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CdWriter has just stopped Writing ?

It worked OK the other day but now it won't wrie any music to any CD's at all ? It doesn't do the loud wirring sound it used to do when it was copying succesfully ?

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  • Caroline T
    Caroline T Feb 11, 2008

    Hi Exon33,

    Thanks for helping.

    I don't know who the software supplier is, is there anyway I can find this via the PC ? There isn't any info on the burner itself I don't think.

    Also many friends of mine have suggested I get a CD cleaner disk, as they seem to think it probably just needs a good clean !!! I'll try that today and see what happens.

    Caz x

  • Caroline T
    Caroline T Feb 11, 2008

    Ok Exon33 I'll give that a go...Thanks so much for your advice, I'll let you know how it goes, and yes your spot on !!! I used a cleaning disc today and it made no difference whatsoever !!

    Many Thanks

    Caz x

  • Caroline T
    Caroline T Feb 11, 2008

    Dear Exon33

    I cannot recognise the supplier for the Cd Writer ?? I bought the CD writer seperately from PC and installed it myself about 3 years ago and it has worked fine up until now. Can you advise me of the software supplier from the info I have supplied below ?

    Is this any use ? The pc only came originally with a built in DVD player and the Floppy disc Drive.


    Caz x


    41.10 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    27.68 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    CD-ROM Drive
    CD-ROM Drive
    3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

    Maxtor 2F040J0 [Hard drive] (41.11 GB) -- drive 0, s/n F12WAGNE, rev VAM51JJ0, SMART Status: Healthy

  • Caroline T
    Caroline T Feb 11, 2008

    Hi Exon33

    I have discovered (i think) that the Burner is a Maxtor 2F040J0 [Hard drive] (41.11 GB), and I have just downloaded updated driver for it from It is a CD burner only, and with regards to back up, its been a while I think since I done one, but it does automatic checkpoints.

    I will let you know what happens....bear with me...:-)

    I really appreciate all your help and advice, its really really good of you.

    Caz x

  • Caroline T
    Caroline T Feb 12, 2008


    Yeah computer stuff isnt my strong point but its not the weakest either (or so I thought, well in comparison to some anyway!!)....But I did try a system restore and no luck. I think I've seen somet like cyberlink in the software bit of belarc so I'll try that.

    Massive thanks with trying to own friends cant be arsed helpin me...good arnt they !!!!

    Caz x

  • Caroline T
    Caroline T Feb 13, 2008

    Hi exon33 (again - sorry)

    Yes it still doesn't work and I'm gutted, but I appreciate your help. When I try to just play a cd in the cd writer device, it seems to be reading the disc, and I can hear the whirring noise, bu tit sounds like the whirring is struggling to carry on, and its whirrs on and off and this makes the playback very jumpy.

    Am I looking at the possibility that my writer has had its day....I hoped not, cos I cant really afford a new one.

    Let me know what you have great advice :-)

    Caz x

  • Caroline T
    Caroline T Feb 14, 2008

    Hi Exon33,

    Well I'm having a right nightmare, I took the bullet an bought a new CD/DVD Writer, A samsung SH-S202J Black DVDRW (but defo does CD's apparently as well!!!)

    Installed, appeared to burn, even finds the disc, but doesn't playback loud in WMP. I don't know what the heck is going on, but I think there must be a really simple solution to all this. It must work now surely, its NEW !!!!

    The DVDRW came with a cd, that has Nero on it.

    Is there anyreason that you can think off, why this isn't working like clock work now ??? And pleeeease dont say its cos I'm a thicko !!! lol (I really do need to get this working, its essential!!)

    All the best,

    Caz x

  • Caroline T
    Caroline T Feb 16, 2008

    Hi Exon33,

    Thanks again for ypur detailed responses. I did install Nero from the disk although the first time I did it, I had a few error messages during installation and it didn't install properly, but the 2nd time I tried, although there were still a couple of error messages, it did install this time, and I have succesfully now burnt 2 music cd's already using Nero. What dumbfounded me, is that I used to just use WMP to rip/burn music and had no problems before....I never actually used any other software ( I think anyway ). So I couldn't understand and still don't know why this doesn't work anymore.....

    Never mind, at least its working with Nero !!!!!!!! I have never tried copying DVD's or dowloading films, but may try this soon...just for fun !!!

    Any way....Thankyou so much for all your help, you have been a true STAR !!!! And if you have any tips/tricks or suggestions that can help me in any way...I'm listening :-)

    Many Thanks & Best Wishes

    Caz x

  • jaydeep_53 Mar 11, 2009

    Cd writer does not write on cds.
    Initially, burn process used to start and it'll stop in between due to some "power caliberation" error and the cd will no longer be usable.

    Now, on burning, the software shows the completion of burn process,but the cd still remains blank and thankfully usable.

  • jaydeep_53 Mar 11, 2009

    Cd writer does not write on cds.

