Hi gents, (I hope i don't have to use that term loosely!)
First CD - my burners can do over 24X; it's listed in the specs and they were made from 2002 thru 2006, the mfr date is right on the bottom, i looked. What's from the 90s is my CAR CD PLAYER.
Second, the burners are high quality Hitachi and Matsushita units, and they are durable.
Third, my red box EMC9 shows the blank discs (I am using some TDKs that i bought last year) as CDRs with Acer as the maker. So my burners CAN read the media types on these discs.
So, I made another disk, using the suspect burner with one of the TDK discs. I told roxio to limit burn speed to 16X, it hovered b/w 11-16X during the burn, It played fine with WMP on the thinkpad, but i left it in my room when i went to work this morning. I'll get it at lunch and see how it works in the Fleetwood.
I remember some real el-cheapo portable CD players that i bought in 2003 on my way to iraq - jwin and coby, etc... real cheap, below walmart quality even. They couldn't play CDRs that i made in my computer (back then a T22) but the computer could play them fine. I think i used Imation or 3M (same company) discs. I eventually bought a panasonic player which worked fine.
By the way, those old discs play fine in both my Fleetwoods, my ElDorado convertible AND my 1968 DeVille convertible (with a 2000 era CD player installed in the trunk - the signal & data cord barely reached from the trunk to the dash!) They work in my Wife's CTS' but she doesn't like my music... (so I play it on her all the time - her new CTS has an internal HDD which i copied the pussycat dolls' dont'cha song to just to annoy her!!!)
Since the reader (car player) is not suspect - at least i don't think it is suspect, I am still leaning on the bad media explanation.
I'll make some more test discs using the TDK and some newer Imations over the weekend, I've been meaning to do this for a while, but roxio was fried on my computer until i figured out what was hosing it.