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Cd rom I put a cd in and it seems to start running but the program will not start.

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Re: cd rom

Gud day

what type of cd did you put in your cd-rom drive? is it a program or application? have you try browsing the cd theough explorer? try cleaning your cd-rom drive with compress air...and see if the cd have scratch on it...

hope this helps


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