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    CDs don't start right away

    My problem is that CDs and DVDs don't always start right away when I insert them into my drive.

    I have a Dell Dimension XPS T700r running Windows 98SE. It came installed with Creative software for playing CDs and DVDs. According to the information in Device Manager, the drive is an NEC DV-5700A.

    Sometimes, when I insert a CD in my drive, regardless of whether it's an audio CD, a CD on which there is a program which I'm planning to install, a DVD or a data CD, it takes a minute or so for the CD to start. The drive starts and stops three times, and then on the fourth start the CD player starts up and the appropriate program runs. The CD drive didn't behave this way when the computer was new. Please note that Auto Insert Notification is checked on the settings tab when I look at the properties for this drive in Device Manager.

    What is wrong? For a while I was using Creative's Disk Detecter, but that doesn't seem to be the source of the problem or the solution.

    In case it's relevant, please note that I installed a TDK CD-RW in another bay. A CD inserted into this drive starts with no problems.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance you may provide.

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    Re: CDs don't start right away

    There is a possibility that the drive is wearing out and is having trouble reading the TOC (Table of Contents) off of discs that you insert. The fact that your TDK drive works makes me lean towards a failing drive. Optical drives typically do not fail straight away; they will exhibit behaviour like you note. If this is the only problem that you are having with it, I would suggest using it until it can no longer read media reliably. You can always start a program by going through Start - Run and selecting Setup or Install, or whatever the installation program is named.

    One other thing you could try is to open Windows Explorer, right click on the drive, and select the Autoplay option. See if the drive can then start the media the way you prefer. If this works, then perhaps Windows is having a software issue instead of the drive itself failing, and you can take steps to correct it (usually by removing it from Device Manager and letting Windows re-detect the hardware).

    A last thought - Disc Detector seems to interfere more than it helps. I personally feel that it is a nice idea that is poorly implemented; it uses system resources to do something Windows is perfectly capable of handling on its own.
    -Mark

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    Re: CDs don't start right away

    If you're still under warranty, see if you can get the drive replaced. The starting and stopping is not going to get any better, and eventually it will die completely.

    The above is based on experience with notebook drives, the ones in desktop PCs might be a bit better, but almost every notebooks CD drive I've ever had has died on me. (Some people say it's my taste in music, or lack thereof, but there's no proof of that. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> )

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