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Media Player and media center not working properly

Every time I try to rip music from a CD to my computer I get a mesage saying a cd drive needs to be inserted to rip music. And when I try to play a DVD I get a message saying I need to insert a dvd or dvd-r.

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  • Sarat Feb 01, 2008

    Every time I put a dvd into the drive Windows gives me the message: Windows Media Center cannot detect a video DVD in the DVD-ROM drive. Insert a video DVD into the drive. I have of course already done this. I purchased this laptop new back in May of 07. I have downloaded some softwares since purchasing it so I know that it was working. I just don't use the rom all that often so I don't know when it decided to quit. I have a funny feeling like there is something wrong with Windows and not the computer because I can feel and hear the DVD ROM starting up. Gateway tried to help me out but finally just told me to send the laptop back to them and they would fix it. I use my laptop every day and haven't found a time when I could do without it for the 3 week period that they said was an aproximate time frame for repair. If there is something simple that I can do at home to try to fix it I would love to try. Gateway logged into my laptop (hacked I guess) and the person checked some setting and it still did not work. I check Microsoft's website occassionally to see if anyone else is having this specific problem and as of yet have not found anyone....I did switch to Firefox browser a few months ago and thought that maybe this was the problem. Firefox let me download a Media Player plugin but that did not help. I have tried using Internet Explorer and not Firefox and it still does not detect the DVD, I have purchased a new printer and it doesn't detect the software installation disk for that either. Hope this helps. Format is Vista.

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    Windows Media Center can't detect a DVD in my drive either, although the DVD plays in my regular DVD player (not the computer). I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop and Vista.

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Ripping cds and faulty webcam


Re the Ripping problem, for Win7:

To rip music from an audio CD

  1. Click the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33_818.jpg, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Center.
  2. If Media Center is not in full-screen mode, click the Maximize button a9bd23ff-99f8-42fd-a627-c155b7e87ddd_75.jpg in the upper-right corner of the window.
  3. Insert an audio CD into the CD-ROM drive on your computer. The CD will start playing automatically.
  4. On the Now Playing screen, click Rip CD. (If you navigated away from the Now Playing screen, you can always return there from the Windows Media Center start screen by scrolling to Music, clicking Music library, clicking Albums, and then clicking the CD you inserted.)
  5. If this is the first time you've ripped a CD, follow the instructions on the CD Ripping Options screen. (You won't see this screen the next time you rip a CD.)
  6. In the Rip CD dialog box, click Yes to rip the tracks to your computer. The ripped music files are automatically added to your Music library.
Re the webcam problem, would need more info. Do you know if the laptop has webcam software installed at all?

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I can not copy an audio CD into my computer!


You can't copy Audio CD's to a hard drive. The .cda format is meant for only CD's. You have to rip them to some other format for a hard drive to recognize (such as .wma or .mp3).

How to rip an Audio CD using Windows Media Player

QUICK RIP
You can do a quick rip if the "AutoPlay" menu comes out when you insert a disk in your computer's DVD/CD drive.

One of the options under AutoPlay is to "Rip Music From CD (using Windows Media Player)" which will automatically launch Windows Media Player and the Rip menu. Make sure you uncheck the "Always do this for Audio CDs" box so your computer doesn't automatically launch the Rip menu every time you insert a CD (i.e. in case you just want to listen to a CD next time).

Start the ripping process by clicking on the "Start Rip" button (e.g. in Windows Media Player 11, for example, it's on the lower right once you're in the Rip menu). You'll also have an option to use your Internet connection and have Windows Media Player automatically find details about the CD you're using so you don't have to fill out album and song details yourself (for this tutorial, let's assume that you're not connected to the Internet, which means you'll end up with an unknown album with unknown songs). You'll know the ripping process is done once all the songs show "Ripped to library" under "Rip status."

