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Topic # 56624 19-Jan-2010 10:30
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I recently bought a CD stacker for my car, and loaded it up with CD-Rs I have had for 2-4 years now.

The first 2 played ok on the first day, then on another day I played another 2 and both would play the first 4 tracks ok, then from then onwards the CDs would play but continuously skip. I got a bit of a scare as I have never had problems with CDs, so I assumed the stacker had a fault with playing from certain positions in the magazine, but after moving the CDs around I realised it was only certain ones doing it, all my colour Imation CD-Rs.

I have gone through each one and re-burnt them using TDK discs and they are all fine, however there is one CD-R which has 24 tracks from 24 CDs, and would involve a bit more effort to redo.

When I put it in my PC it rips the first 3 tracks, then goes error, error, error for each track right to the end (in Windows Media Player with Vista), I've put it in a friends XT PC and used multiple programs to try rip it, and the result is it crashes their PC with DVD drive light staying on and making strange noises trying to read I assume.

The CD plays flawlessly in my Sony discman. Also worked flawlessly in previous car CD player.

Is there any way I'm going to be able to rip this CD? The CD is scratch free, like new, no colour deterioration, but the drive and OS that burnt it now cannot read it, so whats the problem here just so I have an understanding? I'd blame the DVD drive, but yet it works perfectly with all other brands of discs I use. I'd blame the disc, but yet it plays fine in some players and not others - so why would that be?

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  Reply # 291216 19-Jan-2010 15:35
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I had a stacker that refused to play certain types of CD-R's - though I don't recall the specific CD-R manufacturer. Replaced the stacker with a more recent version, all OK. Picked it up for $20.00 from TradeMe.

As for ripping your flaky CD - you say it works fine in a discman, but not in any PC-hosted CD or DVD drive ? Try a couple more PC's first.
Update the CD / DVD firmware. My Sony DVD burner need a couple of firmware updates to read certain disks.
Lastly, you can rip the CD via your discman via Line Audio-In on your PC, and of course some recording software - MS's Sound Recorder won't quite do it :-). I use Nero 7, which has a sound recorder application, but a general 'net search should bring up plenty of freeware. Won't be quite a digital rip, but that is a trade-off if you don't or can't get the original source tracks.

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