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CD ROM, CD-R, and DVD Resources

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The CD Information Center
A public service website from The CD-Info Company, contains information about Compact Disc (CD) & Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) in all their forms (physical and data formats), especially how they are manufactured and used for electronic publishing. Also presents links to other websites with more information on these subjects.

EMedia Magazine
Covers the tools and technologies that professionals use to publish, archive, distribute, and network digital content. Offers meaningful analyses, unique case studies, critical reviews, and comprehensive new products and emerging technology reporting. This site contains selected full-text articles and news from each issue of the magazine

Optical Storage Technology Association
OSTA is an international trade association dedicated to promoting use of writable optical technology for storing computer data and images.

ZDNet CD-Rom and DVD Help and How to
A good resource designed for beginners. Includes buying tips, FAQ's, and installation/upgrade guides.

Where to Start:

CD Recordable FAQ
Excellent and lengthy FAQ about CD-Recordable technology and related fields. It is a Usenet newsgroup FAQ, updated and posted around the middle of each month. The main foci are explaining CD-R technology, describing hardware and software solutions for creating audio CDs and CD-ROMs, and helping people find solutions to common problems. Source:

CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R Default Functionality and Software for Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 260992 - This article describes the default functionality in Windows 2000 for CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD-R devices. It also describes third-party "burner" software that is known to support Windows 2000. The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

A huge and comprehensive FAQ by the author of DVD Demystified.

How Compact Disks Work
Just in case you wanted to know. Source:

How DVD's Work
A non technical guide to the topic. Source:

Essential: DVD Specs
What you need to know about DVD-ROM interfaces. Source: ZDNet

Essential concepts in CD Recording
Published by the Adaptec Software Products Group, include formulas for determining how much data a CD-R can hold. Source:

How to Buy CD-ROM/DVD Drives
Whether you just need the answers to a couple of questions or want a full tutorial, this guide can help you on your way. Just click the answer to the question that most closely matches your needs. Source: ZDNet

Glossary of CD & CD-Recordable terminology
Also includes links to other Glossaries and terms.

Troubleshooting: Known Bugs and Issues

Troubleshooting CD-ROM Problems in Windows NT/2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 126380 - This article describes how to troubleshoot problems with your CD-ROM drive in Windows NT/2000.

Troubleshooting DVD Problems in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 249334 -  Windows 2000 supports DVD video playback as well as the ability to read DVD-ROMs. This article describes support for DVD video playback and covers the following areas:

Access to CD-ROM Lost When GUI-Mode Setup Starts
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 228852 - When you are installing Windows 2000, Setup may lose access to the CD-ROM drive after copying files and restarting. When this occurs, you receive the following error message: 

Cannot Detect IDE CD-ROM Attached to Sound Blaster Card 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 147676 - Windows NT Setup may report that no mass storage devices were found. You may also receive a message that prompts you to insert the Windows NT Server or Windows NT Workstation disk number 4.

CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R Default Functionality and Software for Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 260992 - Describes the default functionality in Windows 2000 for CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD-R devices. It also describes third-party "burner" software that is known to support Windows 2000. 

Computer Stops Responding When You Change Screen Resolution While Playing a DVD Movie
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 227651 - When you change the screen resolution on your Windows 2000-based computer while playing a DVD movie, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

DVD Audio Does Not Work Right on Dell, Compaq, and Gateway Computers That Run Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 289196 - When you try to run DVD programs from the DVD drive on a Dell, Compaq, or Gateway computer, the audio does not play correctly.

DVD Programs Do Not Start MCI-DVD on Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 227514 - When you try to play games from a DVD-ROM, you may receive the following error message: MCI error opening file f:XXX\XXXX\XXXX.VOB: A problem occurred in initializing MCI

Error Message When You Insert an Audio CD
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 259473 - After you install and then uninstall a third-party audio CD player by using the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel, inserting an audio CD does not cause the CD to start playing automatically. When you insert an audio CD, you may receive an error message.

High CPU Utilization on Compaq Laptops When You Play a DVD Movie
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 282021 - When you play a DVD movie on a Compaq M700 or E700 laptop computer, CPU usage may reach 100 percent after approximately 15-20 minutes, and this may cause the computer to be very slow or to appear to stop responding (hang).

Information Is Not Updated When Consecutively Viewing Two Similar CD-ROMs
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 214770 - You created two different CD-ROMs with identical file names, but with different data in the files, and then viewed the contents of the first CD-ROM. When you attempted to view the contents of the second CD-ROM, the CD-ROM does not display its contents.

May Not Be Able to Open Some Mixed-Format Enhanced CD-ROMs in Windows Explorer
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 225083 - Windows Explorer may not be able to read some enhanced CD-ROMs that contain both music tracks and computer data. Attempting to open such a CD-ROM may generate any of the following error messages:

Phantom CD-ROM Entries in Device Manager 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 316449 - Removable storage media, such as CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives, may appear with a red "x" in the Computer Management console. Even if storage media is not present in the system, the user may still see a red "x" for this item, as well as registry entries that pertain to this storage device. This issue has been observed with both integrated device electronics (IDE) and small computer system interface (SCSI) media

Renaming CD-ROM Drive Creates Admin$ Share to Which Everyone Has Full Permission
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 267868 - If you rename a CD-ROM drive or other removable-media drive (for example, from the default drive D to drive H), an administrative share for the new drive letter is created. No password is necessary to access the CD-ROM drive after the drive letter has been changed, regardless of who tries to connect. Members of the Everyone group have access to the drive. Renaming the drive back to its original drive letter does not resolve the problem

"Stop 0x00000050" Error Message When You Are Using a CD-ROM
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 302827 - When you are using a CD-ROM, you may receive a "Stop 0x00000050" error message.

Unable to Hear CD Audio in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 237871 - When you use Windows 2000, you may not hear CD audio through your digital speakers.

Windows 2000 Cannot Read CD-R Discs Created with DirectCD
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 268094 - Windows 2000 cannot read packet-written CD-R discs with metadata packets that are recorded at non-page-aligned addresses. This can prevent Windows 2000 from reading CD-R discs that are created by using Adaptec DirectCD or on Macintosh computer

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