By default, Windows Media Player will rip your tunes in WMA format and save it in your "Music" folder. You can access the folder by clicking on the Windows logo at the bottom left of your computer's screen. For Windows XP, for example, it'll be the "Start" button. For Windows Vista or Windows 7, it's the circular icon with the Windows four-panel graphic that looks like a waving flag.
Clicking the "Start" button in Windows XP will bring up a menu box with "My Music" as one of the options. For Vista, clicking on the Windows button will bring up a menu with "Music" as one of your options. Anyway, clicking on either of those choices will open your music folder. Look under Unknown Artist and you should be able to find the Unknown Album you just ripped. Once you find the songs, you can rename them one by one.
To do a normal rip, let's go to the next step.


NORMAL RIP
For more options, like changing your ripped music's format to MP3 or changing the folder where you save your music, you can do a normal rip.

Start by launching Windows Media Player yourself via the "Programs" option by clicking on either the "Start Menu" tab in Windows XP or the Windows logo in Vista or Windows 7 (both at the lower left of your screen). Insert your music CD. (To simplify things, just cancel and close down the "Autoplay" menu in case it shows up.)

Once you're in the Rip menu, click on the Rip tab to bring up a list of options. "Format" lets you pick between Windows Media Audio formats, WAV, and the more popular MP3 format. The WMA and WAV both have "lossless" format options, which means the music will be ripped with no loss in quality. The MP3 format, meanwhile, offers wider compatibility with portable music players and smaller file sizes but sacrifices a certain amount of quality depending on the bit rate of your file. This brings us to the "Bit Rate" button, which basically lets you pick the quality of the rip. The default for bit rate is 128 Kbps. Note that the higher the bit rate you pick, the better the quality you'll get, but you'll also get a larger file size.

========this worked for me and should work for you too, please let me know if it helps========

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You cannot drag and drop music from an audio cd to your computer. You need to rip it. Use itunes or windows media player. Look for the option to "Rip" music from the CD.

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Well it all depends on what you want to do. Do you want to take the music from a cd and put it on your Mp3 player, or do want to directly download music tracks from the internet on to your Mp3 player. If you want to get music from a cd onto your Mp3 player, you will first need copy your cd with windows media player or another cd playing software. You will need to change the format into "Mp3" format by "ripping" it. "Ripping" a CD is basically copying music to your computer.
After you have the files properly formatted on your hard drive, you can remove the drive from your mp3 player and plug it into a "usb" port on your computer. You then go to your hard drive, find the files you copied, making sure they are in the proper format,and then move them to the drive of your Mp3 player.

OK lets say you want to download music directly from the internet. You need to see if any special software is required to assist in the downloading process. Normally you wont need any. You just hook up your device to a "usb" port, go to your settings and look for "usb mode" or connect. With some devices you wont need to do anything, because they will automatically be detected as a removable hard drive.

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Downloading music to your Mp3 player is easy and fun. Depending upon the capacity of your Mp3 players hard drive or flash drive you can store hundreds of music tracks, giving you hours of listening pleasure. Once you download music for the first time you will find out how easy it is. You can visit my web site, and choose from a variety of the top music download vendors, many offering free music.

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First things first, you need a computer, a cd-rom, a media player like realplayer, windows media player or itunes, a usb cable for your mp3 player to be connected to the computer.
After getting all these materials, you can proceed to ripping the song from the cd by inserting the cd into the cd-rom(cd drive) and open any media player then rip the audio from the cd.
After the ripping is completed, you can now connect your mp3 player to your computer and then locate the place where the music file is stored under your computer hard disk and then copy it from there into the memory of the mp3 player.
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Hello,

Normal audio CD tracks should be converted to mp3 files onto the computer's hard drive, first.
This is called ripping or RIP function.
There are several programs that can RIP audio CD.
It is important to convert music into the correct bitrate for the player to match for playback. (192 kbps is good quality and often used)
You can use Windows Media Player 10 or 11 for conversion.

When you use WMP 10 or 11 and the player is detected in the program:
1. Tell the player were your music library is: setup your music library.
2. Create a playlist; make playlist name and add mp3 files to the list.
3. Synchronize the playlist with mp3 files to the player.

If the player cannot be detected in WMP 10 or 11, but only can be viewed as a removable disk in "My Computer" : use the "copy and paste" or "drag and drop" method to put mp3 files from the computer onto the player.

When needing more help, don't hesitate to write a comment in this reply.

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