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Weird CD writing problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by miltus_31, Jul 16, 2006.

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  1. miltus_31

    miltus_31 Thread Starter

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    My computer behaving strangely when trying to write cds in my ASUS DRW-1608P.
    I use nero experss 6.3.1.18. Whenever I write cds in 10x or more speed the buffer level(not read buffer) keeps falling suddenly.And if i write at more than 10x buffer level acts the same and after a few minutes writing about 50 %(approx) shows write error and stops :confused: .When the buffer level falls the HDD LED also stops blinking for a few seconds.This thing has wasted my many blank CDs.:(
    So now I am forced to write CDs at 10x which takes a lot of time.

    Please help

    SYS CONFIG :
    AMD Athlon XP 1800+ CPU
    ASUS A7N266-VM Motherboard
    128 X 2 DDR266 RAM (32M shared for graphics)
    ASUS CD-S500/A CD ROM
    ASUS DRW-1608P DVD Writer
    Windows XP with SP1
    Seagate ST3120022A Hard Disk 120GB
    Nero Experss 6.3.1.18 (Start Smart) Bundled with DVD writer
     
  2. qldit

    qldit

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    Good Afternoon miltus_31, as you are aware the burn laser deteriorates with useage.
    Your description is kind of inline with "old age".
    Rather than get too involved with troubleshooting and changing things, if the machine has burned more than a couple of spindles of blanks successfully over a period it may be more productive to try a new burner.
    There is nothing worse than having an important burn that wont!

    qldit.
     
  3. miltus_31

    miltus_31 Thread Starter

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    Though it had but a few cds successfully in the past but it is only 6 months old. How could that happen??
     
  4. qldit

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    G'day miltus_31, That is only an opinion, (and I am most often wrong) but the symptoms are there and the reliability is lost so it becomes a case of which-way to go.

    As a test, you might try obtaining a small burning program from here called BurnCDCC, scroll down to find it...
    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/utilities.html
    This is an ISO burning program, it operates differently to other burning programs, obtain an ISO file and use the program to try burning that file.
    You can get an ISO file here to try.
    ftp://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/puppylinux/
    An interesting file to burn is the puppy-2.01r2-seamonkey.iso

    If you have any problem burning an ISO file, try another burner.

    There is method in the madness of burning this file, this program will create a bootable CD which can be booted on to try another burning program in it using a different system. Interesting experiment.
    Cheers, qldit.
     
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