Uninstall/Reinstall a CD Drive

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    glennda Dismembered Millennium Member

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    Hi. Gotta problem here. The CD drive in my emachines tower is acting up. It's running at half speed and won't read a CD. It will let me rip music, but that's all. I had a laptop that seemed to do the same thing, and was able to uninstall the drive, and the computer detected it as new and reinstalled it. Can I do it with this machine, and if so how. Thanks.
     
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    Thanks for the sites Washington. They did clean up tons of junk, but the CD still runs slow and skips. Where would I find it to uninstall it and let the 'puter reinstall it? Thanks again.
     
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    Start>Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager>CD/DVD Rom Drives>Right Click the drive and click "Uninstall"> Restart the PC
     
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    OK.. Got through that and saw some progress. The player is still playing a CD slower than it should but rips and plays a song fine. And the picture on a DVD is clear, but still choppy and audio sounds like they are gargling. But moving right along. Any more ideas???? Thanks again.
     
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    Some CD/DVD burning software can cause choppy playback and conflict especially when using Windows Media Player for playback. What burning software do you have and what program are you using watch DVD's?
     
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    I am using Windows Media Player 11. I'm also using the same to rip a CD.
     
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    try a 3rd party program and see if that helps at all. For dvd playback I'd recommend VLC player.
     
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    Some people have more issues with Windows Media Player 11 than Windows Media Player 10. First thing to make sure to remove all other CD burning software and DVD player software. You could try to reinstall WMP 11 over the copy you have now or maybe even go back to WMP 10. In one of my PC's I get an error trying to instal VLC but it already has Media Player Classic which may keep VLC from installing. Both Media Player Classic and VLC are good replacements for Windows Media Player. They don't burn CD's but both play DVD's. There are some good CD burning programs don't interfere as much with other software like Roxio and Nero sometimes do.
     
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    Thanks for all the info guys. I tried the VLC player and that didn't work very well at all. I'm using WMP 11 now, so I'll take a break and try something later. Thanks.
     
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    Your CD/DVD drive may also have a firmware update available.
     
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    The other thing that might cause that is the video driver. An update may have installed a video driver that is too new for your video card. Do you know which video card you have?
     
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    Well, I ended up using the disk and doing an entire system restore. That worked. Thanks all for all the help.