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Problems with burning CDs


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I've been having trouble with burning CDs. I used to use Roxio (came with the computer), until it stopped working, and then I started using RealPlayer until it stopped working.

I haven't tried burning a CD on those two in a while, since it just ruins the CD and then I have to throw it out. What would happen is that it would start the burning process, then wuold just have an error or whatnot during the process (usually at the end, when the CD was being finalized).

I downloaded DeepBurner from the pinned thread, and tried using that to burn a CD. Twice, it wouldn't get past the initializing.

It seems like it's the computer that has the problems, not the programs. Is this correct? Anyone know how to fix this?
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Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD and Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

If you do not have an XP CD you can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD, if you downloaded SP2 then you need an SP1 XP CD

Click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

Windows will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this.

This will take an hour or so before it gets to the desktop.

Download and install Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up Disc Clean Up

Run Tune Up Registry Clean Up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, which will take a few minutes and need a reboot. You should disable the antivirus programme to run this and check it is running after the reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

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Download a trial version of Nero and see how you get on with that:
http://www.nero.com
Also, it's important to temporarily disable any antivirus on-access scanner you may have running whilst the actual burning process is running - this is usually achieved by right-clicking your AV icon in the system-tray and selecting 'disable' or 'stop on-access protection' (depending on which AV application you have).

Another tip is not to try burning at maximum speed as this can cause write-errors or 'buffer underrun' if you have an old cd writer which can't compensate for it. even with the latest cd writers it's wise to keep writing speed below the maximum to avoid write errors.

Edited by pip22, 12 September 2006 - 02:03 PM.

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Thanks, I'll try disabling any anti-virus for now, and then I'll try Nero and see if that works.
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I tried burnnig a CD on DeepBurner at the slowest speed, and it didn't work. I remember that I have a copy o Acoustica MP3 CD Burner that I bought online a long time ago, and I treid that. The CD did well in the test run on the slowest speed, but it couldn't get past the initializing process when it started for real.
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Have you checked for firmware updates for the drive

Post the make and model if you cannot find it, and also if there is a choice because firmware updates are irreversible

Did you run through post 2
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