CDR Burner

May 10, 2009 at 08:06:01
Specs: Windows XP
For a while now my Toshiba laptop hasn't been able to burn CDds. I use Itunes to burn them and have even tried using other programs that the computer came with to burn the CD and this is what happens:
It makes it about half way through the playlist then says "CD Failed to Finish Writing" and then stops. I've tried playing the CD in other computers and CD players and it will play (as expected) the first half of the songs and then skip over the rest of the tracks. I've taken it to a few people who don't seem to have any answers for me. Is this a hardware problem? I've taken it into Circuit City and they have done a diagnoses on it more than once and haven't found any hardware problems ...even when I informed them of this problem. I would love some feedback if anyone has any suggestions.

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May 11, 2009 at 04:49:34
If the drive is a CDRW only drive then it is probably old. Your computer may have some miles on it too. Overheating or a dirty lense are two possible causes. You can blow out the Laptop with a compressor or canned compressed air and you can buy a lense cleaning kit.

You could also try burning at a slower speed. Look in the settings to see how.

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May 11, 2009 at 08:00:31
Music content on any CD is limited to 640mb so the number of minutes will depend on the bitrate you will use. But once again, all CD players file system is compatible with 128kb bite rate, some are compatible with 160 but not too many, so stay on the safe side and use 128, if the burner has no way to set it up, it will burn at 128 by default. Even if you use a CD that can accomodate 700mb of data, stay within the 640mg limit, otherwise you are using the space needed to write the index and data needed by CD player to work properly. If you use a CD player that reads MP3 format, the bit rate is not limited to 128 or 160.

Hope this will help, enjoy your day

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