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CD-ROM won't read home burned disks

Lately my CD-ROM refuses to read home burned disks. It worked OK in the past and still works with commercial music or software disks. Why? Can I do anything about it short of retiring and replacing it?
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CovenantCommented:
Make sure your burning program is closing the CDR's (closing sessions) sometimes CDROM wont read CDR unless they are closed.
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Emanuel053197Author Commented:
To Covenant

I'm speaking of existing disks that used to run OK. If anything changed it's in the CDR -- the disks are the same.
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pelejabCommented:
try reading them in someone elses cd-rom. If they read ok then replace yours as they are very cheap. I assume you mean the cd-rom and not the cd-rw that you burned them from is the one giving problems.

cheers
Pete
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ExceterCommented:
Are you using CDR or CDRW media?
What kind of CD are you burning?

Some types of CDs will not work in a regular reader. Like DirectCD for example(Allows you to use a CDRW as you would a floppy).

Exceter
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asamarasCommented:
Hello,
as far as it goes about music CDs this is due to the fact that they are read at 1x speed, therefor you may access them.
If your drive denice to read data CDs first you must clean up your drive with a special cleaning kit. To make sure that the drive needs to be cleaned or replaced you should be able to notice that the access speed is gradually dropped over the time, sometimes the CD-ROM throws a message that there is no disk in the tray, and if you get the CD out and clean it it works fine etc.
So if your CDs are clean without deep scratches and stuff, then if after cleaning your CD is still no good, you have to replace it.
And by the way I hope the settings for it in CMOS are correct  (for current M/Bs set the IDE device to Auto/Auto)
Hope it helps :)
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dbruntonCommented:
If you can't read burnt disks then it is your CDROM drive that is at fault.  Quite probably the laser is on the way out.  More laser power is required to read burnt disks than normal CD disks.  So if your laser power is weak you can't read the burnt ones but normal ones are OK.
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GriffonCommented:
it seems that some people have been having problems with cdr/cdrw lately related to some of the new service pack stuff..which your computer could have automatically downloaded. But I think it more likely either to do with the deteriation/damage to the media in question or the drive that you are playing it on.

It might be worth removing the software for the device and then reinstalling it as some corruption might well have occured.

Griffon.

Ps. If you aint done a virus check recently then its never too late to start.
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Emanuel053197Author Commented:
Like asamaras I think dirt, dust, etc. is interfering with the CDR (not CDRW)laser. The reason is the gradual degradation (not some sudden change) of performance. My question: how can I clean it?
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timd_jonesCommented:
As asamaras mentions, you need to get a special cleaning kit called a CD Laser Lens cleaner, like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00000J1QK/002-1528406-9884832?vi=glance

I tis basically a CD with little brushes built in that will clean the laser lens in your drive, usually in conjunction with a cleaning fluid.
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Emanuel053197Author Commented:
OK, I'll get one next week and report the results. Have a pleasant weekend.
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krymeCommented:
try writing your cd's at a lower speed such as 2x.
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bobinclt13Commented:
check for the closing of the cr\d during writing

try software like nero burning rom
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Emanuel053197Author Commented:
To all: The problem is that my CDR won't read disks I made a long time ago. It used to read them but gradually developed some problem and now it doesn't read them anymore.
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Emanuel053197Author Commented:
I bought a CD Laser Lens cleaner, ran it several times...no change -- the CDR won't read same disks it used to read in the past. Commercial disks -- no problem. Any other suggestions before I scrap it?
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asamarasCommented:
Sorry, have you tried to identify if your CDs are readable on an other PC at all?
I had an issue when the CDs bacame unusuable due to poor storing conditions and scratches.
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dbruntonCommented:
It its only CDR disks it won't read and commercial ones are OK, it's the laser.
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Kyle SchroederEndpoint EngineerCommented:
Well, I had some cheap CD-R media that worked fine for quite a while then after some time, they became unreadable.  Have you tried burning new CD-Rs and trying to read them?

-dog*
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Emanuel053197Author Commented:
dbrunton was right. Cleaning the drive didn't help, replacing it with a new one solved the problem immediately.
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