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05-23-2010 03:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pc buring cds

My switch from a Mac to a PC hasn’t been going too well. Currently, I’m having trouble with the CD Drive on the PC. It will open audio and data CDs but doesn’t recognize a blank CD that I need to burn files on. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 05-23-2010 03:31 PM

It happened to me once to find out that I had a package of CDs that gave me a message insert a “blank cd”
I had a bad batch could not return them did not keep my cash slip.
Yours maybe a total different problem.

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#2 posted 05-23-2010 03:33 PM

Sorry for the stupid question, but the drive can burn CDs, right?

Next up – have you tried more than one blank CD?

If you try burning and it fails, don’t try that disk again. We refer to them as “coasters” after a burn session fails.

Do you have another computer available you can put the blank disk in, to confirm it is both empty and writeable?

Does your drive say something like CD-R- or CD-R+ or CD-R-/R+ or CD-RW or any other funny combination thereof?

Is it a CD-R or a CD-RW you are using?

Also – Windows 7?

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 03:42 PM

Good answer “tyskkvinna”, I never use CD-RW.

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 03:46 PM

Here is another stupid question to go with the one from Lis: Did you actually try to write files to it? Depending on how it is set up, a PC might not “do” anything when you put a blank CD in the drive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t write to it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 03:54 PM

CD drive? I thought it was a coffee cup holder!!


-- where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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#6 posted 05-23-2010 04:01 PM

“We refer to them as “coasters” after a burn session fails.”

Thanks for the laugh. Enjoy your posts, BTW.

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 04:18 PM

does you have a program that can burn ?

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#8 posted 05-23-2010 04:19 PM


Coffee cup holder!!! I love it! I might take an old one and cut out the middle a little bigger so it can hold a can (adult beverage of course)

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#9 posted 05-23-2010 04:37 PM

Many good answers. You need software that can write to your drive. Many of the software products load a program at startup of your computer that kkeps a check on the drive and if you put in a blank one it asks you what do you want to do.

I use Nero and Roxio. When I upgrade I usually flip-flop between brands. They are both very good.

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#10 posted 05-23-2010 04:58 PM


Here is another package I’ve had success with and it’s free. Generally if you stick with CD-R and DVD-R, etc. you’ll avoid alot of issues.

A good source for media is

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#11 posted 05-24-2010 12:34 AM

i’m with PrairieFire! what were you thinking??!!
so wish i had the money to get myself an iMac and off this windows box…

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#12 posted 05-24-2010 01:00 AM

You sure you have a CD? OR a DVD blank?
Make sure you put the blank in right side up.

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#13 posted 05-24-2010 01:13 AM

Thanks everyone for the help and I’m sorry I haven’t been back to reply since this morning. First, as far as switching to a PC from a Mac, well, that’s a long story but to make it short, I was working on a G4 that there was no way to upgrade to current software. The OS was 10.3.9 and all the new software requires at least 10.4. So…..... I got a great deal on a PC along with Adobe CS4 for free. Easy math there…..

The problem:
I’ve burned many CD’s on this PC. The problem I’m having just suddenly happened. It will copy the temporary files into the CD folder but when you tell the PC to copy the files to the CD, it says that the CD is no longer usable. After that, with any CD, it keeps telling me to insert a CD in the CD drive (even though there is a new CD in the drive).

I’ve tried CDs from three different places and keep getting the same prompts. It will read data and audio CDs but does not recognize a blank CD for some reason.

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#14 posted 05-24-2010 01:19 AM

Have you rebooted the computer? Sometimes that’s enough to make it “just work”

Run disk cleaner If you see the instructions here, it suggests where to go to “clear list” – that might work/help also check this out – it has a link to some drivers that may be useful. Sometimes updating drivers for the hardware makes things work again.

You did not mention – Windows 7?

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#15 posted 05-24-2010 01:34 AM

Sorry Lis, using XP.

I’ve tried Media Player and get the same prompts. Says to insert a readable CD. I’ll probably just call the CD doctor in the morning….... yes, I DO wish I could have bought a new Mac!

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