I tried to play an Audio CD using Media Player Classic (MPC) version 6,4,9,1.
More precisely, what I tried:
First of all I inserted the CD into the CD-Rom-drive. I selected "play" from the CD-right-click-menu, and the CD was played using the Win98SE-internal cdplayer.exe.
Then I tried to play the CD with MPC. I started MPC, selected "file" - and there was a command "open disc", what should obviously start playing CD ... but the command was greyed out!
Then I tried to load the *.cda-files from the Audio-CD manually to MPC, but I also got a (well-known?) error message "cannot render the file" from MPC.
I tried to edit some options inside MPC (e.g. assign *.cda file extension to MPC), but all with no effect - I got always the same error message, and the "open-disc"-command stayed greyed out.
I tried also some other MPC-versions than 6,4,9,1; always the same error occurs.
It seems that MPC hasn't detected that there was inserted a CD with files to play?!
Or that it can't find the correct filter(s) to play *.cda files?
So the deciding question: Did anybody ever have success to play an Audio CD with MPC?
BTW: I had the same issue while using the player "mplayer" which seemed to be an interesting alternative to MPC, but it can't play *.mid-files (and no *.cda-files).