Learning About Your just!burn CD-Rewritable (CD-RW) Software

Chapter 1
Learning About Your just!burn
CD-Rewritable (CD-RW) Software
just!burn is the easy way to create your own personal audio or data CDs. You can
also create personalized labels, inlay cards, and booklets.
Supporting both standard CD-ROM discs, CD-R discs (write once) and CD-RW
discs (rewritable), just!burn provides the following tools:
Tool
What you can do
PacketCD
Copy individual files. Drag and drop files from one drive to another.
CD!backup
Copy an entire CD. Create working backups of important data or your favorite
CDs.
just!audio
Create audio CDs from your personal CDs or from downloaded MP3 files. Play
your new CD on most any home or car CD, or multimedia computer.
just!data
Produce data CDs or copy files. Offers the highest compatibility when sharing
discs between different PCs.
The just!burn CD Assistant is displayed when a blank, unformatted disc is inserted
into the CD-RW Drive. From the just!burn CD Assistant screen, you can access all
the tools in the software package.
just!burn CD Assistant
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Understanding CD-R and CD-RW Media
You can use either CD-R or CD-RW discs to record material, but each has distinct
advantages and limitations.
The CD-R disc:
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Can be used on most any computer CD-ROM drive.
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Can be used to create CD backups of your personal CDs.
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Is recommended for creating audio discs or sharing information between
computers.
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Is recommended for creating personal system backups.
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Can be written to only once.
The CD-RW disc:
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Can be used on most any computer CD-ROM drive.
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Can be used to create CD backups of your personal CDs.
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Is recommended for creating personal system backups.
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Can be erased partially or completely and then reused.
HINT: For best compatibility, CD-RW discs should be played on your CD-RW drive.
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Media Matrix
Use the following guidelines when choosing the appropriate CD recording media:
Media Matrix
Format
CD-R Media
CD-RW Media
Erasable
No
Yes
Drive
CD-R Media
CD-RW Media
Multi-read (see note below) Yes
Yes
CD-ROM
Yes
Yes
CD audio player
Yes
No
DVD-ROM
Yes
Yes
Uses
CD-R Media
CD-RW Media
Backup
Yes
Yes
Reusable storage
No
Yes
Long-term archive
Yes
No
Audio
Yes
No
Publishing
Yes
No
Sharing files
Yes
No
NOTE: MultiRead CD-ROM drives are designed to support CD-RW discs. Most new CD-ROM drives on
the market today are MultiRead compatible. To be MultiRead compatible, a CD-ROM drive must be able
to read CD-R discs and CD-RW discs. Some non-MultiRead CD-ROM drives can also read UDF
formatted CD-R media (but not CD-RW media).
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Formatting Options
CD-R and CD-RW discs must be formatted before recording.
Formatting a
CD-R Disc
To format a CD-R disc, complete the following steps:
1.
Insert a CD-R disc into your disc drive. The just!burn CD Assistant is
displayed:
just!burn CD Assistant
2.
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Type a name for the CD in the Volume label box.
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3.
Click the PacketCD button. The CD-R Format Options screen is displayed:
CD-Recordable Format Options screen
HINT: When formatting a CD-R or CD-RW, you can choose standard or compressed format. The
Compress Format option doubles storage capacity and improves read and write performance.
However, a compressed disc can only be read by a PC equipped with just!burn software.
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4.
Click Standard Format or Compress Format. The Formatting Progress Bar
is displayed:
Formatting Progress Bar
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Formatting a
CD-RW Disc
To format a CD-RW disc, complete the following steps:
1.
Insert a CD-RW disc into the CD-RW drive. The CD-RW formatting screen is
displayed:
CD-RW formatting screen
NOTE: Random CD-RW provides all the benefits of a CD-RW, but formatting may take up to an hour.
While Sequential CD-RW provides quicker formatting, you lose the ability to erase files individually.
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2.
Click Random CD-RW or Sequential CD-RW. The CD-RW Format Options
screen is displayed:
CD-ReWritable Format Options screen
3.
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Click Standard Format or Compress Format. The formatting is completed in
about 30 seconds.
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Using PacketCD
PacketCD allows you to use your CD-RW drive just like a hard drive or any other
removable media drive (e.g., Zip). PacketCD makes it possible to drag-and-drop files
to the letter of the CD-RW drive within Windows Explorer or any other Windows
application.
If your Presario Internet PC is equipped with both a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
and a CD-RW drive, you can write data directly between the two drives (write “onthe-fly”).
