Could you post the so called “ATIP” information of the discs? If you have Nero installed, just start Nero CD-DVD Speed (under “Nero Toolkit” in your Nero startmenu folder), go to
and post the result. If you don’t have Nero installed, get CD-DVD Speed (freeware) from here.
The problem with Imation, Memorex and similar brands is that you never know what media you actually get for your money. You can either get average / good CMC, Ritek or ProDisc blanks, or horrible InfoDisc or similar crap, depending on your luck.
Are you sure ? There are the well-known Sony and TDK CD-Rs that work fine for most users and burners, actually.
That’s right. Very many brands are sold under the Imation or Memorex brands, so it’s nearly impossible to guess what brand you will be getting when you go buying your media.
I have to eject the CD-R to set the speed to any other setting, insert the CD-R and then click copy to get it to copy at any other speed.
If I set it to maximum, these CD-Rs ALWAYS fail during the burning process.
Ok, so Nero tells you max writing speed for that CD-R is 4x and you want to get a higher speed ? At your risk! What are you actually doing is (in my opinion) a trick to make Nero burn media that it rates at 4x-writeable at a higher speed. Assuming that you usually should never burn media at its maximum speed… guess what happens if you burn it at a higher one! (This does not apply to any media; for example, I have had good writing results with Verbatim 48x media burned at 52x).
I think the smartest solution is: buy other media.
Maximum was a choice as well as 24x, 4x and 1x if the CD tray was in/loaded.
Id I set the speed before the tray loaded, I could select any speed up to 24x.
I’ve had success with 12x and 8x.
The disks were labled up to 24x.
Nero claims they are 24x.
I’ve only had success at 12x and 8x when burning music discs.
CD-Extra disc will burn successfully at only 4x.
Umm, are you sure you understood what I wrote before you hit the reply button? Imation CD blanks can be CMC discs, but they can be MBI and other discs as well. It’s not guaranteed that you get CMC discs, that’s why calling this “a well known fact” is simply wrong, and the link you posted pretty pointless.
It looks like you got a bad batch of CMC discs, not really uncommon. Or your drive simply doesn’t like them. But since you haven’t mentioned what burner you try to burn these discs with, I can only speculate that a firmware update (if available) might improve the compatibility and therefore burning speed & quality of these discs, because your burner obviously uses the default strategy for ‘unknown’ discs (limiting the speed to 4x burning without the ‘tray trick’).
The TDK CyClone 241040 CD-RW is a Sanyo OEM drive. If you have the latest firmware for that drive already, there is nothing you can do besides burning the discs at lower speed, and avoiding CMC blanks in future, as your drive obviously doesn’t seem to like them.
I didn’t think Sanyo made good burneres.
When I got my TDK, it was supposed to be one of the best for getting past protections when used with CloneCD.
Of course, protections change from day to day and my burner is quite old by today’s standards.