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    Media Player device selection (WMP9)

    I've added an external Iomega CD writer, attached via a USB-2 link. But for some reason, WMP9 doesn't see it, only my old internal Samsung drive. I've tried pressing F5 to reselect devices (as shown on the WMP screen) but it still doesn't see it at all, and I can't find any other way to manually select the external drive. Other programs, for example iTunes, seem to have no difficulty seeing and using the drive, but not WMP9. Any ideas?

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    Re: Media Player device selection (WMP9)

    I have a similar set-up at home (running with no problem) so this is from memory?

    If you put a music CD in the drive, is it seen by XP?

    From Computer Management > Device Manager > DVD/CD-ROM drives, select it and then it's properties..
    Is it audio enabled?

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    Re: Media Player device selection (WMP9)

    Thanks for the ideas, Leif. I'll try them tonight when I get home and let you know the results. Thanks again.

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    Re: Media Player device selection (WMP9)

    Hi Leif,

    I looked at my setup as you suggested, and yes, WMP9 does see and play CDs perfectly ok from both the internal and external CDRs. And, contrary to what I thought, it DOES recognise that both the relevant drives are writable (at least they are both in the list), but it never acknowledges that there is a blank disk in EITHER of them anymore and consequently refuses to write to them both! Yet iTunes has no problem with either drive.

    So, WMP9 seems perfectly ok, except for not recognising a drive with a blank disk in it, and consequently will not burn CDs. I reinstalled it but it seems to make no difference. Just to be sure, I uninstalled Iomega HotBurn which came with the external drive. It was always extremely slow to get going anyway. But this has made no difference.

    Any more ideas? Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Media Player device selection (WMP9)

    The only other thing that immediately comes to mind is that alternative CD burner software may be taking control. Is it practical to unistall your other software to test this?

    Otherwise,
    If you put in a blank CD, do you get a window similar to this?

    <IMG SRC=http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/images/using/setup/expert/blankcd01.jpg>

    If I recall correctly, with WMP installed that becomes another option, but on my system, I appear to have clicked the 'Always do the selected action' at some point so always go straight to a writable folder and can't give you a suitable screen-grab.

    Finally, this from Kellys-Korner may help:
    Add CD Burning Program to AutoPlay Options

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    Re: Media Player device selection (WMP9)

    No, at the moment I don't get any AutoPlay window when I put a blank disk in either drive, and to tell the truth I can't remember if ever did, though I do have a hazy memory of something. Senior moment again! I don't think any other software is gaining control, though Iomega HotBurn did fire up automatically when blank disks were placed in the external drive. However this has now been uninstalled as I said. I don't think the Roxio burner is causing the problem as it has always been in the PC since delivery, certainly before WMP9 was installed, and there's never been any problem before. I think I'll try another reinstall of WMP9 now that HotBurn has been removed and also try the AutoPlay action listed in your link (thanks for looking that up for me). I'll get back to you after the weekend with the results! Thanks again for your time and expertise, it's much appreciated.

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    Re: Media Player device selection (WMP9)

    Hi Leif,

    I tried your suggestions regarding the CD burning problem in WMP9, but to no benefit. All the suggestions you made were perfectly valid, but all the settings were in place as they should be. It seems that the problem comes down to Windows NOT recognising blank CDs in either of the two burners - consequently the Blank CD AutoPlay action which both units have in place are not triggered. This seems to be why WMP9 also recognises the drives as CDR but does not know when a blank CD is in either of them. Unlike iTunes, this seems to be why WMP9 refuses to write to the burner with a blank CD. iTunes either doesn't care as much or else does recognise that the disk is present. Whatever the reason, I'm stumped! Any more ideas? But thanks for all your help so far.

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    Re: Media Player device selection (WMP9)

    What happens if you unplug the USB device, does the other cd-drive responds as it should?

    Maybe something in this thread from cdfreaks.com may help.....

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    Re: Media Player device selection (WMP9)

    Thanks for the suggestions, Leif. I'll have a go with unplugging the USB device tonight. As for the link, well, it sounds interesting, so I'll have a look for updated IDE drives too. Thanks again, and I'll let you know!

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