View Full Version : my burned cd's won't play on my stereo or car cd player

27-09-2001, 10:39 PM
i am told i need to convert to wav files before i burn however i do not know how to do this.
I have a mustek r-rw cd writer, and am using nero5 software for burning...but how do i convert the mpw files to wav? as the cd's (rw ones)i am burning will only play in my cd rom...

27-09-2001, 11:43 PM
Unless your home stereo and car stereo support CDRWs they will not play them properly and will appear to skip. Preddy much all cdrom drives support CDRWs and most DVD players do as well. Have a look in the manuals that came with your stereos and see if they mention anything about CDRW playback.

So just burn the songs onto CDR's instead which cost as little as $1.40 each. These will almost definitely play in your CD players.

Your method of burning cd's is all you need to do.

Good Luck

28-09-2001, 06:17 AM
I am happy to see I am not the only one to have hit this problem. I have found that CDRW's don't play, not in my stereo anyway and while the computer will happily play mp3 to play in the car or stereo I need to convert to CDA. I also have Nero but for music I use MP3toCD, Just point it at the folder, select the songs, make sure there is enough time left ont he CD, record, I don't need Nero open, mp3tocd detects the CD writer and runs it itself.

28-09-2001, 08:09 AM
You could use musicmatch juke box to burn your audio discs, Its available as a free download & will convert mp3 to wav files on the fly.


28-09-2001, 07:14 PM
Just got this yesterday.

Some tips for CD recording, not in any particular order.

1. If MS Office is installed disable FindFast.
2. Switch off any screen-savers.
Recording best done after fresh boot of PC.
4. Close is many, running programs as possible, use CTRL+ALT+DEL to see
what's running, highlight and close unnecessary ones, especially virus
scanners. Only Systray and Explorer are absolutely necessary, don't close
5. Use Scandisk & Defragment on HDD even more often than you would normally.
This is because fragmented files take longer to access and can cause buffer
to run empty, (buffer underrun), leading to ruined discs (coasters).
6. If doing direct 'on the fly' CD to CDR copying, CDROM and CDRW drives
should be installed on separate IDE channels.
7. Avoid 'on the fly' recording, preferable to write to image first. Takes
longer but more reliable.
8. if disc appears to write OK but then can't be read back check the DMA
status of the CDRW, (and CDROM if both installed), using Device Manager. If
ON try switching OFF and vice versa. 1 know this one from personal
experience after making a load of coasters.
9. Use CD lens cleaner disc on a regular basis.
1 0. CD writing software often includes a packet writing application (Nero
includes InCD and Adaptec includes Direct CD). In theory these allow you to
treat a CDR as a giant floppy. I and many others find these troublesome and
don't even install or use them.
1 1. Don't pay extra for discs which say they are especially for audio, the
discs are exactly the same except they have some info already on them and a
royalty from each one goes to Microsoft and/or the PRS. The only time these
will to he used is with a stand alone audio CD recorder.
12. With multi-speed recorders don't automatically use the highest speed,
try different speeds to see what your system is capable of handling. If
finding problems try lowering recording speed.
13. Be careful of installing more than one CD writing application, they call
sometimes conflict with each other.
14. If buying a new CDRW it's worth paying a few pounds extra for one with
Burnproof technology. Not sure of the technical details but in effect it
can 'pause' the recording if CPU very busy or data flow interrupted. This
virtually eliminates buffer underruns which are the main cause of failed

28-09-2001, 08:57 PM
CDRWs use quite a different method of storing on the disk.

Normal CDs (and CDRs) use reflective / non reflective to represent 1 and 0.

In a CDRW, to enable rewriting it uses (IIRC) a change in phase to represent 1 and 0.