|While cd-rw problems aren't necessarily web specific....|
if it doesn't work, backups are THE PITS!
I burnt a cd of part of the data and important stuff (changed since last month) off my hdd today. Worked just fine. Then I went back to do the rest that wouldn't fit on the first cd, and it JUST DOES NOT WANT TO WORK.
Wonkiest thing I've ever had happen I think. Open the app, select the drive, finds the rewritable cd with full space available. Choose the next files to burn, select "disk at once" just like I always do. 20 minutes later, get dialog box telling me cd was recorded successfully.... but THERE'S NOTHING THERE.
Not one DAMNED thing. FOUR TIMES, four DIFFERENT BRAND NEW CDs. Oh, btw, this is NOT the crap cd-burning quasi-but-not-really-functional applet that comes with XP. This is NTI's BurnDragonBurn. AND IT MADE A PERFECTLY USABLE CD FROM THE SAME PARAMETERS AN HOUR AGO!
|this is NOT the crap cd-burning quasi-but-not-really-functional applet that comes with XP. |
Actually, Vkaryl, the software in XP is just a chopped down version of Roxio EZ CD, which IMHO is the best burner software there is. (not trying to start a burner software debate)
I use the XP built in Roxio software every day or so to do my backups and it works great. I have not used NTI's software in some time or under XP, but I have seen in it in use on clients PC's under Win98, when they experienced the same problem you describe, a system reboot seemed to fix it. It may have something to do with the way NTI is temprarily storing the data that will be burned to the cd.
Um. I AM an idiot. It just never occurred to me that I should reboot. Yes, today after normal shutdown last night, it's working again. *sigh* Thanks SO much for the help!
[No debate from me: I've used roxio's stuff myself. I just "fit" better with BDB. It's probably a "girl" thing, or because dragons are my alter egos, or whatever.... The only thing I have trouble with is that while EZcd was perfectly usable BEFORE XP, I have never one time on a brand new system been able to get the cd burning to work right. AND I was told by an MS rep that they simply advise people with this problem to get 3rd party cd-burn software, BECAUSE the XP version isn't particularly functional and has a lot of "issues". And yes, I DO have the email - saved it for posterity!]
|Roxio EZ CD, which IMHO is the best burner software there is |
Hardly. Nero is much better, clonecd is much better. By several factors.
The real problem is that you have to switch off xp's native cd burning features completely if you want to use 3rd party burning stuff.
I used to follow the roxio adaptec saga, their tech support areas were especially fascinating, when it comes to xp/nt systems, the tales of woe are so numerous that it's not worth repeating them.
Roxio is the most generic product out there, although adaptec didn't seem to think it was worth much since they spun off the roxio division and sold it. Smart move on their parts.
Back at 300mghz I had nothing but failures and problems with any roxio product, all problems were solved immediately and permanently by switching to german engineered nero.
I can still install nero on 300 megahertz machines and get full speed, 52x burns, I couldn't even dream of doing that reliably with any roxio junk. So why did ms use roxio drivers? Reason 1, they couldn't write the burning software themselves and had to hire someone to do it. Reason 2, the good companies probably refused to license their products to ms. Result: the most mediocre cd burning available on the market today comes standard with xp.
Yes, Nero does take configuration, it's not plug and play if you want optimol performance,xp does it again, bad products released to get market share, drive good products out of market, why is this story so oddly familiar?
|(not trying to start a burner software debate) |
This is why I put the above quote in my answer, to avoid starting a debate. Having said that, I have been a PC Tech for 10 years, I spent 3 years on the radio answering PC questions, I have worked on many thousands of systems for many hundreds of customers.
When I install EZCD for people and show them how to use it they are happy. When my customers buy other products and use software bundled with their burners that is not EZCD.....I get calls, annoying calls where in I have to try to explain the use of a product that is not simple.
Nero and others may be good for those who know what they are doing, may have advantages in buffer over-run and a host of other areas, but EZCD is EASY! People learn how to use it quiclky.
If Nero works for you, use it. But why knock other products that also work? Why try to start a debate when it was clearly stated that none was sought?