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Re: Making cd for universal use/ as comercials

Many car stereos, especially older Hondas (even the owners manuals of pre 2000 models say they're no good), won't play CD-Rs reliably. Sometimes different brands with higher reflectivity can help, but sometimes it just won't work. CD Text, otoh, seems to be supported most commonly in car stereos, followed by DVD players. I guess the assumption is they won't connect to the internet or something. Anyway, check any CD-R in problem players to verify the device can read CD-Rs. If you find one that works (or not), select blank media accordingly.
by Daved
Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:18 pm
 
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Re: Making cd for universal use/ as comercials

There are only a few possibilities here, since WL8 itself has no problem burning CD Text:
1) The player in question cannot read CD-Rs properly. In this case, it won't matter what burner or software you use, it will never read back, and may barely play at all.
2) The burner isn't capable of writing CD Text. Replacing the burner alone would help here.
3) The media/blanks you're using aren't reflective enough for the player you're checking in.

1 & 3 are related, but different. 3 is a temporary problem, fixed by replication (replicated products are stamped just like vinyl, with pits and lands forming ones and zeros; CD-Rs are burned so the surface has light and dark areas so contrast matters, so duping to more reflective or contrasty media or stamping to pressed discs will fix #3).

Easy test: Throw a commercial CD that you know has Text on it into a DVD player (not Blu Ray) and see if titles appear. Most DVD players read CD Text, so that's your simple go/no-go test. If it reads text, next insert a CD-R you burned with text into that player. Do you see text? If so you know the disc is good. If not you can infer the burner doesn't support it, or at least not with WL8. Buy a new burner, making sure it supports it and you're good.

Finally, if the text appears on the DVD player, but not in your car or other player, you can safely assume that player is the problem. In that case you can fool around with different manufacturer's blank media and see if anything works, or you can press/stamp replicated CDs for the project instead of burning CD-Rs. Or you can forget it entirely, as many people do and move on, accepting that some players will have trouble with CD-Rs (like pre-2003 Hondas!).
by Daved
Tue Nov 12, 2013 2:28 pm
 
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