I’m having a problem burning CDRs with my NEC 1300A (IDE), which is five years old. I also have another computer with an Optiarc 7200, but I would like to figure out why I’m having a problem doing CDRs on the older computer, which I still use.
For the first five years, I had no problems, but now, most of the times when I insert a blank CDR into the NEC, I get nothing at all. The Windows Autoplay box doesn’t appear. If I open Nero 6.0016 and try to burn a CD with that, I’m told to insert a blank disc. Time after time, I’m told to insert a blank disc when one is already in the drive.
If I try to use ITunes to burn the CDR, I get the same thing - I’m told to insert a blank CDR.
If I insert a recorded CDR into the drive, the Autoplay box appears and I can play the disc. If I insert a DVD into the drive, I can read it, and if I want to record to a blank DVD-R or DVD+R with Nero, I can do that with no problem at all.
On the increasingly rarer occasions when I do get to record to a CDR, there are problems. A couple of times, Nero went through the entire burning process at 4X, and then I find that only a small amount of data was actually copied to the disc. On a couple of occasions, the burn was aborted early, with a Nero message saying that it was unable to perform the fixation.
The last two times that I was able to record to a CDR, once with Nero and once with Itunes, the drive copied all the data to the discs, but I got a cluster of C2 errors in the same spot on both discs, at the 50:00 mark. The CD Speed disc quality test shows the same large downward spike on the graph for both discs.
When this problem first started about three months ago, I thought Nero might be the problem, so I removed it and did a clean install, and then everything seemed OK again. Since the problems started again two weeks ago, removing and then re-installing Nero did no good at all. If Nero is the problem, why do I have trouble with ITunes as well ?
For the last few months, I have been using Maxell Music CDRs, which are made by Taiyo Yuden. I have been using mostly TY discs for the last five years, with few problems, except for a short period a few years ago when Fuji TYs weren’t being made right.
Since then, I have been using Sony Walkman TYs and now these Maxell Music TYs, without any problems until recently. I just bought a few Fuji (made in Taiwan) CDRs just to see how my NEC would react with them. When I insert any of these Fujis in my NEC, the NEC reacts as though I haven’t inserted anything in it, just like what I usually get with the Maxell TYs.
With the Optiarc drive that I have on my other computer, I’ve burned about ten of these Maxell TYs without any problems. I haven’t even gotten a single C2 error.
Is there a software problem, a problem with the drive or with the discs? Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be?