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Is My CD-R Dying?


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Okay...

Dell Desktop...Windows XP...Roxio CD Software.

I have tried several brands of blank media. I burn music CD's and the audio comes out all static-y and sometimes audio drops-out. I have tried the disc on several different players and DVD drives etc...Some players play discs better than others. I have tried rebooting and restarting. I have used a CD-ROM drive CD cleaner disc. Nothing helps. I am NOT technically savvy but if I have to install another "burner", I will. I use my burner quite a lot.
HELP!!

Is my CD-ROM/CD-R drive finally going south? It's been 3 years. If I have to buy a new drive (internal). How much do I have to spend?? Do all CD-ROM/CD-R's fit in all Dells?? The one I have now is GCE-8481B.
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You should look at a DVDRW Drive which will burn to CDR / RW as well

Look for the option to burn to the hard drive, then burn from there to the CDR Disc

Try to lower the burn speed

Look for firmware and software updates for the CD ROM Drive
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Do all DVD-R and CD-R fit in all Dell Desktops? What is involved with installation?
I will want to do it myself to save money. What is a good resource/store to find good quality (but cheap!)
DVD-R drive??

Thanks for your help.
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Which model Dell have you got
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Dell Dimension 8200
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http://support.dell....ace.htm#1102239

http://support.dell....ace.htm#1101572

http://forums.us.del...&l=en&cs=&s=gen

The links are for a number of options, it links to e-bay for the recommended drives, you may also want to check other sources to purchase from
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Most desktop style computers will accept most of the DVD/CD drives. Typically the limiting factor is length and outside "style" cases. Some computers do not have the room for drives which happen to be longer, but this is not typically an issue and is often not all of the spots.

Some cases need special rails to mount the devices. Dell seems to be good about including addtional rails in the machine, at least from what I have seen.

For new drives, I tend to like www.newegg.com, but sometimes other places have better deals, so it is good to check around.

Also, make sure that you are not recording the discs at a speed that is higher than they are rated at (disc, not the drive).
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