I'm new to this forum but not new to burning. I'm here because I've recently encountered problems with my TDK 48x VeloCD. I replaced an older TDK 16x VeloCD with this. In any case, I will be doing ALOT of audio CD creations soon and need a reliable drive to do this.
I have upgraded the firmware to S7S8 and am using Nero Express 126.96.36.199. I have a whole bunch of old TDK 8x media and Sony 12x media that I was planning to use for my project. My results are as follows:
TDK 8x - Cannot make a decent audio CD. I get periodic static or noise. It's as if I burned at a higher rate then certified or something but I didn't. I have tried 8x and 4x. For some reason, Nero will not let me burn below 4x on this drive. Go figure?
Sony 12x - I'm having better luck with this but it doesn't seem to play well in my car CD whereas my 16x had not problems. Car CD will search "forever" for the first track
TDK 16x data for reference (same Nero version)...
TDK 8x - Able to create decent audio CD but at 8x only. 1x, 4x, and 2x causes the CD to excessively search for tracks.
Sony 12x - Same results as above.
The weird thing is I "used" to be able to burn TDK 8x audio CDs with no problems on my 16x. Now after a Nero upgrade is more difficult.
- I have tried going back to older version of Nero - similar results
- I have tried EZ CD 5.3.4 Platinum with Sony 12x - same results
My final question is whether there are issues with using older, slower rated media in newer faster drives? This is my only theory. The older media "seem" to work better with my 16x drive but I don't get the good results I used to get.
At this point, I have no idea WTF happend. In a moment of despartion to complete my project, I went ahead and purchased a Plextor 48x drive. Unfortunately, I've read some posts that there are problems with this drive too. Is there an answer to all this madness!!!
Any help, insight, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I apologize for the long post but wanted to provide as much info as possible.
Thanks in advance.