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CD loaded but device not ready or locked

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On certain audio cds I wish to play on my computer, I get a message box that comes up and says that the device is not ready and/or the device is locked. But like 90% of the time, the cds I want to play work fine. And the other 10% of the time, I try to play those cds on my mother's computer and they play just fine. What is the cause of this and how do I fix it? I obviously know that the cds can be read on computers, just not mine.
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jhawklyn earned 30 total points
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I've seen the same.   Some CD-Players aren't as good at reading borderline quality media cd's.

- Gently Cleaning the CD's will sometimes solve the problem.

- I've heard of tools to remove the scratches from CD's.  I've never tried that, but I'd assume they would work.

- Cleaning the CD player (blow out the any dust) might do the trick.  (I had a Quad speed CD-Burner that gradually lost it's abilties.   A good cleaning restored 'em)

- A last resort would be to replace the CD unit itself.

I'm assuming with my responses above that the problem is reproducable with the same set of CD's.   A similar problem can occur when changing from one CD media type to the other, (say switching from a game to music).  Sometimes the computer get's confused, or 'forgets' the disks were changed.   Shutdown-restart virtually always clears up this flavor of the problem.

John
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I tried cleaning my cd rom and the specific cds but that didn't help at all. And I have the new TDK velocd cd-rom, not the factory installed cd-rom. If anyone else has any suggestions or answers, please help me out. Thanks.
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Ok< now the manufacturer recommends certain brand of CDs and also their capacity ranging from 65o to 800. Some units will not accept 800 mgs and some manufacturers. For example my Ricoh which is about 4 years old will accept 700 megs, but not 800. The manufacturer does NOT recommend for that particular unit MEMOREX as being inconsistant in quality. So check with the manufacturer first.
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