Cd-player (recordable) stops at about track 4 on every CD I play
Or if it doesnt stop, it sounds terrible around track 4. Earlier and later tracks play ok.
Burner function has not worked for several years.
Should it just be cleaned?
I would appreciate some suggestions.
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Re: cd-player (recordable) stops at about track 4 on...
Based on your post it would seem that the lens get stuck when moving along the slider at about the same position. You can try opening the unit and performing a manual clean and re-application of any thin lubricant. Additionally you can use a can of compressed air to blow accumulated dust and foreign debris inside the unit. The slider would be the small rod encircled in yellow dotted lines.
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As the disk rotates faster in the centre, (track 1) than the later tracks, the spindle motor may need replacing as it can't achieve the correct speed or there is something stopping the laser from focusing correctly at the beginning of the disk. Fluff or a fine hair maybe.
Lens cleaners do not work.
It sounds like you haven't followed the last step to the burning procedure. All you need to do once you've completed burning your disc is to Finalize the disc. Read below why you need to finalize as well as the steps to follow in order to finalize the disc.
Hope this helps ;)
How to Finalize
Finalizing is writing the TOC (table of contents) on a
disc so a CD player can recognize the number of
tracks, the total time for each track, and their location
on the disc. A recorded disc must be finalized to
playback on a standard CD player. Once finalized a
CD-R disc can be played on CD players that support
CD-R playback. CD-RW discs can only be played on
CD players that support CD-RW playback. Consult
your CD player owner's manual to confirm supported
Finalizing is necessary to:
• be able to play a recorded CD-R or CD-RW disc on
a CD player
• prevent further recording on a disc
• avoid erasing tracks on a CD-RW disc
• record text information onto a disc you record
• A finalized CD-R disc can never be recorded onto
• A finalized CD-RW disc can be unfinalized for more
• The CDR300 can play back unfinalized CD-R or
• SYNC REC+FINAL mode automatically finalizes.
Here are the steps in order to Finalize your disk
1 Push Stop.
The display shows the number of tracks and their total playing time.
2 Push FINALIZE.
FINALIZE is displayed for about 3 seconds.
I can't speak to the hardware issues that might be at play here but I would advise you to retain the 'bad' recordings. I've copied unfinalized CD's from an old DVD player. It will read the CD but you won't be able to manuever around the tracks. As I recall, the track marks will still be there.
I don't know what you mean by 'maximum fidelity'. The CDR records at the CD standard of 44.1kHz. Digital is all ones and nones. Just data. If it is written correctly or with tolerable errors the ADC of the player (ANY player) turns it all into music.
MANUAL RECORDING FROM COMPUTER HEADPHONE SOCKET.. FIRST RIGHT LEAD REQUIRED YOU NEED STEREO 3.5mm stero jack plug to lef right phono male leads...
prepare for manual record place jack in computer headphone socket. check correct socket play track on computer their should be no sound. if sound present in wrong socket... if ok place phono left right into analogue aux inputs on cdr recorder.next make shure you have blank scratch free cd .next press ext(ernal) source repeatedly until the required input is selected i.e digital analogue optical etc..when auto track is on the disk will number automatically.with auto track on it their needs to be 2.7 second gap to rec number change. with the recorder stopped press rec type five times to enter in the manual record standby mode. manual start s to flash and the display shows REC EXT MAN followed by WAIT.after a few seconds press record . play the source track ie on your computer to set record level on cd recorder.. adjust audio card settings or volume control on pc etc .rotate easy jog/enter key until on the record /play level bar all the blue led are alight but not the red( clipping) display shows xx decibel eg 3bd. stop the source material (track on computer get ready to record ii.e to start track again..to start recording set you track going wilst pressing RECORD on the cd recorder, and immediatley the source material playing. the track number and recording time left appear in display . if check input message is displayed check the connections are correct etc .to stop recording press stop on cd recorder . update lights up and arrow goes out. after recording display will show UPDATE FOR SEVERAL SECONDS WRITTING TOC.. IF YOU WANT TO PLAY THIS DISC ON NORMAL CD PLAYERS YOU NEED TO FINALIZE THE TRACK . HOPE THIS HELPS..yammandan.
1. First problem: "like nothing is recorded". IS something recorded or has it been left in Pause Mode so long (instead of Recording) that it just got impatient and time out?
2. Get yourself a couple of CD-RW Digital Audio discs to play with until you're past this learning curve/problem scenario. That way you can always erase them and start over without having to discard the disc.
3. Dropouts on playback. Are they repeatable - always at the same place, even on different CD players? If so, the data is bad on the disc. If not, the data is probably marginal.
4. If you have a DVD player, try to play the failed recordings in it. Some DVD players can play back unfinalized CDR's. You may be able to recover the data by copying it back to the CD Recorder from the DVD player. Just be advised that an unfinalized CD-RW may not have 'silence' following the last recorded track due to old data remaining from a previous session, so be ready to pause or stop the recorder when the last track finishes.
5. "Scratches near the outside of the CD". Were these NOT present prior to entering the CD Recorder? Do they seem to coincide with about where the recording may have failed?
6. 20 vs 19 tracks: Is this a constant problem or only when there is a failure during CD creation? If the latter, it would make sense as the last track in isn't technically completed.
Can you name the make and model? Maybe we can find a manual. I find a lot of them at retrevo.com. Just register for free and download whatever they have.
I think you have the 4 second thing backward.
Most CD Recorders will interpret a 4-second silence while recording as the end of a given track and will stop or pause. Some can can be set to leave a blank of 4 seconds between tracks (or not) when manually starting a new track. That can really be a problem on continuous recordings like live music or some classical material where brief silences occur routinely.
On my Pioneer PDR-509 there is a "Track No. Auto/Manual" selection that allows me to write a track manually whenever I want to. This is good for live or segued musical selections and doesn't require a stop/start of the recording. Of course, any time you pause or stop the track number will be incremented.
I can't really speak to the TOC errors. The fault could be with a) your machine, b) the media or c) the playback machine. The TOC is automatically created when you Finalize the disc. My machine takes 4 minutes to write it.
Little-known fact: a CD that is not finalized will not read/play on a CD player but a DVD player might play it from start to finish just fine, but without the ability to skip around because of the missing TOC. Nice to know if you mess up an original irreplaceable CD recording by not finalizing it and need to copy it over.
Sounds more like it won't record ANY of your CD tracks. Is there any indication why? Are you sure it has audio coming in? Many CD recorders will automatically stop recording if they sense extended silence.