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A fix for unmountable audio CDs, revisited System
I developed a problem recently of not being able to mount Audio CDs in 10.2.6. I tracked it down to something being wrong with the particular user's preferences (i.e. other accounts on the same machine mounted CDs fine), and fixed it by deleting these files from the ~/Library/Preferences/ folder:
CDDB Preferences
CD Info.cidb
then logging out and logging back in. If the CD is already in the drive, you might need to eject it and reinsert after deleting the above. The previous hint from 2001 did not work in my case, so perhaps this new method will help other Jaguar users.
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A fix for unmountable audio CDs, revisited
Authored by: gsdali on Sep 19, '03 01:29:25PM

This will of course delete all CD and track names stored by your computer, but not really a problem if you have a good internet connection.

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A fix for unmountable audio CDs, revisited
Authored by: thereitis on Sep 19, '03 06:37:19PM
This will of course delete all CD and track names stored by your computer

NOPE!

CD Info.cidb is only used to displays tracks and CDs names in the Finder.
iTunes/OSX still uses the files CD Remote Programs and CD Remote Programs Plus from the old days...

By the way this is not related to OSX 10.2.6 (I had to fix that last year!) but to the file CD Info.cidb (introduced with iTunes 3.0) that is very buggy and becomes corrupted irremediably after a while.

The only way to mount the audio CDs then is to delete it!

It's absolutely not necessary to delete CDDB Preferences (it's harmless nonetheless!)

but not really a problem if you have a good internet connection.
If you're happy with the crappy cddb info that is... =;)



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A fix for unmountable audio CDs, revisited
Authored by: bernarddouxfils on Sep 19, '03 06:03:50PM

I had this problem and try the fix . After log out / in CD audio mounted OK. Thanks.



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What about unmountable DVD's?
Authored by: ewheet on Sep 22, '03 10:15:46AM

I was playing a DVD on my PowerBook last night, and during the movie, DVD player crashed. Since then, I have been unable to get the DVD to mount in the drive again.
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What magic Prefs do I delete to fix this?



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A fix for unmountable audio CDs, revisited
Authored by: davegoulden on Jan 14, '04 04:11:11PM

Using OS X 10.2.8 (Jaguar) I received alerts that my Audio CD did not contain any information that could be read. Other Audio CDs worked just fine, the disc would simply not show in the Finder.

However, the VLC app seemed to see it and play it so I could tell it wasn't a hardware problem.

This hint worked very nicely (as of January 14 2004)

I don't know how you worked out what the problem was but thank you whoever you are!



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