Am I mad? CD-R problems!

vbimport

#1

I have had a business proposal sent to me on CD-R (powerpoint presentation). I’ve tried DVDs, CD-RW’s and CD-R’s and my computer (D drive) reads them fine. My potential partner is insisting the presentation is burnt onto this CD-R and it actually looks like there has been data burnt onto this disc (I can see a ring around the middle of the CD) but the D drive shows that there is nothing on this CD when I try to view it.

Am I missing something? Can somone please help as I urgently need to review the material on this CD if I can…


#2

Use isobuster to look at the disc, if necessary download the files to your hard drive and run it from there.
Isobuster is free just Google for it.


#3

Maybe the person who burnt the disc has forgotten to finalize it, if you have a CD/DVD writer, try reading the disc on that.


#4

Hi there,

I tried Isobuster and it detects that there is a 420mb doc there but I can’t open it. It has a red cross next to it in Isobuster. I’ve extracted it but still can’t open the file. It’s now an IBQ image. I’m out of my depth here. Then I extracted again and now I have a BIN and also a TAO image.

The DVD player in my laptop writes but I can’t see the doc - is this what you mean?

Is there anyway of viewing this doc given what Isobuster has discovered? It’s my first time using it and I will look at the manual but if you can give me any shortcuts tips, I would be very, very grateful. This guy is on my back to view this presentation and get back to him by today!! I can’t believe the powerpoint is 420mb in the first place!


#5

A few suggestions:

[ul]
[li]Try opening the TAO/BIN/IBQ image files with ISObuster.
[/li][li]Install a virtual drive software (Daemon tools) and mount the various images with that to see if you can view the document
[/li][li]If above fails, contact the person who burnt the CD-R and ask them to send you the presentation (compressed with WinRAR/7Zip to save space) via the internet (E-mail or file sharing website hosting)
[/li][/ul]

All Microsoft document formats are needlessly bloated & space inefficient for reasons known only to them, maybe hardware manufacturers pay them to do things this way :wink:


#6

sounds dumb…open cd/dvd tray…hold shift key down…insert cd with shift key still held down…release shift key only after cd spins up and winds down again…then try to open in normal fashion…

it’s a really old trick, but actually works sometimes…:slight_smile: