CDRW Problem (Windows XP)
Posted on 2004-08-09
Acer CDRW 16X10X40
Usage History (Compatibility):
Succesfully used CDRW: Mitsubishi, Maxell
Failed CDRW: Emtec High Speed
Successfully used CDR: TDK Multispeed x48
Failed CDR: Imation
Others: PC Game CD installations failed 50% of the time thus I have to ditch them.
I sure miss out on some of the hottest games including Grand Theft Auto because of
installation failures which I suspect is related to the CDRW Drive.
After successfully using the TDK Multispeed x48 CDR (Silver?). I actually took the risk by buying a large box of TDK Multispeed CDRs (Gold - does not state speed). To my regret the investment failed. I just don't understand how the Gold CDR can fail when the Silver didn't?
Is it because of insufficient memory or incompatible speed? I have very low Hard Drive Memory as I have to save my MP3s etc in my Hard Drive due to CDRW failures.
When I try to copy files into my CDR I thought it worked fine until the completion stage where the error messge pops up.
It asks whether I want to eject the current CDR and use a different CDR/Delete the Temp files to be write/Save it to try again later. It also said the CDR maybe unusable after this.
I deleted the temp files. Well, the CDRW drive actually cannot detect the CDR when I try to use it again to write the same files for the second attempt. Why the drive cannot detect the CDR when it's actually inside remains a mystery to me. Tried the 'non-expert' way of ejecting and reloading the CDR in the Drive and not to mention booting and rebooting the PC but the problem remains.
The same thing occurs for the 2nd piece of Gold TDK CDR. I dare not try to use a third blank CDR because it might make it unusable too.
Hope this detailed log can supply you with the info to diagnose the problem.