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Hi,

I've suddenly experienced a problem with my window's CD writer. The process starts normally and then when the writing begins i get an error message saying that the writing could not be completed when writing a data CD. The problem also occurs when writing a music CD. This is the first time this has happened and the writer was working fine yesterday.

I have a toshiba laptop with a pentium 4 processer. I'm not sure what the CD drive is but there is only one of them.

I've tried to change the type of CD i use. I have a 52 speed cd writer and am using 52 speed CD's. I've also tried 48 speed. The CDs i have been using are completely clean. I would appreciate any suggestions. My Laptop is going into the shop for repairs as it constantly overheats and turns itself off, but i need to get off confidential information and music before it goes in, in case the computer is replaced under warranty.

I would appreciate any help
Yours,
Simon :eek:

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I've had this problem creep up on me several times. Look at the box/case the cd's came in, and see what the max write speed is. Make sure you are at that, or below. Also, try a really slow speed such as 16 or 4, and see if that works. Most of the time this is the result of a picky cd writer. My writer seemed to do pretty good with tdk brand cds...I think that was the name.

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Alternatively, if you are unable to write CDs on tha laptop at all, hook it up to someone else's system via a network cable, copy the files across to that system and put them on CD from there.

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Say, do you by any chance have problems reading burned data from disk? Especially if the files on the disk are ziped files?

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ok - i will try to write at a slower speed, although i'm not sure of how to do it. I'll check it out when i'm back from work. The CD drive has no problems reading burned CD's.

Regards - Simon

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I've had this problem creep up on me several times. Look at the box/case the cd's came in, and see what the max write speed is. Make sure you are at that, or below. Also, try a really slow speed such as 16 or 4, and see if that works. Most of the time this is the result of a picky cd writer. My writer seemed to do pretty good with tdk brand cds...I think that was the name.

i too had this problem and i agree that sometimes the writer can be picky. for example my writer will not write to Packard bell or Imagine discs. I found that Emtec and master are more than good enough. BTW mine's a 48x speed.

Also, this might pose as a possibility for you guys too. When my drive begun to act up (complete refusal to write), it pointed down to a driver problem with the Roxio software it uses to write the files. I just went away and updated that thru the Roxio site. No problems sice then. When the error message comes up, it should tell you why the writing couldn't be completed;)

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