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Windows 7: Cannot Burn Audio CD

10 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
[SOLVED]Cannot Burn Audio CD

Hello. If this is in the wrong section, please move it where it belongs?

My DVD writer is: HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GSA-H73N C109 (E:) (ATAPI) it is a SATA drive.
  • I can read CDs
  • I can read DVDs
  • I can burn DVDs
  • I CANNOT burn Audio CDS.
  • I have removed the drive in device manager and re-detected it.
  • I removed the upper and lower filter registry key, then removed the drive, then rebooted and it was reinstalled.
  • I checked the cables.
  • I do not have any SecureROM or other protection drivers in device manager.
  • I have Virtual Clone Drive installed, but removed it, rebooted, no change, so I reinstalled it.

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit. Q6600 Quad core, 4GB Ram, 1,5 TB disk space in 2 drives.

I have tried CD BurnerXP, IMGburn, Ashampoo, and Windows Media Player. I also have Winamp Pro installed with the Sonic runtime. No services in service manager dealing with the drive.

The drive is good, or else it wouldn't read or burn anything else?

Please help. I back up all purchased CDs in case the kids decide to play Frisbee. Thanks in advance.

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11 Nov 2010   #2

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Can you burn data disks ? Try to burn a data disk with your audio files ... it will work .
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11 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Is there an actual error you receive when you try to burn the CD, or is the feature simply not detectable by the programs you used?

In any case, you should visit the manufacturer's website and find updated firmware to install, that would surely be a good place to start troubleshooting.
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11 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

@Arc: the resulting CD would not be playable in a home or car player without MP3 capabilities.

@Gornot: Latest firmware version is C109 from 11/2009 and is up to date.

I was able to burn the audio CD on another computer here in the house, so it isn't the media or the files. Since it will burn data CDs, the media is compatible.

The error I get is:
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11 Nov 2010   #5

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there

As I've ripped all my music to FLAC I have to burn Audio CD's by a different route however this still works.

(FLAC preserves the original "uncompressed" quality of the music -- I can copy tracks to Ipods / other mp3 players if I need to by converting tracks as required - but I always keep the original FLAC files -- HDD space is CHEAP -- external pocket sized 1TB self powered USB HDD drives are available for around 100 USD now).

I have Alcohol 52% FE (free edition installed too as I create a "Virtual Audio CD" first -- this only takes SECONDS to create and you can test it to see if the CD is playable.

See if you can get NERO 7 or 6 (later versions have too much bloat).

With Nero install the Mega plugin pack (also free) so you can burn FLAC and other codecs too to an audio CD.

Now this is what I do.

1) start nero with the create AUDIO CD

2) add my FLAC files to the compliation -- ensure size doesn't exceed 77 mins or around 650 MB. My FLAC files are organised in original CD content but you can create your own compliations too - just drag the FLAC files to the compilation.

3) Now burn as an .nrg file -- Nero Image recorder.

4) Mount the .nrg file with Alcohol 52 -- unlike some other "Virtual CD" programs Alcohol 52% recognizes the .nrg file as a standard ISO and once mounted you'll be able to play it as an audio CD.

5) now use NERO to COPY the CD you've created to a real CD (burn image).

Works a treat -- with a Custom CD compilation why not make a Custom CD label too -- great to impress your colleagues or give out as presents.

Many decent CD ripping programs are out there -- as I like a lot of Classical Music I use WINAMP as it tags the ripped tracks with data from Gracenote CDDB which is better for classical music than FREEDB. Winamp also rips to FLAC amongst many other codecs too.

I'm still using Minidiscs so I "burn" my Virtual CD's to Minidiscs -- around 7 CD's per 1GB Minidisc at VERY HIGH QUALITY sound but I've tested the above method on Physical CD's and they play perfectly in my VERY EXPENSIVE Studio quality home sound system.

Have fun - this sort of stuff is a lot more interesting than debugging some Windows problems --unfortunately it doesn't pay the bills however.

Added -- if your files are in another codec rather than FLAC the same method works - this is why you need to install the Mega Plugin Pac for NERO.

Once you've created and mounted the Audio CD with Alcohol 52% you should see the file types on the cd as .cda

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11 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64

I replaced the 'HLDS GSA-H73N HH' with a 'PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-216D', and the issue remains. I removed the old drive through device manager, shut down, installed the new drive, and booted back into Windows. Detection and install was flawless (I love Windows 7).

It must be a software conflict, a driver, or registry related. The burner I replaced works perfectly on my kids' XP dual core.
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11 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Are you doing disc to disc or are you ripping it to the hard drive. I use Roxio and have never had a prob.
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11 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64

I bought Katy Perry's CD for my daughter, and as I always do I ripped it to my hard drive. I then burn her a copy so that the original doesn't get destroyed in her car. So I am burning from MP3s on my drive. I don't think it is the burning software, I have used IMGburn, Ashampoo, CdBurnerXP, CDRTools, Windows Media Player, and Winamp. All do the same thing. I am almost certain it is a WIndows issue but I have no idea how to log or debug it. I cannot find where CDBurnerXP keeps it's log...
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11 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I've been rereading your post and the error seems to be between the file and the burner, it can't read the file. Could it be DRM not allowing it to be read
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11 Nov 2010   #10

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Hi y0himba

There is some quick solution for your for your problem . As you have the disk, have a disk to disk copy . I expect it will work .

Secondly , an audio cd contains musics in .wav format ; so the burner is probably failing to convert mp3 files to wav during burning , and hence it is saying that it is not a proper cd ... rather than it becomes an mp3 cd , which is playable on a player that supports mp3 playback . So you should try such a program that converts file type during burning like Free Mp3 To Audio CD Burner , or first convert it to wav and the burn as audio cd .

I hope either of my suggestions will work :)
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