Hi all - maybe someone here can provide some insights.
I recently upgraded from my ancient computer to a brand new Windows 10 machine. It has a built in CD-drive, which seems to work fine, but the tray seems very flimsy, and it's vertically mounted for some mysterious reason. So I decided to get an external to burn CDs as I make a fair amount of them.
For CD-burning, I used to use Windows Media Player which worked just fine for me, until this (apparently well-known) bug in which it stops recognizing certain files for whatever reason. I read up on and tried a few fixes to no avail, then said ____ it and switched to CDBurnerXP, which worked fine for me.
I tried CDBurnerXP on my new machine, using the internal drive. It worked fine.
I also tried burning two CDs, using the internal drive, with Windows Media Player. The first one was perfect. The second one I got the "does not recognize" error, so that was a failure. So, whatever the case, my computer itself does not have a problem burning CDs.
Then I tried the external (a MUSC), with CDBurnerXP. It could not see the disk in the drive and kept telling me to insert a disc. I tried with a few disks - same error. I assumed the external might be a problem, and bought a second, different brand, a Cocopa. CDBurnerXP could see a disk in this drive, but did not think it was blank (kept insisting there was insufficient space).
After poking through a CDBurnerXP forum, and attempting a few fixes, I decided it was time to man up and go for a commercial program, and chose Roxio.
So - first bit of weirdness - I downloaded what I assumed was the latest and greatest Easy CD and DVD Creator. But according to the software, this is 2, not 6, that I have. Weird. I don't particularly care - 2 is fine with me and I'm not excited about doing another download (I don't have high-speed internet and it literally took hours). So, I fired up Roxio and and plugged in the Cocopa drive. Roxio insisted the disk was full and it could not burn to it. I switched to the MUSC. The MUSC seemed to work fine and burned my CD nicely - EXCEPT that is clipping on the last 2-3 tracks, which is unexpected.
I tried burning to the Cocopa using Windows Media Player. That worked fine as well, except for, again, the WMP "not recognize" bug. So clearly both the Cocopa and the MUSC work fine - but seem to have compatibility issues with software - both with Roxio and CDBurnerXP.
So - my questions:
Why would these externals have such problems? Any ideas? They're both good little externals and I'd like to continue using them.
Why did I somehow end up with Easy CD and DVD Creator 2 if 6 is the latest? Or did I just overlook something?
Any thoughts on the clipping? I used to get clipping probs years ago when I used Nero, and it was apparently (so I was told) due to track volume. So I started reducing the volume on tracks and - voila - no more clipping. Is that still the likeliest suspect?
Incidentally, I have not yet tried burning a CD to the internal drive with Roxio, nor burning any CDs with my laptop (which does not have a built-in CD but can accept the externals). I hadn't planned on turning this thing into a science project, after all!
Any insights are appreciated!