How come I cannot rip audio with Windows Media Player 11?

by on October 11, 2009

Q: I have a dell inspiron 531 and I am having problems ripping audio files from my e: drive to WMP 11. When I go into the control panel to manually bring up an audio file from a cd the drive is only classified as a DVD drive. I tried a reboot to clear and then reinstall the drivers using the factory provided disks but it didn’t work. What should I do?

3 Responses to “How come I cannot rip audio with Windows Media Player 11?”

    When you put an audio cd in the drive you probably won’t see any file on the actual drive, this is totally normal.

    First you need to make sure you can listen to audio CDs on your pc without a problem. Assuming that works, read through these directions from Microsoft to make sure that you’re not missing any important steps:


      Dear Mark,

      I was able to perform the rips in WMP11 previously without a problem. Now it is like there isn’t even a drive to read the audio files. I can access the program but the drive isn’t reading any music cd’s. It reads dvd’s just fine. I also experience a lot of not responding errors for WMP while trying to rip or listen to an audio cd. Any input you have would be great. Thank you so much.



    Okay, in that case the trouble is either with your drive’s lens or with your audio cds. Take a look at your audio cds and make sure they aren’t scratched up or smudged. Try burned audio CDs and normal store bought audio cds and see if you can find any pattern to what works and what doesn’t.

    To clean the laser lens of the drive you’ll need a cleaning disk, should run about $10 at your local wal-mart/target/etc. Takes just a minute but it might do the trick.