Ever since I put in a music CD, listened to it, shut it off, closed down the music program, and removed the CD, my Gateway Solo 1450 laptop continually makes this sound like it's trying to play a CD. Sounds like the needle at the end of a record album, click-click, fuzzzz, click-click, fuzzzzz. How do I make it stop? It's driving me crazy.
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Re: CD drive trying to play CD when drive is empty
Apparently your laptop still thinks there is a cd to play. Be sure you closed down all your programs. I am assuming that you already logged off and shut your computer down and restarted. It could be something as simple as your sensor that detects the cd being in place and just a little dust. Use some clean compressed air that comes in a can and can be bought like at Radio Shack or electronic supply house. Put the nozzle on and blow out any dust that may be in there. Power down and then restart your computer. That should take care of your problem.
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have you set the dvd defaut settings in your operating system? if you havent set this for a program to use to play the dvd's its possible that it doesnt recognize it. go to your start menu then all programs select default programs. then choose change auto play settings. these settings all ahve drop down menus of the available media players on your pc choose the one you want to use. this should help you out
The error means that you are using a file on the external hard drive and that it can not close that file when it is use. You have to close the program that is using the file first.
Example: Lets go on the assumption that you have your music collection on the external. If you still have your music player running when you try to disconnect, you will be greeting with the same error message.
If the external contains any files that your Operating System uses, you will get this message anytime the computer is on. An example of this can be your "Page File".
Shutting the computer down correctly is your safest bet until you find exactly what file is being used and what program is using it. During shut down, the computer closes any running programs. With no programs running, it will safely disconnect from the external HD because there will be no files in use.
If you manually disconnect it while the file is in use, you could very easily corrupt the file and make it unusable. This is comparable to an Operating System getting corrupted from a computer not being shut down correctly (pulling the power from wall without doing a shut down).
Are you trying to record and listen at the same time? It doesn't usually work that way, the computer has to process and encode the audio signals before they can be listened to. Once you restore the computer, are you able to listen to the recording? If you have onboard sound, rather than a separate sound card, all the audio processing is done by your CPU. If you are trying to listen to the audio as it is being recorded, you are probably overloading the capabilities of the device and its shutting itself down. Try to record without listening. Also make sure you have the latest drivers. If it is onboard audio, check the manufacturer's website for updates. If you know that it is Realtek AC 97 (probably says so your manual), you can download new drivers from the Realtek website.
One of the most common problems with older & a lot of newer notebooks has been battery's over heat & the system shuts down. I suggest you remove the battery & run off the AC power cord. Run the programs you mentioned & see if the notebook shuts down. This is only a test.
Packard Bell has a site where it can Diagnosis & Repair some problems loacated at this link. Try it.
Windows closing slow means you have a bunch of program that are running in the back ground. Windows has to close each before the system can shut down. To see just what is running in the back ground. Allow windows to completly finish opening. Click the start button, click run. In the window type, msconfig & click ok. System Configuration Utility window will open. Click on the Startup tab. Now you can see just what programs are running in the back ground.
Adding memory can also help speed up a slow pc & keeping the system clean by using the two programs listed next.
First. Run disk cleanup, a windows program found in system tools. Than run Defrag also found in system tools. Restart the pc when finished. This should help your system to run a bit better.
If you have the CD that came with the sound card uninstall the software through Add/ Remove programs found in the control panel. Restart the pc. Reinstall the drivers from the CD & try opening a few programs. Open & run the program your using to play music. Any better? If not try using another music program like iTunes a free download found here. http://www.apple.com/itunes/
You can also try the drivers from creative they may be newer than your CD here: http://us.creative.com/support/downloads/welcome.asp?action=next