Windows XP burner - what format/write method

December 4, 2011 at 12:31:22
Specs: Windows XP
I don't have any other burning software installed. I have dragged and dropped several files into a write-able cd folder. Then I clicked on 'write these files to a cd' in the left pane. The files were written to the cd, the cd was ejected, then a box opened asking me if I was finished. The box opened after the cd was automatically ejected. I clicked FINISHED.

I need to do a firmware update for my DVD player and have never even burned a CD before. It's really important to get it right because the instructions say that the DVD player will need repair if the disc isn't finalized and if it isn't burned in disc-all at once ISO 9660 format. I don't even know what this means! Have been on the phone with my techie sister for hours and she has tried to send me a Nero package but my e-mail won't accept anything that big! This is a nightmare and I don't want to render my £400 piece of kit useless!

PLEASE HELP!


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#1
December 4, 2011 at 13:13:25
Your post is confusing. You say you've never even burned a cd, but yet you need to do a firmware update. What makes you think that? If you need cd burning software, this is a good program and it's free.

http://download.cnet.com/CDBurnerXP...


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#2
December 4, 2011 at 13:16:52
The Windows burning format is not ISO 9660. It is a packet writing method that can only be read on a Windows machine.

ISO 9660 is a standard CD file format that allows any CD burned with that method to be read on any computer with a CD drive, even no-Windows computers.

You will need to burn the disc in ISO 9660 format and Nero will do that for you but Windows wont. You cannot even make a disk burned within Windows boot-able,

Take a look at these, most of them are free. You dont have to use Nero.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?clie...

Stuart


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#3
December 4, 2011 at 13:17:39
Also be aware that burning a CD with Windows built in burning software will often leave the disk open. You do not have options to close it. If your burn is going to be critical do yourself a favor and follow the instructions by Grasshopper above.

Sorry StuartS we both posted a the same time.

The message from both these posts is that the built in burning software has serious limitations. Use one of the links provided for a much better burner.


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#4
December 4, 2011 at 13:18:47
I missed that little bit of false logic grasshopper!

Stuart


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#5
December 4, 2011 at 13:30:51
The burning software built-in to Windows XP does not give you the burning options you require, you need third-party burning software.

However, Nero is commercial software which has to paid for. All "free" versions of Nero have been 'cracked' and are therefore illegal (unless it's supplied, as is often the case, with a new CD/DVD writer when you buy one to fit yourself).

There are a couple of free and legal CD/DVD burning applications which you can download (but it's advisable not to have more than one installed since they could conflict with each other):

CDBurnerXP: http://cdburnerxp.se/

BurnAware: http://www.burnaware.com/

There are a couple of others too, but they don't give you all the burning options you might need.


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#6
December 4, 2011 at 13:36:04
Yes, paragraph #1 says she burned a cd and paragraph #2 says she needs to do a firmware upgrade and has never burned a cd. I'm confused.

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#7
December 4, 2011 at 15:28:29
"However, Nero is commercial software which has to paid for. All "free" versions of Nero have been 'cracked' and are therefore illegal (unless it's supplied, "

http://majorgeeks.com/Nero_9_Free_d...

http://www.nero.com/enu/downloads-n...


larry


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