Is my CD drive reading OK?

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Without using any application, is there no fundamental way in WindowsXP to check a CD (in my case, an HP printer installation disk) for errors?
With all due embarrassment,

Yes, you can load it in and try to read it, if it reads, than disc is OK, if it does not read, than there is a problem.
Otherwise you can download Nero Speed (free) and check you disc for errors, but not all drives will perform all the tests.