Problems With CD Burns

April 5, 2013 at 09:02:27
Specs: Macintosh
I have repeatedly had problems with burning discs. The beginning of the cd burn sounds fine and then towards the end of the cd it sounds progressively worse. This has happened to me on both a work and a home laptop. I have tried using different types of cd's and have tried burning a maximum speed, the slowest speed and an in between speed. This has happened on both iTunes and a different MP3 Player.

The main difference is when I burned from the work laptop (a Mac) it played fine in my home computer, just not on my stereo. When I burned on my home laptop (a PC) it wouldn't play well on either the stereo, or my home computer. Again, the beginning of the discs would sound fine on both (computer and stereo), but about 3/4 of the way through I would start to hear a skipping sound which kept getting worse and worse. This has happened on many different audio recordings and various lengths- anything from 30 minutes to close to 80 minutes.

I'm at my wit's end. Does anyone know how to solve the problem?

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April 5, 2013 at 10:48:58
So, if I understand your issue, you are using 2 different laptops to burn music CDs and the quality with either deteriorates further into the burn?

Laptop drives are prone to overheating because everything is so cramped inside. I suspect that is your problem.

Another possibility is that the laptops are running out of power if you are burning on battery power.

If the laptops have been used to burn lots of disks then you may see improvement by running a disk cleaning kit on them. The lens gets dirty (sooty) and that can restrict the intensity of the laser light passing through. This can result in shallower pits being burned.

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April 5, 2013 at 12:42:28
Thanks so much for your help & advice! I will try cleaning the work laptop. I neglected to mention that on my home laptop I was actually using an external cd burner so I don't think that's the problem with the home burner. The home laptop has had a lot of viruses lately though which may be affected the burns. I just find it strange that when doing the burns on either laptop I'm not getting any error messages. The burns act like they are burning fine and then they play o.k. until the end of the disc. So it may be two separate problems. I may need to do a clean on my work laptop and the home laptop may be a virus issue. What do you think?

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April 6, 2013 at 08:34:33
The issue may still be overheating when playing the disks. Try installing HWMonitor to monitor the temperatures and voltages in real time. Get it from the link below. HWMonitor is for Windows systems. Don't know what to use on the Mac.

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April 6, 2013 at 20:10:20
Just to clarify, you are using CD-R discs, right? CD-RW discs can cause problems.

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April 8, 2013 at 08:43:16
Yes- I am using CD-R's.

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