So i've had a problem with my CD writer for the past few months. At first I thought maybe I was using a messed up batch of CD-R's (if that's even possible) but with a new batch of CD-R's now, i'm still having the same problem. Whenever I burn something, whatever is near the end of the cd usually will not work properly.
Examples: when burning music cd's the last 2 or 3 tracks will sound scratchy and will not play all the way through, or sometimes play at all. I had this problem with cd's that had 18-20 songs and even on shorter cd's with 8-10 songs. Same thing with data cd's, if I have files separated into folders, as you get to the lower folders (arranged alphabetically) they won't copy or read properly. Everyone once in awhile it will manage to copy or read, other times it'll just hang.
maybe I just need to clean out my CD writer lens? as far as programs go, I use ITunes and NERO for my burning needs and have had the same burning problems with both of them. Maybe I just need a new computer since this one is about 2 1/2 years old. My DVD-ROM struggles to read CD's and DVD's too. it's a pain.
Both the CD-R & DVD-ROM are flaking out the same? And they worked at some point with whatever burn speed you had it set at? Did they both start flaking out at the same time (like with an OS upgrade or security update?)
BTW is this a PC or a Mac?
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I agree with lowering the burn speed. It's the first thing I'd try, anyway.
Remember that a CD-ROM is written from the inside to the outside, the opposite of the way the groove on a record would be. Also remember that physics says the outside edge, when spinning fast, is going to wobble a lot more than the inside edge. This is probably your problem; CD-ROM drives spin the disc pretty much as fast as they can these days: you'll probably never see faster than 52X because physics isn't fond of the idea
Try cutting the burn speed in half (on a reasonably recent CD-RW drive, this should still get you your CD in a couple of minutes) and see if it improves. After that, maybe increase it by 2-4x at a time and see where the break point is.
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Originally posted by SirBubNormBoth the CD-R & DVD-ROM are flaking out the same? And they worked at some point with whatever burn speed you had it set at? Did they both start flaking out at the same time (like with an OS upgrade or security update?)
BTW is this a PC or a Mac?
I think the DVD-ROM started having the trouble first and the CR-R followed a couple months later. It's been about 6 months, I would guess, since everything started. I have a PC, btw.
Thanks for the advice. I've cut my burn speed in half. sadly, i've been a little busy and haven't found the time to actually burn anything yet, but i'm hoping it helps. if not, I guess i'll update again in the future.
These things do have a limited lifespan. We have three rack-mount CD burners at work (which are basically internal CD-R drives wrapped in a stand-alone interface) - and all of them at one time or another have had to go into the shop.Alignments get bounced out of whack, excessive dust accumulates, lasers give out - you name it.
Granted, you pay a bit more for the stand alone models than a regular CD-R, so they're worth repairing. And we burn at about 12 times the volume of your typical user. But it's something to keep in mind.
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