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Paul S. Fleming

Long wait on burning CD's

Guys, When I burn a bunch of images to a CD I sit and wait forever and the CD never pops out of my burner. Then when I push the button to eject the CD I get a message that reads basically, "DO NOT CLOSE OUT SO THAT DISK CAN BE READ ON OTHER COMPUTERS>" I have let it run for over an hour and it never ejects on it's own. How long should I wait? Should I contact the manufacturer? I have a business to run and time is money. Can anyone help please? "ps"

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5/2/2009 6:42:14 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Well, most of your questions if I were to just answer them directly as you asked them, I would say depends on how much is a bunch, and depends on what speed you're trying to write.
If you just bought the cd burner, you can contact the manufacturer or take it back. But if you want to make sure that there's something wrong with it, start with some simple things first.
Is the total file amount larger than what the cd can hold?
What happens when you burn just two or three files?
Sometimes burning a large number of files at the fastest speed causes mistakes, so what happens if you write at a slower speed?
Have you ever ejected it anyway, and checked to see if all the files have made it to the cd anyway?

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5/2/2009 8:19:16 PM

Tressie Davis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/4/2006
  I use the windows burner. The window will open when I put in a blank CD/DVD, then I drag and drop files from my PC folder to the CD/DVD drive folder. I can hear the pc working, and see the lights that tell me it's still working on something. When the noise is gone, the lights have stopped, AND I see that all the files I was attempting to burn are visible in the CD/DVD drive folder, I then have to go to the "my computer" folder (it will already be up for me in a window, must be done when I choose the windows burning option), right click on the CD/DVD drive and choose the option "close session". It still doesn't eject on its own, but I do get a pop up message saying it's ready to be ejected. Try this and see if this works for you.

BTW I never had to do this until I got my new laptop with Vista (go figure). That's when I started having the exact issue that you described. And the worse part was that if I went ahead and ejected the CD/DVD without closing the session, I could view the files on MY laptop, but no other computer in the house could read the CD. It was maddening.

Hope this helps.

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5/3/2009 7:12:29 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Sounds like a remedy.

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5/3/2009 3:36:38 PM

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