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CD-ROM drive not not reading CD-RWs

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dan, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. Dan

    Dan Guest


    I seem to be having problems reading CD-RW's in my vintage Win95
    computer's CD-ROM drive.

    I have a Sony CD-ROM CDU77E drive in my Win95 machine, firmware
    version 1.2g. Whenever I put in a CD-RW which has data on it, my PC
    can't see it. It says that the device isn't ready, even if there is a
    CD-RW in it. Other CD's work fine (music and software). I made sure
    the session on the CD-RW was closed.

    Is there any way to remedy this?
    Dan, Nov 2, 2003
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  2. Dan

    jamotto Guest

    I think your cd-rom is to old to be able to read CD-RW. It might be
    able to read CD-R's that have been closed. You will need a new cd rom
    drive that can read CD-RW's.
    jamotto, Nov 2, 2003
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  3. Probably not. The reflectivity characteristics of CD-RW discs are
    quite different to CD/CD-R discs and the drive needs to have
    "multiread" capabilities in order to read them. Multiread did not
    become standard until 1998 so if your CD-ROM is older it likely hasn't
    the required functionality.

    Jeremy Barker, Nov 2, 2003
  4. Dan

    Guest Guest

    Youse guys!!!

    Why don't u tell this chap to try installing a UDF reader first ???

    I have seen pretty old 95ers learn to read CDRWs just by installing
    this little piece of software. THEN you will know if the hardware is
    capable or not.


    There's a few of those in various places, but AFAIK it's a fairly
    standard thingie.

    If this won't do, google for {"UDF Reader" AND driver and donwnload}.

    Guest, Nov 5, 2003
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