I’m not exactly a newbie, since I’ve been burning discs now for a long time, and I’ve figured out lots of problems on my own, but this is the first time I’m posting to this forum, and there seem to be some questions here of similar complexity. So, hopefully someone out there can help me out, since I’m very frustrated. Here goes:
Lately, when I burn audio CDs it has been taking a long time to finalize the discs, and a long time to burn in general. When I pop them in my stereo at home, they are usually OK until the last few tracks. When it gets towards the end one or more of the following happen:
a) it takes about ten seconds to “find” the beginning of the track
b) there is a click-click-click type sound as it’s playing
c) when (if) it reaches the end of the disc, the player hangs up, and will not move on to the next disc (it’s a six disc changer).
However, at least some of these discs seem to work OK in my cheap, six year old portable CD player even with shock-protection on.
I usually use Roxio Easy CD Creator 22.214.171.124, and I’m burning on a Samsung CDRW/DVD SM-352F. However, I’ve tried other programs, including iTunes, and now EAC. EAC has burned some discs that it says are “successful”, but when I try to play them at home, they exhibit the problems mentioned above.
I usually use pretty cheap discs - right now I’m using Ridata 52x. But the same has happened when I’ve tried Mitsui and other brands.
This is my third burner. The problem has occurred with the first two as well, and DELL has graciously replaced them for free since I’m still under warranty, and I guess it’s cheaper for them to simply replace it rather than figure out what is actually wrong.
So I don’t know if it’s hardware, software, or media, or some combination of the three. Is it tracking maybe?
If anyone has some ideas, I will be very grateful.