Hey, I'm hoping someone can give me an idea what is going on here and how I can fix it, because I'm at a total loss.
Background: A couple of weeks before this started, I burned a CD with Windows Media Player. It plays in everything just fine, so I know it's capable of burning CDs that play in other players.
I am not sure which happened first, but I updated Windows through the Microsoft update page. Around the same time, I burned an audio CD with Nero. The version of Nero I have is 6, an essentials version that came bundled with my external DVD burner.
The CD burned with Nero had odd noises on it, clicking during some of the songs. Research leads me to believe that it's a Nero issue with mp3s, requiring a no-longer available plugin, and not the computer's problem.
There was another, different CD I wanted to burn, so I switched back to Windows Media Player. That's when the difficulties started.
The first CD I tried to burn, failed and said it was burning too fast. I hadn't changed any settings that I knew of, but I shrugged it off, changed the speed, and retried.
The CD that was created will play the first song, but will not play any others. The players try to play it, but cannot change from track one to track two. I have tried pausing, skipping to another track, and nothing works. It does the same in the burning computer.
On advice, I uninstalled and reinstalled the drive that burned the CD to reset the drivers. I tried burning a different CD. It works the same, with one slight difference - the mp3s are still on this computer, so it plays on here. If I take the mp3s off the computer, though, it stops working. Only on this computer, though. It still refuses to play anything but the first track anywhere else.
I went to reopen WMP to try and check something, and it refused to open properly. I had to close it using end program, and it closed. When it reopened, it gave me the error report that an optional plugin had caused the error and that they were disabled. I did not remember installing any optional plugins, so I checked. The only one showed was Nero Fast-Burning CD Plugin, and I do not know when it was installed. It is unchecked, so is presumably not engaged right now.
I have checked in the WMP column mode in the library, and the music is not protected, so it should burn onto the audio cd and let me play in a cd player. The music is all in mp3 format.
It burns rewritable CDs fine, and I have done a few of those since this whole thing began, so I do not think the laser has gone bad in the burner yet. It does burn the cds, they just won't play - anywhere.
The computer in question is an IBM Thinkpad laptop running Windows XP Pro SP 3.
Has anyone heard of anything similar? Does anyone have any ideas what could be going on or how to fix it so I can burn audio cds again?