I have a LG Blu-Ray writer, a WH10LS30. My OS is Windows 7, 64-bit. After the last three updates received from Windows Update (though I don't know them to be the cause), my CDs are not being recognized as such in Windows.

The CDs are viewable in Windows Explorer, and I can click on the .cda files, and Windows Media Player will come up, but it won't play anything. The size of the files is shown as zero.

If I open up a different program, like Blaze Media Pro, then I can play the files just fine.

So the Blu-Ray drive is working fine, but there is still a problem. This is pretty hard to look up on the Internet, since most people posting have drive problems.

I've run the System File Checker and it did what repairs it felt it needed to do, but to no avail. Troubleshooter didn't help at all.

Screenshot #1, Drive in Windows Explorer:

Windows Explorer Drives

Screenshot #2, CD in Windows Explorer:

Windows Explorer CD

Screenshot #3, WMP 12 Library Tab

WMP12 Library Tab

Any Ideas?

  • Can you use cmd to access the drive? Does it show a non-zero file size of any of the contents? – soandos May 31 '11 at 6:10
  • @soandos, it will access it, and list the contents, but the size of each file is showing as exactly 44 bytes. – Lance Roberts May 31 '11 at 6:23
  • Can you mount a virtual CD and see if the same thing happens? – soandos May 31 '11 at 6:30
  • @soandos, I have a virtual CD mounted all the time (from my usb backup drive) and the one file on it looks normal spacewise (it's an exe). – Lance Roberts May 31 '11 at 6:36
  • If the CD itself is good, then I have no idea, sorry – soandos May 31 '11 at 6:47

Your drive is working fine.

Audio-CDs will show up with tracks as files, but they contain no audio data. Audio-CDs need to be accessed as audio. In my Media Player the audio cd is listed automagically in the library tab.

  • I've added pics to show that it isn't shown in the Library tab. Also note that it was working fine just last week, and only recently has started doing this (not necessarily all of the behavior, but it had no problem playing audio CDs in WMP before). – Lance Roberts Jun 1 '11 at 16:01

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