
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I did the Windows XP repair and it seems to have worked! Thank you!

It did screw with my screen resolution for a bit, but after rebooting it was back to normal. Phew!

Thanks again,
Doug
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Glad we could help.
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