How to Troubleshoot CD-R Drives | Tech Info | Troubleshooting | CD-R drives |
There are two distinct sections in troubleshooting CD-ROM recorders.
First, determine if the CD drive is properly connected and operating like a standard CD-ROM drive. The procedure for troubleshooting CD-ROM drives is in the section Troubleshooting CD-ROM drives.
Second, are problems relating to the recording part of the drive which are outlined below.
Causes of Problems with recording
1) There are programs running in the background while you are trying to record. This tends to cause buffer overflows and ruins the disks. The solution is simple. Do NOT run any other programs in the background while recording.
- Log off a Network (if you are connected to a network)
- Disable Screen savers
- Disconnect from the Internet
- Close programs like ICQ
- If you are on a network log off the network
- Disable Advanced Power Management (APM ) in Control panel/Power
- In the CD-ROM Properties/Settings, uncheck the Auto Insert Notification, Sync Data Transfer, and DMA
Problems in General
Error "writing lead in" at the end of the Writing Process -
After the data is sent to the recorder when writing in "track-at-once" mode, the recorder is sent the command to finalize the CD. The recorder then reads all the data from the CD-R required for finalization and writes the lead-in. This means no information is delivered from the system. If the finalizing process breaks off after once having started then...
1) either there exists a compatibility problem between the medium and the recorder or
2) the recorder has overheated
3) the drive is defective
4) the drive does not work well with that brand or type of disk, try out different types of CD-Recordable disks (blue, green, gold)
5) If you Pre-Format the disk, you will NOT be able to use it for recording music CDs or other data, since the formatting of the disks prepares it for PacketCD writing and not for standard recordings.
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