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Hello, You have two possible issues: 1. Defective hardware part 2. Outdated driver
To isolate the problem, I suggest that you try playing a known good CD. If it's not going to work, then install RadarSync and scan your computer with it. It would tell you if you have an outdated driver in the computer. Update the drivers.
See if it would play regular cd, then see if it would play dvd's. The reason is because most gaming cd now and days are dvd's and maybe your dvd-rom has a driver issue or the laser head isn't reading it. So try that first, then see if the drivers for the cd/dvd rom is working properly in the device manager. It may need a dvd coded software, try installing like powerdvd or something. If it still ain't working, and it can't play dvd's then your cd-drive could be history
You must determine if the problem is the media you are using (CD, DVD) or the drive itself. (CD/DVD Rom)
First see if the driver is installed for the CD/DVD ROM by Right clicking My Computer and choosing Properties, Hardware, Device Manager. Clikc the plus sign next to DVD/CD Rom Drives to see if there is a yellow exclamation point, or question mark. This means you need to install the correct driver. If there are no yellow exclamation marks or question marks your driver is installed properly.
Next try playing difffernt CD's to see if any of them work. Confirm they are good CD's by playing them on another device, then try them on your Compaq. If the Cd's play on another device you may possibly be experiencing read errors on the CD/DVD Rom drive. Try using a CD Laser Cleaner that will clean the laser head of the CD /DVD Rom. it looks like a CD with small brushes on the music side. This may solve a read error problem. if that does not solve your problem you may need to replace the CD/DVD Rom drive.
It is most likely a bad CD. Try other CD's, and if they work fine, then you have a scratched (visible or not) CD. If very few or no other CDs work, then you have either a bad CD drive or a bad Driver.
Try going to the CD drive's website and find an updated driver. If you already have the latest driver, try re-installing it, then restart your computer. If none of that works, then you should try a different CD drive.
Also, if your not an administrator, try accessing the drive withe Admin privileges. Also, try the CD at school or work, or a different computer and see if it works.
okay try this
Go to your My computer icon--right click on it
Find ur cd/dvd drive on it
Uninstall it by right clicking it (dont get scared ur system will detect it itself in next reboot and u dont need any drivers for it)
hope it will works if there is no physical damage
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It sounds like your computer is missing a DVD decoder software. Witout this little thing, the drive will not work. Try getting a program like Win DVD or Cyberlink Power DVD they are very cheap, and work well. If this does not work, try updating both the drivers and the firmware.