This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (email@example.com) with numerous contributions by others.
This document attempts to answer Frequently Asked Questions about Compact
Disc Recordable technology and related fields. It was originally developed
as a Usenet newsgroup FAQ, and is updated and posted about once a month.
The main foci are explaining CD-R technology, describing hardware and
software solutions for creating audio CDs and CD-ROMs, and helping people
find solutions to common problems.
The FAQ is heavily biased toward PCs and computer-based recorders, because
that's what I'm most familiar with, but I have made an effort to include
useful information for owners of other equipment. I don't anticipate the
section on stand-alone audio CD recorders expanding greatly, because
they're far simpler to operate than computer-based recorders, and most of
the "must know" information about them is more appropriate in an FAQ on
stereo systems or studio recording. I do try to address deficiencies in
I don't usually address questions that can be phrased, "how do I make
my software do this?" The answers to those should be in the manual that
came with your software. In general, this is a collection of answers to
specific questions, not a "how to" guide. I have tried to make the answers
easy to understand by an inexperienced user, but if you know absolutely
nothing about recording CDs then some sections may be confusing.
This is not a newsletter. Actively maintained web sites are a much better
source of breaking news than this document, which is updated at most once a
month. I also don't try to track moving targets, like CD recorder firmware
versions or software versions unless a specific release is especially
interesting. Ditto for which recorders work with which packet-writing
solutions, or which recorders can overburn.
This FAQ does not, and will not, cover DVD, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW,
DVD+RW, or any of the other formats in the ever-expanding DVD morass.
There are other resources on the web for DVD topics.
You will not find a lot of detail about "backing up" copy-protected
software, or where to find unlock codes or "warez". There are many web
sites that explain these matters at length.