This initial problem began after the system was reinstalled from the original SP1 disc after the 'black screen of death' episode recently reported. Following the reinstall I began to download applications that had been removed after the crash. When I began to install audio music from CDs, this problem occurred. It seems as though there's something missing in the connection which is preventing either player (Media Player or Real Player) to function correctly. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
I tried to take a screen shot, and that doesn't work. Maybe the problem does have something to do with the reinstall; perhaps it's not reinstalled correctly?
All of my CDs are in pristine condition and they have no scratches, marks, smears, etc. This is what happens when I insert the CD:
The Windows Media Player window opens up, as normal, recognizes the disc title and lists the songs on the screen, begins to play track 1 (all other tracks are showing 'pending') and starts the rip. When the rip gets to 30% on track 1, the rip stops and each of the 'pending' words are replaced in quick succession with 'error' from track 1 to the last track, and the CD is ejected. The Media Player window remains on screen showing the words 'Insert an audio CD into the CD drive.' I click on 'Now Playing,' reinsert the CD and the CD begins to play, as normal, but within five seconds performs the same as when the computer was in the 'rip' mode.
Does anyone have any suggestions?