I’ve been registered a while but this is, I think, my first post. I’ve got a Lite-On LTR 32123S CD rewriter connected to an IBM Thinkpad T41, running Windows XP (SP2). I have a copy of Nero 5.5 which was bundled with the drive and this setup produces audio CD’s which work well on all of our domestic CD players.
After storing it for years, I installed an Alpine CDM7838R in my fiancee’s car and it is very fussy about what discs it plays. Original CD’s play no problem, including using random, repeat and scan functions. When I play CDR’s the player seeks for several minutes before starting to play the first track. If it’s allowed to just play, it will track the entire CD faultlessly. If I use random, repeat or scan - or if RDS cuts in with traffic news - forget it, the player just starts to seek again for a long time. Some discs refuse to play at all, despite the fact that my domestic players play them effortlessly.
I don’t remember the player being so bad in the last car I used it in. I use a variety of brands of blank but try always to burn DAO at x4 and Nero is configured to use a large buffer.
I recently read about different dyes and I’m now wondering if I should be using CDR blanks with Azo dye, or some other dye that better suits the laser pickup in my Alpine head unit. Am I on the right track or should I be looking at something else in my Nero config?
Many thanks for any advice.