Used to burn CDs with Windows Media Player, but now the CDs won't play

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?

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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?

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Since you report that the MP3 files must be available on your hard
drive or the CD won't play makes me think you burned shortcuts
on the CD and not the actual MP3 music files.

I'm guessing you want to burn an Audio (music) CD that will play
on all CD players...if that is correct...have a look at the following
information.

Windows Media Player 11
for Windows XP
Burn Your Own Customized CDs
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/knowledgecenter/howto/mp11/burn.aspx

Windows Media Player Tutorial: How to Burn an Audio CD With Media Player 11
http://mp3.about.com/od/windowsmediaplayer/ss/WMP_burnacd_tut.htm
(5 page tutorial)

Also...the freeware CDBurnerXP may be worth a try:

CDBurnerXP
http://www.cdburnerxp.se/
(yes it runs on XP, Vista, 7)

CDBurnerXP Create Audio Disk
http://cdburnerxp.se/help/Audio/compileaudio

If you want to create an MP3 disk that will play on players that
are compatible with MP3 files...you need to create a Data CD.
The advantage is that you can burn many more songs per disk...
the disadvantage is that some players will not play the CD.

CDBurnerXP Create Data Disk
http://cdburnerxp.se/help/Data/compiledata
(the green bar at the bottom of the screen
will turn red if you add too many files)


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Thanks for the links, I have checked them over, and the tutorials are the same as what I have done before. I have burned CDs with WMP before this, just the same way as they say to do and the same as I burned these coaster disks, which is why I'm concerned. The only difference between their tutorials and what I did was that I arranged the playlist in the 'Now Playing' screen and chose 'Burn Current Playlist' on the Burn page, which worked with another CD. I shall try doing it the way they say, choosing from the library instead of making a playlist, and see if that makes a difference, when I get the opportunity.

My computer came with IBM RecordNow! burning software, which I have not tried yet. When I have the opportunity, I shall try it and the software you have recommended. I'm not sure which is more important right now - being able to burn CDs again or getting WMP back to burning properly. It's just the latest in a long string of problems, which makes it all the more frustrating...on the other hand, I think I'm finally winning out, since I've defeated every other problem it's thrown at me so far.

I'll come back after I've tried them all and let you know if they worked or if I could use some more help.

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Thanks for the links, I have checked them over, and the tutorials are the same as what I have done before. I have burned CDs with WMP before this, just the same way as they say to do and the same as I burned these coaster disks, which is why I'm concerned. The only difference between their tutorials and what I did was that I arranged the playlist in the 'Now Playing' screen and chose 'Burn Current Playlist' on the Burn page, which worked with another CD. I shall try doing it the way they say, choosing from the library instead of making a playlist, and see if that makes a difference, when I get the opportunity.

My computer came with IBM RecordNow! burning software, which I have not tried yet. When I have the opportunity, I shall try it and the software you have recommended. I'm not sure which is more important right now - being able to burn CDs again or getting WMP back to burning properly. It's just the latest in a long string of problems, which makes it all the more frustrating...on the other hand, I think I'm finally winning out, since I've defeated every other problem it's thrown at me so far.

I'll come back after I've tried them all and let you know if they worked or if I could use some more help.

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It's beginning to sound like you have a hardware problem...
maybe it's time for a new burner.


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I worried about it being the burner too for awhile, but it burned rewritable data discs just fine, and then after earlier today I started to think it will still work for a bit longer.

I tested IBM/Sonic RecordNow, and the CD that it created plays just fine. It has played in the computer and in two different CD players so far, so one burner software is working. No pause between tracks that I can tell, which is both a good and bad thing, since I'm not sure how to put one in, but usually I don't want one. So it makes me guess that some setting has gone wrong/I'm doing something wrong with WMP, rather than the burner going bad quite yet.

I am going to test the CDBurnerXP, I have to install a .Net framework to get it to work, so it hasn't been installed yet. I still am going to check some things with WMP and Nero as well. At the moment, though, I am glad to have one program that seems to have worked. I should be able to try the other programs tomorrow.

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I worried about it being the burner too for awhile, but it burned rewritable data discs just fine, and then after earlier today I started to think it will still work for a bit longer.

I tested IBM/Sonic RecordNow, and the CD that it created plays just fine. It has played in the computer and in two different CD players so far, so one burner software is working. No pause between tracks that I can tell, which is both a good and bad thing, since I'm not sure how to put one in, but usually I don't want one. So it makes me guess that some setting has gone wrong/I'm doing something wrong with WMP, rather than the burner going bad quite yet.

I am going to test the CDBurnerXP, I have to install a .Net framework to get it to work, so it hasn't been installed yet. I still am going to check some things with WMP and Nero as well. At the moment, though, I am glad to have one program that seems to have worked. I should be able to try the other programs tomorrow.

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There could still be an intermittent hardware problem but hopefully
it's just software related. Sounds like you're having better luck now.

