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Other => FAQ solutions database => Hardware => Topic started by: dl65 on February 17, 2006, 01:05:28 AM

Title: Car cd player wont play my burned cds
Post by: dl65 on February 17, 2006, 01:05:28 AM
I can burn audio CDs and listen to them on my PC, but my portable CD player and car stereo can't recognize them.

Commercial CDs are literally stamped from extruded masters, creating pits and lands that CD players have been designed to read. Burned CD, however, create darkened areas that mimic the pits and lands of commercial CDs. As you've noticed, not all players-especially older ones-can deal with these kinds of discs. But all is not lost. Your best bet is to burn at a slower speed, 4x or below. This creates slightly more prominent differences between the burned and non-burned areas. If you have a Plextor burner, though, you have an even better option. The bundled Plex Tools includes VariRec, which allows you to subtly alter the burning strength of your optical drives laser. By experimenting with various discs and burning strengths, you will almost certainly find the right combination for your CD player. VariRec is supported by both Nero and Easy CD Creator.
Title: Re: QA0012 Car cd player wont play my burned cds
Post by: smileymattj on February 18, 2006, 01:07:42 AM
also check your format, are you copying mp3 wma files straight to the cd or is it beening converted.  the format for cd is .wav, but actually shows up as .cda extention. lots of new cd players include mp3 wma playback, but older ones and cheaper ones do not.  some cd players will not read cd-rw, but will read cd-r.