Some CD's won't read
Posted on 1998-11-07
I'm a little weak on CD-ROM'S (it seems). A friend is having trouble reading some CD's. The CD-ROM speeds up and slows down as if it's searching and not finding. Eventually the BLUE SCREEN shows with instructions to insert or clean the CD or a runtime error or other error messages that she hasn't written down. Sometimes a CD will appear to work fine for a while and then the problems start (I've seen this). This happens with about 3% of the CD'S she tries.
The CD's are clean and new with no visible surface problems.
Here's the system: PII 333, 64MB, (2) hdd's = 6.3GB (4+GB free), 24X ATAPI CD-ROM (brand unknown- came w/ 'puter), win95 B.
The CD-ROM drivers for DOS & Win are both loaded and no conflicts show. This happened also when only the Win drivers were installed. I had her install the DOS drivers so she would have access to the CD-ROM for a Win reinstall.
Norton benchmark test sees no problem with CD-ROM read time and seek times are acceptable. Most CD's run just fine.
Is this just a problem with a cheap CD-ROM?
One of the CD's is the Lotus SmartSuite that came w/ the 'puter & others are game CD's.
Sometimes the problem causes the whole system to lock up (once or twice).