Try latest Nero and NTI CD-Maker 2000 burning software. If it doesn't help, well - you still have you warranty
Best Regards ...
Have you tried burning at a slower speed?
If that works then maybe you need to defrag your hard drive...
Thanks for the hints. I haven't defragged lately, but I will take care of that asap. Also, I did order the Nero software and should have it mid-week. I can't help but notice that Yamaha's newest 20x drive ships with Nero 5.5. I even took the case off the computer and checked to see if anything looked out of place. Cleaned out the dirt while I was in there. Nothing seemed strange. The last resort will be to have the drive replaced because it is still under warranty.
Yamaha CD writer problems
I have a Yamaha 16x10x40 writer which I purchased and installed in November of 2000. This drive has worked flawlessly until now. Last night I discovered it would not write to blank CD-Rs, however, it did let me write to a blank CD-RW. Adaptec gave the reason code for CD-R failure as follows: "CD-Recorder error - track following error." I've emailed Yamaha's customer service but haven't heard back yet. What I have done is download the latest firmware, which has been applied. I also upgraded my version of Adaptec which is 4.02 to 4.05. I also used a CD cleaning kit in the drive. None of these solved the problem and I've wasted 6 blank CD-Rs. The brand names I used are Imation 12x CD-R and PNY Black Diamond 16x CD-R. Does anyone know what the problem is? Is there something I can do to fix it myself? Is this drive history?
Nero is good, but may cause problems if placed on the same PC with Easy CD Creator.
If everything worked well for months, I would assume the drive would work well with the existing software. Perhaps you might uninstall and re-install the software in case it is corrupted. The usual things that apply to CD burning still apply; de-frag periodically. Place all files to be burned in one folder. etc
So far, I have uninstalled all software, removed the drive from device manager, shut down/rebooted, and reinstalled the works. I defragged, cleaned the drive a second time, even opened the cover one more time to check cables, etc., and still have problems. I also noticed that the drive sounds funny, as if it's protesting being told to get to work Anyhoo, Yamaha responded to my cry for help, so the ball is in their court. They have all the information they need (serial number, date of purchase etc etc). The drive was manufactured in October of 2000 and I purchased the thing a month later. Since it is still under warranty, I've a feeling I'll be removing it to send back for repair or replacement. Maybe I'll get lucky and they'll send a 20x if other 16x users are experiencing similar problems (I won't hold my breath though). Meanwhile, the Nero software will sit in the box unopened when it arrives. Like crazyray said, if the existing software worked for 8 months, it ought to still work. Sure wish I had gotten the Plextor (and I still might). Thanks again for the suggestions.
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