CD Burning Woes

Framar

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I have just proceeded to ruin six brand new recordable CDs trying to make some compilations of all the music I have been gathering into my computer (for just this purpose). I LOVE to create aural collages!

Anyhow, I have done this procedure in the past with no problems, but now, for some unknown reason, I can only get halfway thru my list of tunes and the thing goes nuts and shuts down. I have tried both thru the Windows Media Player and the Nero program, at varying speeds, and with 2 good brands of CDs. (Maxell and Fuji)

It tells me to check the CD for debris (or whatever), to try a different speed or a different brand. But it records each list of songs, whether 40 minutes or 80 minutes worth, only half way and then ceases to be able to burn.

Anyone got any clues as to what could be happening??? All the Cds are 80 minutes capacity, and the procedure worked perfectly well before (could SP2 have anything to do with this?).

The first speed I tried was "Fastest" (in WMP). Then I stepped it down to 16x which also failed, and when I tried the Nero program it was set for 16x and "failed at 4x" ?!?

All of the songs SOUND OK when I listen to them - so I don't think the trouble is there.

I am trying to make Christmas presents!!! And my frustrated DJ personality is getting REALLY frustrated!!!

H E L P !!!!!!

(thanks)
 

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Hi Framar!

I'd try a different brand (Memorex is what I use personally), and if that doesn't solve the problem you may need a new cd burner. (about $25-$45).. I'd suggest replacing it with a dual layer DVD burner instead, often under $50 and the latest technology. The new ones will also burn the previous formats, such as CDRs, DVDrs, etc.

Nero is what I use here, without problem. I don't think you're having a software issue. It sounds like the hardware is either sensitive, dirty, or failing. Is there a smoker in the house?

Mike
 

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It's probably filled with cat hair! I'll try one of those disc cleaner thingies.
Maybe that will help.

I'm gonna try and test it with burning a bunch of photos.

How could the burner go so bad so quick - I have burned fewer than two dozen CDs (music and photos) in all! Rats!
 

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Curiouser amd curiouser... I was able to fill up a CD with PHOTOS - no problem! So the burner IS working -just not for music!

Hmmmmm..... The only weird thing was the Media Player kept popping up whilst I was burning the photos.....
 

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It could be that another program is accessing the processor while you are burning. It isn't so much of a problem with the newer, faster machines, especially with CD burners that have ....safewrite, underwrite...something like that technology. Are you converting your mp3's to waves before you burn or letting the burning software do it. I find that I have more success when I do the conversion in a seperate step.
James
 

Framar

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James - I just click where it sez to click - I have no idea what I am doing - I just follow the "prompts." What baffles me is that I could fill a CD with pictures but not music.

Some of the files are .mp3 and some are .wav. Could this be causing the problem? The program converts all of the files first (I know this because a little bar sez it is "converting" before it burns). But once again, I have put both of these on the same disc before with no fuss.

I feel like one of our last minute framing customers who gets this great idea for a present! LOL!
 

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Hi Framar,

Do you have any other programs running while it's trying to burn? Does your cd drive have some kind of buffer protection (buffer "overrun" or "overflow" protection)?
 
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