cdrw reads everything as audio file

Posted on 2003-03-22
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Last Modified: 2010-04-27
I picked up an old Wearnes x4 CDRW which I was going to put in a machine belonging to a charity. Unfortunately although it writes fine when you try to read a cd it shows everything as a media player file. Looked for firmware updates but I think its so old they don't have the firmware on the web.
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Jimbo99 earned 225 total points
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Media player associates itself with almost all media files when it is installed.  This is only abnormal in that I think many may feel it is inappropriate that Microsoft go that far and hijack all the file associations.

Data files should still look like data.  For instance, a .txt file should not be represented as a media file.  If it does I'd suspect it is something wrong morevoer with the registry (or other element of windows) vs. something wrong with the cdrw.

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ive noticed w/ winxp - when you insert a disc w/ media and info, it asks what you want to do.. and you can select to open it as a folder, media, etc, and u can select "always do this" blah blah..
So perhaps thats what going on?


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Neither answer seems to be the case but thank you.

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ID: 8197226
oh considering that everything is a media player file it is the case ;)

goto dos.. can u see files there? yeah? well its not hardware thats making it interpret everything as media.. its the software

understand the drive makeup.. its meant to send 0s and 1s out.. theyre not designed to say oh these 0s and 1s are mp3s , and these 0s and 1s are wavs.. etc.. just does what it does..

so check yer software, drivers, registry.. that or force it to be read as a different drive letter.

see if u still have that problem

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<<< Neither answer seems to be the case but thank you.  >>>

Which two answers and what did you do to determine that they didn't work.  It would seem appropriate to tell us some details if you expect us to give progressively better answers that narrow down the causes.

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