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My new CD rom drive wont play Audio CDs?

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Thats about it, it will play them, but there will be no sound out of the speakers! you can convert the tracks to mp3s or wavs and then play them off the hard drive, but i cant play the cd, winamp shows it as playing but there just aint any sound comimg out, from any where!!! HELP ME!
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by:Wakeup
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Davison,

Do you have more than one CDRom drive?  Like DVDRom or burner etc etc etc...?
If so, maybe the audio cable connecting the CDRom drive to the Audio card is not plugged in.  Or the drive you are using has no available audio cable.  Try one of the other drives or double check that the audio cable is installed.
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by:Wakeup
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Try this website, (borrowed from Lpenrod. Thanks!)

http://www.epanorama.net/documents/pc/cdrom_audio_wire.html 
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There is a special cable for audio in addition to the big flat cable for data.  You'll just need to get one and plug it in.  It goes straight from the CDROM drive to the sound card.  Look on the back of the CDROM drive.  There is a socket with four pins in a row labeled 'R G G L'.  This is it.  There should be a matching socket on the sound card.  Some rare sound cards have a different type socket, but that just means you need a cable with different plugs on each end.
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by:nfroio
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Have you ensured that you do not have CD Audio on Mute?

Start>Programs>Accessories>Entertainment>Volume Control

and ensure that either the volume selector is not all the way down to the bottom, or the mute button checked?

Nfroio
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by:Hyper8
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The small cable these guys are correctly talking about is called a feature connector and can be picked up at most office supply stores and computer stores for under $6.00. Or "borrowed" from the wifes machine for free..hehe

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by:Jason_S
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Is there a headphone jack in the front of the drive?  If so, what happens when you plug your speakers (or headphones) in to it?
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