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Windows 7: Unable to play Old CD on windows 7

13 Mar 2017   #1
logo897

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Unable to play Old CD on windows 7

Hi all,

I recently have gotten a CD to listen to from my local library. I do not have a CD player except for in my computer, but I am unable to play the CD in my computer.

There are no autoplay options when I insert the disk and each file size is 1kb according to windows, but it also says the disc was made in 1994. I'm thinking I'm having compatibility issues with this. Are there any ways I can play this on my computer?

I just want to listen to my favorite music in my free time while browsing the web. Thank you.

I'm using windows media player that came with my windows 7


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13 Mar 2017   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello logo mate have you tried putting the disk in and then go to Computer and click on the optical drive to see what is in there? It should by rights automatically play a CD because I don't think there should be any incompatibility issues with the recording.

It might be an idea to run these my friend
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
Disk Check < if necessary include the /f switch and if this does not make any improvement then just run this switch instead /r in the command line as per Option2
Run these in safe mode and the sfc often best run for two to three runs you can leave out the /r switch in ckdsk if you feel it not necessary

if no fix then these

SUPERAntiSpyware | Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware!
Malwarebytes | Malwarebytes Premium
AdwCleaner Download
ADW download from bleeping computer delete any rubbish found with the malware scans
(NB If you are running Kaspersky as the main AV then it might need disabling it when trying ADW because it does not like it at times)
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13 Mar 2017   #3
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

The CD is written in CDA format which means it does not have windows files such as mp3s. So you need to "rip" its files using a ripper, converting the files from the CD and putting them onto your computer in a windows mp3 format, then you can just click on them from there. Freerip is a free program that will do this..


FreeRIP MP3 Converter, MP3 Converter free download, MP3 converter download

How to convert CDA files to MP3 with FreeRIP
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13 Mar 2017   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yes John but in my WMP there is an option for rip formats and the quality of the rip. I have to admit I wasn't aware of the CDA format stuff or if the CD the OP has is in that format.
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13 Mar 2017   #5
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

yeah when he said the files were 1kb I knew they were cda files which are laid out contiguously like an LP album and do not have addressable sectors and tracks like computer files, therefore windows does not know how big they are and just reports them as 1kb even though they're larger of course. Probably should have pointed him to WMP ripping but I can never pass up the chance to promote the freeware methods...
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13 Mar 2017   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote:
yeah when he said the files were 1kb
Yes mate I should have twigged that when reading it
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14 Mar 2017   #7
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

That computer should be able play audio CDs and video DVDs just fine. Something is amiss somewhere. I'm wondering if installing free version VLC would be a great "second opinion"; it VLC works, then simply leave WMP alone for another time.
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14 Mar 2017   #8
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Has anyone considered the CD may be defective. If it was one that was burned by someone, a 1994 disc could be bad. There are many known cases of older CD's no longer able to play.

Seeing "1KB" files is what a standard audio CD will show with the file explorer.

Here is what one of my "valid" Audio CD's shows.


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16 Mar 2017   #9
cornemuse

Windows 7 Home Premium bit
 
 

As I understand things, sizewise, cda file should be equal sized as equivalent wav file, '10 megs a minute' (). Showing cda sizes as 1 KB indicates something amiss. I inserted a music cd in my (XP!!) comp & file sizes show as (3 minute song = 30 megs, 8 min song = 80 megs), etc, 'plus or minus'

I could be wrong, , , ,
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16 Mar 2017   #10
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

What I show is for a VALID audio CD. The files would have to be "ripped" from the CD to wav files to see the approx. 10 megs per minute file size.

I have a recording studio and do a lot of Audio CD burning for clients.
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