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lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 25th May '09 3:06 PM

NEED COMPUTER EXPERTISE

Since I got my new computer, the CD's that I burn won't play on my older house stereo. The house stereo is from the mid 90's and my computer is less than a year old. Its a Dell, I use Windows XP, and I've tried burning with Windows Media Player and Roxio. I'm sure its burning at a speed faster than my stereo can read but I have no idea how to make it do otherwise.

Anyone know?

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 25th May '09 3:10 PM

The speed shouldn't have anything to do with it. Do they play on any of your CD players? Do they play on your computer?

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 25th May '09 3:16 PM

They play in my car and on my computer. My older recorded CD's play fine on my house stereo. Its just the CD's burned on my new computer that won't play in the house.

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 25th May '09 3:28 PM

Sorry I'm stumped - I even went to the music downloading and burning wizards - my kids - they have no explanation either.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 25th May '09 3:30 PM

Thanks for checking. I'll keep perusing the net for a solution.

leaston
Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Mon, 25th May '09 3:36 PM

I had that trouble before..I was using the RW and they would only play on the PC..I tried just the CD-R and they worked fine...I don't know if that's the problem...but I hope it help's Good Luck!

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 25th May '09 4:28 PM

Nope, not it. Not trying to make it a data CD either. Also, according to the web, I tried burning on the slowest speed possible. Didn't work either.

resolsufoolps
Resolsufoolps  (Level: 20.7 - Posts: 95)
Mon, 25th May '09 7:21 PM

Hi Lodi, was just wondering if you are using the same brand of blank cd's with your new computer as the recorded cd's that play in your house stereo? Sometimes different brands of blank media work well with some players and not others.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 25th May '09 7:35 PM

These are just Memorex. I've used so many different brands in the years that I've owned that stereo that I can't say whether I've used this particular brand or not. But since they are fairly common, I probably have.

leaston
Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Mon, 25th May '09 7:43 PM

Sorry! I was hoping that was it!

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3778)
Mon, 25th May '09 9:32 PM

I am thinking it is a head alignment issue.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 25th May '09 10:39 PM

Computer or stereo? Or user?

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 25th May '09 10:45 PM

I don't have an answer but I do have the same problem. One CD player we have in our auditorium won't play half of the home-burned CDs that the students bring in. The other CD player plays just about everything. They are both about the same age.

I thought it had to do with whether the songs were burned as mp3 or wav files, but I don't know more than that.

My DVD player at home simply won't play the sound on some DVDs - and all I can find out about it is that other people have this same problem on that brand of machine. I just bought a new DVD player for my house.

So my only advice is to plug your computer into your stereo and skip the middleman!

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 25th May '09 10:59 PM

Ooooooooo, tell me how to do that!

It would solve everything.

tazmaniac72
Tazmaniac72  (Level: 188.0 - Posts: 213)
Tue, 26th May '09 12:02 AM

My wife's car won't play CD-R's burned from my computer. I was told that most CD players manufactured before 2000 won't read them. I can only guess it's because of their burn speed, since CD-RW's will play on it, but they burn at only 1/3 of most CD-R's. Now anything more advanced than that, and I'm only guessing!!

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 26th May '09 1:48 AM

My home stereo plays all CD's made from my previous computers, just not the newest computer. My car will play them from all the computers.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 26th May '09 4:57 AM

Our newest CD/DVD player won't even read some purchased CD's let alone most of my homeburns but they play on the others. Of course, its the one the stereo is hooked to I've been assuming that it was the brand of CD, but you know what that assuming does Lodi
Hope you solve the mystery

achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Tue, 26th May '09 5:57 AM

Hi Lodi,
If the music you are burning is MP3/MP4 or similar it probably won't play on older machines. You will have to convert the music to WMA. There are a number of free to download programmes that will do this. Hope this helps,
Andy.



mitchy
Mitchy  (Level: 130.6 - Posts: 964)
Tue, 26th May '09 8:58 AM

Lodi, I think I know what the problem is! try this: open WMP (windows media player)
left click on the top, you should see a menu that says File, View,Play,Tools & Help-
Highlight Tools & scroll down where it says options click that then look for the tab that says devices click that-where it says CD or DVD-RAM Drive double click that- make sure that Digital not Analog is checked also check the box Use error correction. then go to the tab on top that says Recording
Make sur the box is checked Enable cd recording on this drive.
Then go to Quality tab on the top again and make sure the box that says Burn playlists as M3U etc is not checked.
Always make sure you click apply on each tab ok! Let me know if this works, I also know some other things to do as well. BTW Some older cd players wont play recorded cds. Mitchy

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 26th May '09 9:48 AM

Didn't work. Thanks for trying though. I really really appreciate it.

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 26th May '09 9:58 AM

Well, Achad and Mitchy seem to have given you some good info here - Achad's note about mp3s and wmvs seems to agree with what I understood to be true.

But if you want to try listening directly from your computer - you should be able to pick up a simple cable that takes you from mini (1/8") (the headphone jack on your computer) to RCA (the red and white ends you plug into your stereo's inputs).

Here's a link to one so you can see what it looks like - http://store.apple.com/us/product/TN983LL/A?fnode=MTY1NDA0OQ&mco=MjE0NTA1MQ - but you can probably find it cheaper - just go to your local Fry's Electronics and tell them you want to listen to music from the computer on the stereo.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 26th May '09 11:10 AM

Thanks Suzer. I'm definitely going to look into that. Local Fry's. hahaha. Never heard of it. You guys forget, I'm in Idaho.

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Tue, 26th May '09 11:34 AM

Hi Lodi, Not being a computer expert, I checked with my brother, who is. His advise is, that when you finish recording your CD, make sure it is finalised, otherwise it will not play on older players. Now what that means I have no idea, but I hope it helps.

Regards Bill

mitchy
Mitchy  (Level: 130.6 - Posts: 964)
Tue, 26th May '09 11:42 AM

Lodi, If you are using WMP 11that is probably the problem! roll back to WMP 10 thats what I use because there are less problems..... i dont like 11.

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 26th May '09 11:46 AM

Radio shack, then? Or certainly you could buy online - if you are SURE your headphone jack is the regular mini and you can SEE the red/white stereo inputs for one more device on your receiver.

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Tue, 26th May '09 11:54 PM

Thanks Andy I had a similar problem. Now I know!

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 27th May '09 12:24 AM

So Mitchy, I thought downgrading to version 10 would be the fix, because that's what I had on my other computer. I tried to download it and it came back with an error that version 10 was incompatible with my version of Windows. I apparently am stuck with version 11.

And yes, I finalize disks, burn from mp3's (but don't leave in that format), all the other things. I'm actually not doing anything different - I just think the fact that this computer is a more hopped up version, has a DVD burner drive that also burns CD's, and uses a different version of WMP, makes the CD's incompatible with my house stereo.

Maybe its just time for a new stereo

mitchy
Mitchy  (Level: 130.6 - Posts: 964)
Wed, 27th May '09 1:00 AM

No No YOU CAN remove 11 and add 10 I just got a brand new dell and thats what i did. dont let them lie to ya!!!
send me pm ill tell ya how!


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