Solved Trouble burning CD-R discs on laptop in Win8.1

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November 10, 2014 at 18:09:15
Specs: Windows 8.1, AMD A8-4500M/4GB
Recently unable to burn a CD-R in Win8.1.Error msg "the write speed for the recordable disc is either too fast or too slow for your CD or DVD burner" & "Windows was unable to complete the format". Had previously burnt such disc & still can read burnt disc.

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November 11, 2014 at 16:39:42
If by the registry tweak you mean UpperFilters and LowerFilters then fine as long as you are happy in there. It's not beyond possibility that this problem was caused by the registry cleaner, although CCleaner is one that least often gets it wrong.

If you want to try a third party burning application on it try CDBurnerXP which is very small free and simple to use:
https://cdburnerxp.se/en/home.

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November 10, 2014 at 23:32:15
I would suspect you either have a batch of faulty disks or the drive itself is faulty. Different disks do often require to be written at different speeds but the drive can normally compensate for this unless either of the the two reasons occur.

How old is the computer & have you previously managed to burn disks successfully with it? Are there any other disks you can try or do you have access to another computer on which to try the disks?

It's really a case of trying to find whether it is the disk or the drive that is at fault.

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November 11, 2014 at 07:05:21
When you previously burned successfully was it a CD-R or a CD-RW?

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November 11, 2014 at 15:48:10
The laptop is 15 months old. I have burnt successfully earlier CD-Rs, from the same blank lot. In the Microsoft Forum, there is a suggestion to tweak the Registry. Is it safe?
I have CCleaner and use it regularly to Clean as well as to solve Registry issue. Unfortunately, I never backed up Registry during these operation. I understand CD-Rs are Write once discs, but then why I see the option, "How you wish to use it ? a) Like a USB flash drive ; b) With a CD/DVD Player" , when I Insert a Blank disc. Will a third Party utility like "Nero" be helpful to solve this problem?

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November 11, 2014 at 16:39:42
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If by the registry tweak you mean UpperFilters and LowerFilters then fine as long as you are happy in there. It's not beyond possibility that this problem was caused by the registry cleaner, although CCleaner is one that least often gets it wrong.

If you want to try a third party burning application on it try CDBurnerXP which is very small free and simple to use:
https://cdburnerxp.se/en/home.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 12, 2014 at 07:11:13
I did not find any Registry error (there were no UpperFilters or LowerFilters to be deleted). I had downloaded CDBurnerXP and tried to Burn, but got the error msg,"Burning error occurred : An error occurred while burning the disc. Most likely the disc is not usable. Usually this happens if the inserted media is not compatible to the drive or of poor quality". I tried three fresh disks with the same result. Does it mean The Optical Drive has broken down and needs replacement?

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November 12, 2014 at 09:37:03
Yes it might be the drive itself, however first have a quick check in Control Panel to see if any errors are showing against the CD/DVD drive. Usually fairly obvious yellow or red exclamation/question marks.

Are you using exactly the same brand and type of disk as you used OK in the past (CD-R presumably)?

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November 12, 2014 at 16:10:19
There is no Yellow exclamation mark against the DVD drive & surprisingly, the Microsoft on-line diagnostic (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060/en-us) failed to detect any hardware defect. Yes, I am using CD-Rs (80min/700MB/1x-40x compatible) of AT&T bought as a lot. I am pretty sure the Drive has broken down & needs to be replaced. Meanwhile, is it safe to use it for reading Burnt CD-Rs without damaging them ?

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#8
November 12, 2014 at 19:50:46
Yes I think you are right about the drive being shot. Hardware tests cannot detect burning issues with media.

Nobody can put their hand on their heart and say the drive is OK for reading because it depends on the actual defect but to me it doesn't sound like CD wrecker.

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#9
November 13, 2014 at 16:59:49
This morning I tried again with Microsoft Fix It & with a fresh CD-R of different make & it worked!!! Thanks Derek & Johnr for your support in a difficult situation.

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#10
November 13, 2014 at 17:30:41
That's good news. I wonder if the CD-R make was the issue, I've run into it myself and was quite surprised first time.

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