Thanks for the update.


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Hey, I'm back. Wish I had a better update, but I have another problem/question.

It seems that the CD I burned that worked...only sorta worked, and I was wondering if anyone might have an idea what's going on.

I finally got a chance to listen to it the whole way through, and on two different CD players, the last two songs are cut off halfway through. It just goes on to the next track as though that is the proper ending.

I tried the CD on this laptop in WMP, and it played the last song the whole way through. So half of the song doesn't seem to want to play on other players, but the rest will. I haven't checked all the songs, I checked the last two and listened to the first fourteen (out of nineteen) and they were just fine - the whole song plays with no problem.

The last two come up as the whole thing on the comp, just don't play in the two players I've tried it in.

Any ideas what could cause a burner to burn half songs for CD players but not computers and only on two or three songs?

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Hey, I'm back. Wish I had a better update, but I have another problem/question.

It seems that the CD I burned that worked...only sorta worked, and I was wondering if anyone might have an idea what's going on.

I finally got a chance to listen to it the whole way through, and on two different CD players, the last two songs are cut off halfway through. It just goes on to the next track as though that is the proper ending.

I tried the CD on this laptop in WMP, and it played the last song the whole way through. So half of the song doesn't seem to want to play on other players, but the rest will. I haven't checked all the songs, I checked the last two and listened to the first fourteen (out of nineteen) and they were just fine - the whole song plays with no problem.

The last two come up as the whole thing on the comp, just don't play in the two players I've tried it in.

Any ideas what could cause a burner to burn half songs for CD players but not computers and only on two or three songs?

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Sorry...I don't have the answer...but I still think it's hardware related.

Did you ever give CDBurnerXP a try?


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I hadn't gotten a chance until a little earlier today to install CDBurnerXP, but I'll be trying it when I get the chance. It's an odd problem and I don't have a clue either, since everything else worked fine, for it to not play half a song is just weird. Sometimes I think this computer just hates me. (Sorry if I sound pessimistic, it's just that I got a virus four months ago and have been fighting this thing ever since. I'd take care of one problem, then find a new one, for the entire time. Right now this is one of 3 problems it has, 1 of which isn't important and the other I have a few leads for, so it's a bit frustrating. Every time I think I've fixed it, I get b*tchslapped.)

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I hadn't gotten a chance until a little earlier today to install CDBurnerXP, but I'll be trying it when I get the chance. It's an odd problem and I don't have a clue either, since everything else worked fine, for it to not play half a song is just weird. Sometimes I think this computer just hates me. (Sorry if I sound pessimistic, it's just that I got a virus four months ago and have been fighting this thing ever since. I'd take care of one problem, then find a new one, for the entire time. Right now this is one of 3 problems it has, 1 of which isn't important and the other I have a few leads for, so it's a bit frustrating. Every time I think I've fixed it, I get b*tchslapped.)

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I know you don't want to hear this...but sometimes the best
approach is to completely reinstall Windows XP and start over.

(If you ever decide to do that...be sure to back up all your
important personal files on external media before formatting
the hard drive)


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It was the best approach at the time, I agree - it was part of the whole redo and problems from four months ago. After fighting the virus for about a week, (at the time, it made windows hang on the wallpaper and never shut down), I reinstalled windows, but it had one of those recycler viruses that attack the autorun feature, so it was on my externals and made a lovely merry-go-round effect. After I finally figured out what it was, I got rid of it on one install, from the computer and all externals, and inoculated the externals from getting it again, then reinstalled windows again just to be sure I got it and found a registry edit to disable autorun.

The other problems have been things like - oh, you need to update x,y, and z. As in, oh, windows needs updated to the newest service pack. Now update IE, Adobe, this, that, and the other thing. Well, now the printer doesn't want to work (fixed easily with new ink, half of the cartridge had dried so it said it was full but it wasn't e_e). Then it was getting automatic updates to work, than it was something else. Now it's the computer takes a looong time to start up, CDs are refusing to burn properly, and although manual windows updates worked on the second Wednesday of last month, they didn't want to work when I tried to check for software updates when this CD problem started - wanted to check for WMP updates (hung on the 'checking for new updates' page). Got some ideas I'm going to try later for the updates, and I'm just dealing with it taking a long time to start up, as at least itis starting up.

The first thing I did after I got it re-installed and updated to SP3, plus most of my programs reinstalled and making sure it was clean, was to find a program that let me make restore disks for it and make some, actually. Then back everything on the external drives up onto DVDs. Every week I do a rewritable of the past week's work, as well.

So yeah, your idea kinda was the best at the time - most of my problems, aside from the computer suddenly having all these problems with burning CDs, comes from me trying to be a better computer-user and updating things I had stupidly let lag after doing the new install. I don't even remember them all, just that each one took a couple days to fix. So yeah, somebody fetch the world's tiniest violin to play a sad song on while I get some cheese to go with my whine, and we'll throw a nice pity party. :P

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