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my windows 95 computer isnt reading discs properly? Answered

It plays for about a second and the freezes for about 10 seconds and just keeps doing it.

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dylwig
dylwig

11 years ago

a computer that was designed for win95 is most likely to have legacy hardware. There could be spare parts but hardware that old usually has some sort of compatibility issues whether its apparent or not. www.pricewatch.com You can get a barebones computer that is actually decent for 150-300 bucks

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Sometimes things just get old and start to fail. For 1$ maybe you could make something with it? like a LASER pointer

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coolpizzadude
coolpizzadude

Answer 11 years ago

OK but I wold like to fix it.

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Have you tried cleaning the disc, and cleaning the drive? Sounds like it's struggling to read. Then again, for a Win95 machine I'm surprised it's still working at all... L

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coolpizzadude
coolpizzadude

Answer 11 years ago

The disk works fine on all my other computers but they're allot younger and I cleaned the drive several times but I guess I can't expect much for a dollar.

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 11 years ago

Maybe the drive is "on it's way out" - or is it only that disc and that drive?

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coolpizzadude
coolpizzadude

Answer 11 years ago

I took it apart a week ago and it looks brand new inside. could it be the driver.

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coolpizzadude
coolpizzadude

Answer 11 years ago

I just put an almost brand new disk that has on scratches whatsoever and it did the same thing

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 11 years ago

It's the drive then. Either replace it, or take it apart in the hope that a more thorough cleaning will fix it. L

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NobodyInParticular
NobodyInParticular

Answer 11 years ago

You payed a dollar for the disc or for the Win95 machine?

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coolpizzadude
coolpizzadude

Answer 11 years ago

the win95 machine

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cutting Matt
cutting Matt

Answer 11 years ago

it might be that, or could it be computability issues? say, why do you still have a 95?

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coolpizzadude
coolpizzadude

Answer 11 years ago

the disk I've bin using says it's designed for a windows 95. And the reason I still have a 95 is probably for parts or something else it depends if i can get it working properly.

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NobodyInParticular
NobodyInParticular

11 years ago

Try booting up the computer on a Linux LiveCD and see if the drive works any better. (If you try Puppy Linux, you might need the "retro" version.)

By the way, when the disc says "designed for Windows 95" it is probably not saying anything about XP compatibility. It is bragging that it is capable of fully using the amazingly powerful machine that you need to run this new Win95 operating system.

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coolpizzadude
coolpizzadude

Answer 11 years ago

should I copy it on a floppy disk since I don't have Internet.and wich is the retro verson.

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NobodyInParticular
NobodyInParticular

Answer 11 years ago

Puppy is small, but not that small. There are Linux versions that fit on one floppy, but you are trying to test the CD drive here. You would need to get someone else to download and burn it to a CD for you.

Do you have another bootable disk you can try, like a Windows Installation CD? Could you get someone to burn the UBCD for you?

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coolpizzadude
coolpizzadude

Answer 11 years ago

I could get someone to burn it for me but that would take a few weeks. cold it be the driver.

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NobodyInParticular
NobodyInParticular

11 years ago

While do-it-yourself fixes can be fun, there comes a point where it's just not worth spending your valuable time on it.

Ebay has used CD drives starting at $9 (including shipping). If you would rather not open up your computer case, just add another $5 for an external drive. Newegg has a brand new CD/DVD drive for $16 (free shipping).

Of course, you could probably get a whole new computer for less than $100 on Craig's List or for free on Freecycle and donate your old one to some local group that fixes up free computers for low-income people.