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    XP CD Burning - Crap or Godsend?

    I have used the CD burning software in XP a few times (hey, I have no choice - the Direct CD drivers are disabled on startup because they threaten the stability of Windows....so the choice is made for me) and I have had widely varying results. One time it's great, another time, the same function can make a glorified coaster. Why the hell can't I use my Direct CD 4? Some unholy alliance between Microsoft and Roxio? Of course it is - just an evil plot to get me to buy Easy CD Creator 5 for $100.00. Anyone else having these problems?
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    Re: XP CD Burning - Crap or Godsend?

    Would you feel guilty buying a pirated copy of EZ CD Creator?
    Heh, heh, heh!

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    Re: XP CD Burning - Crap or Godsend?

    Other than a bit of confusion (on my part) the first time I used the built in support, I have had no problems going to my LG 12/8/32 drive. This drive has an 8MB buffer which may impact on my good results. Buffer exhaust is the most frequent cause of coasters.

    Roxio provided the burning support in XP, so, I would expect the low level drivers are similar.

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    Re: XP CD Burning - Crap or Godsend?

    I haven't tried EZCD4, but I did use version 5 when it was supposedly incompatible.

    As Ian stated, coasters are more likely the fault of something other than EZCD. ZMake sure you disable virus scanning programs while burning, and close other programs that may be spiking your system's resources. Even on some of the faster machiens out now, running other apps while writing to a CD can take enough time from that process to interrupt it.

    If you are comfortable with some advanced changes, you can stop certain system services as well, which will free more cycles for the burn. There's an interesting bit at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.blkviper.com/WIN2K/servicecfg750.htm>http://www.blkviper.com/WIN2K/servicecfg750.htm</A> on service configuration and how you can save a little RAM.
    -Mark

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    Re: XP CD Burning - Crap or Godsend?

    Thanks, all - I just wound up System Restoring back a few days - I have made those reference points religiously - so I was able to restore it a few days back and that fixed the problem.

    I am still not buying Roxio 5. <img src=/S/argue.gif border=0 alt=argue width=50 height=25><img src=/S/flags/USA.gif border=0 alt=USA width=30 height=18>
    -kev

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