Solved how to make CDRW unit writes CD?

January 4, 2013 at 13:23:27
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4/256Mb
MY CDRW was working well, I used Nero Start Smart to backup info on CD's - But suddenly it is not writing CDs only reads the info and tries to burn and after compilation, says burning failed, or sometimes says burning was OK but CD's cremain blank - I have tried also using other burner software but all only compile and NOT burn the CD's or CDRW, CDs are not the problerm because they are new, and I have checked in Panel control if configuration and codecs are OK and PC says unit works well. what may be the trouble and how to fix it?

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#1
January 4, 2013 at 13:42:11
Since the lasers used to read and write CD's are separate, it sounds like the "write" head has failed. You can try another brand of discs (some drives can be quite finicky about brands), but given how cheap burners are now, it'd be a good investment to just replace the drive---maybe even move up to a DVD-burner since that media is even cheaper per megabyte than CD-R media.

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#2
January 4, 2013 at 14:31:43
There are head cleaning kits around which use special CD with pads and fluid - best to get one that caters for both CD & DVD. That might help but I agree it is worth trying a different media brand, and that replacing the DVD/CD drive could be the best option.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
January 5, 2013 at 08:00:53
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The laser that reads and writes CD media is the same laser. Combination drives have two or more lasers because the wave length used for CD, DVD, blueray are all different.

The laser intensity varies with the task. Burning requires a stronger laser beam.

There are a couple of likely causes for your problem. One is the lens over the laser is dirty (sooty). This may be corrected by using a lens cleaner or by disassemble and using a Q-tip and alcohol.

Another possibility is the laser is wearing out and is no longer powerful enough to perform a clean burn.

If you have a desktop computer I suggest you consider replacing the drive. I consider optical drives to be disposable hardware. You can buy one for about $20.

You do need to know if you have what type of drive interface (IDE/SATA) you can use. SATA is easier to find so is you have the capability to use that type then that is what I would suggest.

Occasionally, a different brand of disks can cause issues and if you are reusing a CDRW disk it can be at end of life.

BTW, you need to add RAM to your system. 256MB with WinXP is not enough.


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#4
January 14, 2013 at 16:44:09
Thank you very much to Othehill, Derek and T.R.A. I really appreciate your help. I will clean the lens, if no solution, then a new drive, - your info was useful for me.

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