I always record at 1/2 the rated media speed. My collection of coasters doesn't grow...
Also I use CDBURNERXP when I can which is most of the time.
Besides my whole computer being strange lately, I had a LOT of problems with nero on Sunday, trying to burn a string of DVDs and CDs for a few friends (pictures & videos of various events). I started off with the CDs (for those without DVD drives), wanting to get them out of the way, and right away Nero started going crazy. I told it I wanted to burn a data disc (not realizing it was set to DVD), but when I realized, I closed that window, and Quickstart came back. I changed to CD, put the info on there, but it just sat there, not burning. I told it to stop burning, tossed the disc, put another one in there, and tried again. This time, I couldn't even get the window to put the contents in open. My system was dragging, so I checked task manager's process list. There were four or five nero.exe processes running! So I closed all of them, then smartstart, and tried again. Still problems, so I uninstalled and reinstalled nero.
That kind of worked. I could burn the first CD, but when I closed the nero window, smartstart wouldn't come back. Taking a look at the task manager again, I noticed that nero.exe was STILL running, along with NeroSmartStart.exe
So I closed nero, and the smartstart popped open. Dropped in the second CD, no problems. So I went throughout the whole process, doing nothing on the PC but burning discs, and after a disc finished burning, I'd close the window and end nero.exe's process. Before, this never occured. I would close the window after the disc was finished burning, and smartstart would immediately come back, and nero.exe would be gone from memory. But now, it stays. Which I don't understand because I uninstalled and reinstalled it, though I suppose maybe it might be something messed up in the user data. Plus, even when nero is working properly, it takes a HUGE amount of my memory away, which it never has done before. Might this have to do with my autorun/autoplay problems?
One other annoyance is that I found out that two of the DVDs that I burned are completely bad, and one of them only partially works! That is odd, that it should work some, but not completely. Those DVDs said they were burned successfully, though... Not to mention that during burning, two of the CDs I tried to burn failed burning.
What are all these problems with my system, and why are they happening now? Is WinXP only supposed to last for a few months? Gr.
And no, I don't spyware or viruses. I monitor task manager regularly, and make sure processes that don't need to be running aren't.
Nero version numbers:
22.214.171.124 - NeroVision Express 2
126.96.36.199 - Nero OEM
188.8.131.52 - Nero Media Player
1.6GHz AMD Sempron 2600+