This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
Problems that arise when burning a CD-R.
Some suggestions that fix most common problems:
- RTFM (Read The Fine Manual). Sometimes it's *supposed* to work that
way. If you didn't receive a manual with the product, it may be in
text or Acrobat form on a CD-ROM.
- Check your software version. You may need a newer version of the
software for correct operation with your hardware (yes, even if you
received the software with the recorder). Most, if not all,
CD recorder software publishers have web sites with updates.
- Update the software. Even if the software is new enough to be
compatible, there's some chance that your bug has already been fixed.
- Under Windows, check your ASPI layer. See section (4-44) for URLs
- If you've tweaked your PC BIOS to the limit and are overclocking
everything, reset it to defaults and see if your problems clear up.
You can always tweak it back. If you're using a motherboard with
a VIA chipset, make sure you are running the absolute latest version
of the VIA drivers.
- Some problems with PC ATAPI drives go away when DMA is turned off for
the drive (via the Win9x device manager; see section (5-15-1)). You
might also need to uninstall incompatible bus-mastering drivers
- Under Windows, rename \Windows\System\Iosubsys\scsi1hlp.vxd to
something that prevents it from being loaded ("scsi1hlp.vx_"). See
if your problems get better. scsi1hlp.vxd is only required for
compatibility with old SCSI devices.
- If you have an older recorder, and it seems to be getting progressively
worse over time, it may need to be cleaned. See section (3-30).