Thursday night I received an email from a old client of mine which stated that their computer would no longer recognize nor play music CDs on their DVD player. Being lazy and not in the mood to type out an entire list of directions on how to fix the problem, I opted for a quick Google and found what I was looking for. Seems that over at the C/Net forums a comment from fjord_fox was exactly what the doctor ordered. I thought I would share what I found in case someone else was experiencing the problem.

Here are two options to fix the problem:

Option One:
To fix it, open “My Computer”, or “Windows Explorer”, find the drive icon for your CD/DVD player/burner and right-click on it. When the popup menu opens, choose, “Properties”. Click on the “Auto Play” tab. Click on “Select an Action to Perform”. Click on the “Restore Defaults” button and click on the “Apply” button. Then click on “Prompt me each time to choose an action” and click on the “Apply” button again. (Note: If you want it to open in a particular program each time you put in your music CD, instead of clicking on “Prompt me…” choose the program you want it to open each time you put in your CD. Now click on “Apply” and “OK” and restart your computer. Now put in a music CD and see if it works as it should.

If it still doesn’t work, here is something else you could do…

Option Two:
You could try uninstalling Windows Media Player 11 (WMP), and then re-installing it again. You may argue that you don’t like WMP, but do this anyway, because it would get your file settings right. Then if you don’t like WMP, you could go back to the above “Select an Action to Perform” to change it.

Open “Control Panel” and choose “Add or Remove Programs”. Scroll all the way down and double-click on “Windows Media Player 11” to uninstall it. Once it is uninstalled, restart your computer. (Note: You should always restart your computer whenever you do an uninstallation or an installation of a program.) You can re-install it at the Microsoft website here. Once it is installed, restart your computer and try the music CD, and it should work as usual.

So if you are experiencing this problem give these fixes a try. If you have any additional fixes to share, please leave a comment.