I bought 10 Memorex 32X CD-RW's for somewhere around 20 dolloars and my ST00PID computer will stop burning half-way through the process, pop the CD out, and say "Cannot read from CD!" And Im like' Well no S### you ejected it!" and when I look back at the CD, its freaking empty! But when I open WMP, it says there is a 0kb (WTF?) track on the CD called Track 0 that does nothing. It is the same for every CD and trust me when I say I tried every CD-burning program out there! What am I doing wrong? Below are the specs for my burner-
I've found Memorex cd-r/rw disks to have the most compatibility problems of any disks I've bought.
This is even more so, if the burner is made by Benq. A lot of generic OEM drives plus all Acer burners are Benq as far as I know, so that might be part of your problem.
Have you tried erasing the disk first? Do a total erase, not a "quick" erase, and then see what happens.
Are you burning to the cd-rw as a data disk, or are you doing a background format as you burn?
I find doing a background format (in other words, the cd-rw is like a big floppy, and the program burns to the disk as it's being formated), isn't all it's cracked up to be. Try burning to an "erased" disk, using the burn a data disk option of your burner software.
If that doesn't help, try burning at a slower rate, say 10x and see what happens. If you get a complete burn, try faster speeds till you run into the problem again.
Chances are though your burner just doesn't like Memorex high speed CD-RW's, wouldn't be the first time it's happened to someone.
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There are any number of settings that can affect success of burning media. You want to search on media burning tips. Lots out there.
Also, if your system is running other programs, can cause massive burning problems. You may have to disable Anti-virus, and other co-running programs to reliably burn stuff. Especially true if a slower system or older OS.
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If drive is an external drive, they tend to have more 'burning' reliabiility problems than internal IDE drives, even when the drive itself is identical brand/model. The interface introduces problems with timing, data/buffer availability, etc.
I also had terrible problems with being able to reliably burn any brand of media, any media type, and any form of data until I upgraded to a 3000+ AMD CPU runnning at >2GHz. I'd been having problems on both internal and external drives...HP, Iomega, Toshiba, and using both USB1.1 and USB2.0. I didn't try firewire. (I tried each of my CDRW drives on IDE, USB2.0 and USB1.1 interfaces and definitely had more problems if the drive was connected to USB)
Also, if you're using an ASPI dependent environment, make sure you have the latest level. Sometimes installing an older badly-behaved burning program suite will over-write a newer ASPI layer with old code.
This would probably be one the more esoteric suspects...
Found this item regarding a "Starforce" copy prevention environment that supposedly has the ability to slow burners, and ultimately damage the hardware, "Most commonly in multiformat CD/DVD writer drives".
I would think that anything that has the potential to interfere with the speed or packet integrity has the potential to cause other burn process problems as well.
Can't talk to whether it actually does or doesn't, just relaying the link for info. It had to have installed itself on your system at some point in time. Apparently, a common installation vector is game software. They install as IDE drivers that apparently interfere with emulators, debuggers, and more under certain circumstances.
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Extract from a user's problem description "I installed the game (deleted) which steathily installs the Starforce...noticed more cdís as coasters while before installing the game I had 0 bad burns, or burns that just stopped for no reason."