Ok, I've been having this issue as of late (as in the past few months). I've got a Plextor 16X Re-writeable drive, and an AMD Athlon XP 1600+ with 512 Ram, 30 Gig 7200RPM HD, etc etc. Good, stable system.
Up until the past few months, I've alwas been able to burn audio CDs with Nero, no problems, and play them in my car. All my old CDs that were 650 Megabytes still work.
Now, with these new 700MB 48x CDs, sometimes the CDs will play, sometimes they won't. I've tried Sony, Maxell and Memorex, all to no avail, burning at 1x, 4x, 8x, and 12x. I even tried some 650 meg Sony's.... Most of the time the CD player will sit there seeking for like 5 minutes, then finally play the song, starting like 10 seconds in... it also takes forever to seek between tracks.
Trying to problem solve, I burnt CDs on my friend's burner, but the same thing still happens (seeking times take forever). Whats funny is that the older CDs that I burnt like two or three years ago at 16x STILL work no problem (even on shitty media like BASF), its just the newer CDRs that wont. Some of these new CDs also fucked up in a friend's car as well...
I'm guessing that the problem is between the "newer" type of dics and some sort of "new" coating they are using that older CD players can't recognise, compared to the "older" CDs back in the day of 8x-16x burners.
Can anyone shed some light on this? I read a similar post on this board about audio CDs not playing in their stereo and the person said they installed the VIA drivers (4-in-1s I'm assuming) and it fixed the problem... but how? Nero hasn't reporteed any errors after its done so I can only assume its the discs themselves, or my car stereo.... cuz the same discs play fine in my home theatre system.