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I am running Vista Ultimate x64 and I can't burn audio CDs. This is driving me nuts. I CAN burn data CDs no problem. Napster just tells me an error has occurred when burning. Windows Media Player goes through all the motions, burns the entire CD, and then only the first 20 seconds or so of the first track will play and it errors out, telling me the CD is corrupt. I have tried 5 different brands of CDRs, attempted all burning speeds, and even replaced the drive with a different brand and model. Same thing, data burns fine, audio CDs will not burn correctly no matter what software I use to burn them. The drive that's in there now is a Liteon LH-20A1L SATA DVD-RW drive. I don't get it!
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Have you installed all the windows updates? Also have you tried another burning software like Nero? You can try Nero for free so give that a try if you haven't.
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by:nobus
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can you burn an audio cd from files on your PC?  or copy an audio cd?
then it seems a problem with napster
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Nero at least gave me SOMETHING to go on. It bombed with "scsi command aborted" .

Anyway, I seem to have solved my own problem. My mobo is an XFX 790i Ultra, which is really an XFX branded nVidia board. Apparently, there have been reports of problems with SATA optical drives and the nVidia chipset. I downloaded the latest set of SATA drivers, and also went into the BIOS and set the SATA port the drive is on to be eSATA. The drive now works, no problem.

Its still perplexing though, because I've been using the same set of drivers for the 6 months I've had this board, and I never made such a BIOS change before and the drive always worked. I don't know what would have caused it to stop working. And I found it very bizarre that it would only bomb writing an audio disc, data discs and disc copies worked fine. It has to be that something else changed, maybe one of the Vista updates, that caused the drive to not work with those drivers. I don't burn audio CDs every day, so this could have stopped working a couple months ago for all I know.

In any case, I made 24 coasters getting it fixed :)

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could be an update - SP1?
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