    Initially, burn process used to start and it'll stop in between due to some "power caliberation" error and the cd will no longer be usable.

    Now, on burning, the software shows the completion of burn process,but the cd still remains blank and thankfully usable.


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Go to your CD/DVD burnign software supplier and reinstall/upgrade it. Sounds like the files have been corrupted.

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  • Richard Roberts Feb 11, 2008

    You can find out everything on your PC, including registration numbers, with a great free program called Belarc Advisor. It will inform you which CD-DVD program came with your PC, or perhaps you purchased in separately. If it came with the PC, you should just go to the maker's website for an upgrade. If you bought it separately, go to the Software supplier, and get an upgrade or re-download it. The fact that you don't hear a whirring sound means that your PC doesn't recognize that you have a CD-DVD player, (which happens when the burning software stops working), so. cleaning it will be of no help, since it isn't trying to burn anything.

  • Richard Roberts Feb 11, 2008

    Did you find Belarc ok online to download it? I presume you did--it usually tells you what type of CD/DVD drive you installed, but as i said, it really doesn't matter, because the thing doesn't need driver or software upgrades--it is just a piece of hardware used by your burner software. Now, that is what you need to fix. Under Software programs, look for programs like Roxio or other CD/DVD burner. If it's 3 years old, it isn't going to be fancy. With regard
    to the type of CD burning capability of whatever you put in, do you remember whether it could burn DVDs too, or just CDs? And, by the way, did you back up your system ever? the whole think might be fixable by trying a system restore back when you can remember the thing working.

  • Richard Roberts Feb 12, 2008

    Well, you are a little like my wife in computer skills--(she is excellent at other things); Using Belarc Advisor, it lists all manner of drives, including your hard drive (which stores all of your programs and data on your computer--gte Maxtor is your hard drive, and it is essentially a 40 GB (gigabite) hard drive (HD), (maximum capacity) and you obviously don't have a huge collection of photos or music, as they require huge drives (say 500 GB). 1000 megabites (MB) = 1 gigabite. One high-def photo may be 1.5 MB. The other drives listed are your 3 1/2" floppy drive, and your DVD read only (it doesn't burn data to a DVD, it just reads it) and your CD drives, which you use to read data, music, or pictures stored on CDs, and which you used to be able to use to burn CDs to keep.
    On my 3-month old computer, Belarc says I have the following:


    149.56 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    61.29 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ-850S ATA Device [CD-ROM drive]

    WDC WD1600BEVS-22RST0 [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WXE407514017, rev 04.01G04, SMART Status: Healthy
    In other words, I have a 160 GB HD, and a combo CD/DVD reading and burning drive (it's a laptop). The info you have so far is that you have two CD drives, but no info about them. Did you get the Belarc installed? If so, they are truly generic. But it doesn't matter--since the burning CD drive doesn't require any updates--it requires a working CD burning program, which you will find in Belarc under "Software Versions", which lists all the programs you installed on your computer, including the burning program which came with your CD burner. I have a few on mine:
    CyberLink - PowerProducer Version 3.07.3523 *
    CyberLink Corp. CLDMA Version 1.00.5103 *
    NewTech InfoSystems, Inc. - NTI Backup NOW! for Windows Version 4, 7, 5, 11 *
    NewTech Infosystems, Inc. - NTI CD&DVD Maker 7 Version 7, 7, 0, 11 *

    Unless you have burning software alive and well, your CD burning drive is useless. Do dry the system restore, if you have a date where you know it was functioning. Otherwise, look for the name of the manufacturer of the drive you installed, and go to their website--they should have support for it, including the program it came with. Good luck.

  • Richard Roberts Feb 13, 2008

    Cyberlink may or may not be your burning software--they definitely make burning software, so click on the asterisk in Belarc, and the name of the program appears. Cyberlink Power Producer is a movie-making program. Power to Go is a DVD-CD burning program. Go to either Roxio, Cyberlink, or NTI, and try a free download of a simple CD burning program. If it works, then you know that your CD drive works, and you need to upgrade whatever program you had previously. Or find one on freeware. Good luck.

  • Richard Roberts Feb 15, 2008

    Most likely, you have the volume turned down on winamp. There are loads of free cd players, and all have volume controls. You are much better off being able to burn DVDs as well as CDs, and your Roxio program will handle both, although learning to use it can drive you to distraction. Try playing your CDs with Windows media player, or another free program. Look at your new CD/DVD hardware--it may have built in volume controls!
    I should have told you to go to Control Panel, open device manager, and and check for any yellow checks for your CD/DVD ROM drives,your sound, video and game controllers. If there are none, your system is go. Then go to your audio manager on control panel, and set it up for whatever speaker configuration you have. If you can't find your volume control, call Roxio or your new CD/DVD manufacturer, if Microsoft help can't get you the info on how to control your volume, Good luck.

  • Richard Roberts Feb 15, 2008

    Please tell me that you have installed Nero!


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