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    Failure to burn

    I'm trying to make a master data disc using Roxio Media Creator 7. When I try to burn a file to a disc I get the error message "Device is reserved by another...." The window isn't sizable, and isn't large enough to give the entire error message, but I'm assuming it's reserved by another software program. I have no trouble dragging and dropping this same file to a disc under Explorer, but because this disc needs to be closed, I'm using Roxio. It's a 4 yr old Dell Dimension 2100 with an LG 8X CD writer, I'm using XP Home SP2 and Media Player 10. I actually have 2 questions: (1) how do I change the reservation on the CD writer to Roxio; or (2) how do I copy this disc in Media Player so it closes? Either answer should achieve my desired result. Thanks.

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    Re: Failure to burn

    I do not understand what exactly are you trying to do.

    If you want to create a data CD, (i) create a new folder on your hard drive, (ii) copy all files you want to put onto CD to this folder, (iii) insert blank writable CD into your CD drive, (iv) start Roxio Media Creator and following the wizard, burn the CD using "Track at once - Finalize CD" option.

    If you want to create music CD (playable on any CD players), on the last step use the option "create music CD - disk at once".

    Which step produces errors? Are you sure you are using blank writable CD?

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    Re: Failure to burn

    I'm trying to put one file on a CD, and have the CD close afterwards. I'm in Roxio Easy Media Creator 7, which has a fairly extensive menu, but I don't see a wizard. I'm choosing "Copy files to disc" under "Data". The UI gives me an explorer like window, with sources in the top, and my project in the bottom. There are several ways I can put a file into the project, but after I put it there and press the Burn button, I get a Burn Progress window with the Burn button grayed out. When I show the details I get another window with an error message in the Destination Device area that says "The device is reserved by another...."

    In earlier versions of Windows I know you can assign the CD Player to start with a certain program...but I can't that feature in XP Home. So the question is, how do I assign the CD writer to use Roxio instead of whatever other program it's currently assigned to? I believe it's probably assigned to Media Player 10, since any disc I insert into the CD normally brings that program up.

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    Re: Failure to burn

    Here's a step-by-step of the Easy CD Creator process. Are you following all the steps ???

    To make a data CD:

    1. Start a new data CD project. From the File menu, point to New CD Project, then select Data CD.
    2. Insert a blank CD into your CD-Recorder (the destination drive).
    3. In the Select Source Files drop-down list box, select the folder where your files are located; a list of all files in the folder appears in the Source window.

    The Source window is the part of the Easy CD Creator user interface where you select the files, folders, and tracks (the source) you want to record to a CD. To make any kind of CD with Easy CD Creator, the source must be selected from the Source window and then added to the CD project.

    To select the files or folders to use as the source:
    a. In the Select Source Files drop-down list box in the Source window, select the folder where your files are located, or the CD-ROM drive where your CD is inserted; the contents of the folder or CD-ROM appear below the list box.
    b. Select the file, folder, or track (hold down the Ctrl or Shift key to select multiple files) in the Source window, and then click Add. The file is added to the CD project.
    4. Select the file (hold down the Ctrl or Shift key to select multiple files) in the Source window, and then click Add. The file is added to the data CD project.
    5. Click Record. The Record CD Setup dialog box appears.
    6. Click Start Recording.
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    Re: Failure to burn

    Basically, everything works as you describe through Item 5. My titles are slightly different than the ones you're mentioning as I'm using the Creator Classic module of Media Creator 7, but the functionality should be the same. When the Record CD Setup dialog box appears the "Burn" button is grayed out. There is a button in that dialogue box called "Details" which when pressed tells me that the destination device (meaning my CD Writer) is reserved by another application. The problem is I don't know what application has the device reserved, nor how to change that.

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    Re: Failure to burn

    It turns out this was a Roxio problem. When I originally loaded Media Creator 7 it left some remnants of my old Roxio Creator 4 which still claimed possession of the CD drive. After working through it with their tech support people, running a zap program to thoroughly kill the older version, and reinstalling MC7, it works as advertised. My file is transferred and the CD is finalized. Thanks for all the help.

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