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Old 01-26-2009, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Newport, NC
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I'm in the process of converting vinyl (albums) to CDs. The music is transferred from my albums to the computers hard drive, then burned to CDs. I've found that my new CDs will play on my computer, but the tracks near the end won't play on my CD player. My CD player will play others, just not the ones I've burned. So far, I've only tried Sony brand from WalMart. Do I need to use another brand, or purchase from another store? I used Roxio to burn the CDs, do I need to use another program?
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:26 AM
 
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Have you tried a different CD player to see if you have the same problem?

You might also check here:

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f33/best-cd-r-media-263699/

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817172110

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Old 01-26-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Newport, NC
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One of the guys at work suggested the same thing. My CD player is probably 5-6 years old and he says the laser may not be sensitive to the newer CD's. I guess if thats true, my question is why it plays halfway or more thru the CD, then won't play the final tracks.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:20 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I agree. Try another CD player. Try several. I can remember a 1995 car I had would not play a CD that was burned on a computer, but never failed to play a factory manufactured one. I've seen CD drives in computers that had trouble reading a burned CD too. My guess is that the problem is more likely to be a CD player or the CDRW drive than to be the media itself.

When I buy a spindle of CD media, the primary consideration is COST, not brand.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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I have found that it's not the brand of CD purchased, but instead is either (or both) the format (CD-R or CD-RW) or the player itself. I've also used CDs labeled "For Music" for other purposes, and have used 'basic' CDs for music.

Perhaps you could purchase small quantities of CDs with different speeds (?x) and sizes (?mb) and experiment to see which works best in your CD player.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The end tracks are at the maximum extension of the laser tracking. When CD players fail, sometimes they fail completely, and sometimes they stop being able to read those final tracks, especially in home-recorded CDs. (I am assuming you are finalizing your disks properly.)
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:16 PM
 
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I've noticed that burning at a slower speed sometimes helps this issue. The CDs I burn at 48x do not always play in older CD players. If I knock it down to 16x, they almost always work.
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:51 PM
 
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Don't do alof CD's and have a good burner and never experienced this problem myself with CD's. However DVD's are different story. Usually poor media will have issues like you describe at the end of a burn. Due to the age of your burner however it might be the only reason or combination of both.

This page is mostly to do with DVD media but I'd imagine it applies to CD's too:

digitalFAQ.com | Blank Video Media Quality Guide

Personally I would be saving them to a harddrive using a lossless codec like FLAC or WMA Lossless. Burnable CD's and DVD's are actually burned. There's chemical dye in the disc that the laser burns the data into. This dye will detiorate over time. Store bought commercial discs are pressed into a very thin sheet of metal and are very much like a record and can last a very long time unlike their burned counterparts. They will be unreadable at some point in the future.

Never store anything important on burned media unless you have a backup on a reliable media elsewhere.
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