Cranky CD burner
March 19, 2008 8:43 PM   Subscribe

CD burner on my Powerbook G4 is erratic.

I get some burns done, but I'm getting more and more drink coasters. The process seems to be failing at the initialisation stage. 10.4.11, iTunes 7.

Any thoughts?

I thank you.
posted by Wolof to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
 
Bad batch of media?
posted by mzurer at 9:08 PM on March 19, 2008


Possible, I suppose. They're Sonys.
[NOT SONYIST]
posted by Wolof at 9:14 PM on March 19, 2008


In my experience, the first suspect is always the media.
posted by -t at 9:28 PM on March 19, 2008


Buy another burner. They're cheap. I don't know anything about Macs, but I'm assuming they just take regular IDE drives?
posted by tra at 10:23 PM on March 19, 2008


Yep, my G4 tower burns one good one in 6, even at the slowest speed. I now use an external that never fails.
Another option is to try one of the CD lens cleaner disks, though I haven't.
posted by artdrectr at 11:54 PM on March 19, 2008


tra: Powerbook G4 burners are a little more expensive. They're a special form factor and can run around US $100, not including installation (depending on how good you are with disassembly). Thirding the suggestion to try other media.
posted by trouserlouse at 6:15 PM on March 20, 2008


Having tried different media I am fairly sure it's the drive. Best answers all round, and thanks.
posted by Wolof at 6:27 PM on March 21, 2008


A CD lens cleaner disc appears to have sorted this problem out.

So, uh, don't be shy, yeah?

I'd adjust best answers, but all advice given is sound. So, no.
posted by Wolof at 3:57 PM on March 23, 2008


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