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racketboyjoe Jun 12, 2003 05:24 PM

Anyway to get CDRs to be read on an OLD CDROM Drive?
I have an old Thinkpad that has a CD Drive that has problems reading CDRs.

In Windows it can usually read them, but it can be a little reluctant and can also be very slow and give read errors.

But if I boot into DOS, I always get Abort, Retry, Fail errors when trying to read a CDR.

Factory pressed media seems to work fine.

Think is, I want to install Win2K on the machine, but all I have with me is my backup copy.

Is there a certain burning process that would help.

Or maybe a certain type of media?

Right now I'm using Fujis. They have a blueish bottom.

merlin_the_magician Jun 13, 2003 01:34 AM

The problem likely is [b]not[/b] the OS you are running or the cd-drive, but the media you use

Cd drives read cd's by firing a laser beam onto the cd. The reflecting layer on the cd will reflect the light to a reciever which translates the collected bits and pieces of reflected light to data.
Thing is, older cd-drives use a powerfull laserbeam onto the cd's and they also need a powerfull reflection for the reciever to pick up the signals.
Many Cdr's are not as reflective as "original" silver (clear transparent dye) cd's. Therefore, in many cases old cd drives act buggy when attempting to read a cdr.

My experience is that gold or silver reflecting cd's, preferrably with a clear transparent dye work quite fine in oder drives. (Philips CDR-X 80 for example)


racketboyjoe Jun 13, 2003 09:46 AM

where's good place to get a low quantity of those for a decent price?

anyone on BST sell any?

merlin_the_magician Jun 25, 2003 06:29 AM

Phew... tough call... you are in US right?
There must be some companies selling these in the States that deliver it in a package at your home. Do a little search on the net for these

Darkman Jun 25, 2003 11:23 PM

How old is 'old'? The CDROM must be multi-read capable , generally drives that are 8x or slower are not multi-read capable meaning they are not designed to read CDR/RW discs. Improving the quality of the disc may help but even that is no guarantee. If the CDROM is faster than 8x (thus multi-read) it may be getting dirty, making it harder for the drive to read the less reflective CDR discs. Cleaning the drive may help.

compuatic Jul 01, 2003 03:06 PM

have you tried burning slow! that seems to work with picky cdroms. just a thought

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