New to this forum- not a total idiot with computers but not super-tech either. I am getting very desperate!! I am running windows xp, I have a practically new A/open dvd/cd burner that worked fine for the first couple months. I have used it with win. media player, realplayer and nero successfully.
All of a sudden a couple weeks ago I noticed that win media was running really slow- took like an hour to burn a cd. Then next time I went to use realplayer it got hung up on the first song during transfer and wouldn’t budge. I tried over and over- either it would hang at 23%-32% of the first song and never stop, or occasionally sooner than that when it just says pending, or I’d get the error message that maybe my disc is dirty or I need to use a lower speed. Since then I have spent 25-30 hours trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with it. ‘Coincidentally’ when I initially tried system restore it would not work no matter what date I chose (for the first time ever) so I had to turn off restore to clear all the old restore points- after that I did successfully restore, but to no avail. I have also disk cleaned, defragged, done a partial reinstall as well as a clean install of realplayer, uninstalled Nero because someone said that might be interfering (I will be reinstalling it). I have used 3 different brands of discs, I have slowed the speed to 16x, 12x, and 8x (my burner is a 48X). I have meanwhile succeeded again in using win media, although I did get a few error messages, but eventually it worked although slowly.
The other very frustrating issue is that when a burn fails in realplayer, oftentimes the CD will NOT eject no matter what I do, unless I restart the computer! Well, of course I can stick a pin in it to force it open but I prefer not to do that too much. And anyway, even if I can get it to eject (or sometimes even if it does not I am able to switch to another program to burn with) I had noticed long before all these other issues cropped up that if a burn fails in realplayer or you cancel the burn then the program will not successfully burn another disc until you have rebooted the system- I can live with this if that’s the way the program is, although it’s a bummer, but certainly not when EVERY burn is failing and I have to reboot every 10 minutes!
My computer says that my cd burner and sound card are working properly. I do not know what else to do but I realy need to fix this as I’m a bellydancer and need my burner to make mixes for shows several days a week- help!!