Sharing Data/
Finalizing a Disc
NOTE: When recording to a CD-R or CD-RW, Compaq recommends that you disable your Presario
Internet PC sleep mode. (See Planning a Successful Recording in the “Using just!audio” section for
details.)
In order to share recorded data, you must first finalize your disc. To finalize your disc
in PacketCD, complete the following steps:
1.
From the Windows desktop, double-click the My Computer icon
2.
Right-click the letter of your CD-RW drive. (Your CD-RW drive might be
identified as PacketCD (E:), for example.)
3.
Click Finalize disc.
.
NOTE: When you finalize a disc in PacketCD, the Universal Disc Format (UDF) file system is
automatically recorded to the disc. UDF allows you to use the new CD in another computer.
What is UDF?
Universal Disc Format (UDF) is a file system that supports the current generation of
optical drives such as CD-RW, DVD-ROM, and DVD-Video. Standard CD-ROMs
are usually formatted using a file system called ISO 9660.
UDF was designed to address the limitations of ISO 9660 for DVD-ROM, CD-RW,
and other new disc formats. Specifically, UDF allows files to be added to a CD-R or
CD-RW disc incrementally, one file at a time, without significant wasted space (these
are functions within PacketCD).
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UDF gives the user the ability to erase files individually on CD-RW media, freeing
up space in the process. UDF also supports larger capacity discs like DVD-ROM.
UDF Readers are especially useful if you are recording data to CD-RW media
because you will be able to read the CD-RW disc in MultiRead CD-ROM drives.
Without the UDF Reader, you can read this disc only in a CD-RW drive.
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Using CD!backup
CD!backup allows you to create personal backups of almost any CD quickly and
easily. If the CD-RW drive is the only CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive on your
Presario Internet PC, CD!backup uses your hard drive to temporarily store the
information until recording is complete.
If your Presario Internet PC is equipped with an additional CD-ROM or DVD-ROM
drive, you can write directly between the drives to create a personal CD backup (a
process known as write “on-the-fly”).
To open CD!backup, choose Start > Programs > CeQuadrat > CD!backup. The
CD!backup screen is displayed:
CD!backup screen
NOTE: A complete explanation of the options screen is provided in the just!audio section.
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Using just!audio
Planning a
Successful
Recording
just!audio allows you to make professional quality CD recordings. For best results,
follow these important steps prior to recording.
Disabling the Sleep Mode
Your Presario Internet PC is equipped with Sleep Mode. If the Sleep Mode is enabled
during recording, the CD may be ruined. To ensure your computer is not in Sleep
Mode, complete the following steps:
1.
Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel > Power Management.
The Power Management Properties dialog box is displayed:
Power Management Properties dialog box
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2.
Verify that the System standby, Turn off monitor, and Turn off hard disks
drop-down lists are set to Never.
3.
Click OK.
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just!audio is the easy way to add songs to a CD. To open the just!audio editor,
Using the
just!audio Editor choose Start > Programs > CeQuadrat > just!audio. The default CD-ROM view is
displayed:
just!audio editor
just!audio Editor
Windows
(CD-ROM View)
When you open the just!audio CD-ROM view, two windows are displayed. The
source window (upper) is divided into two sections. The left side of the source
window lists CD drive(s) on your computer. The right side of the source window
provides access to audio tracks from existing CDs.
The new CD window (lower), is the destination window where you drag and drop
audio selections. The order of tracks on your new CD is determined by dropping the
tracks into their desired locations or by moving the existing tracks.
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The just!audio editor provides four methods for bringing new tracks into a project:
◆
sample
◆
CD-ROM (default)
◆
database
◆
file system
You can access any method by clicking its tab in the source window.
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NOTE: Refer to the Online Manual for more information about sample, database, and file system
recording methods.
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The just!audio
Editor Icons
The just!audio editor provides you with all the tools you need to make a professional
CD recording. The icons and their functions are described below:
Icon
When/How to Use
Add songs to a new CD.
Set recording levels.
Create jewel case inlay cards, booklets, and CD labels.
Begin recording.
Remove unwanted pops and clicks from a track.
Scan and remove unwanted silence from the beginning or end of source
material.
Automatically adjust peak recording levels of an audio track for highest gain.
Preview a recorded track.
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Record Settings
just!audio checks your system performance and automatically sets up for optimal
recording speed. just!audio simplifies options available for the recording. They can
be individually selected by clicking the detailed tab, or the slide-bar can be used to
set the options in the easy screen.
From the just!audio editor, click the options button. The options screen is
displayed:
just!audio options screen
Move the slide-bar between safe and fast for instant feedback on how the different
settings affect recording time and reliability.
Slide-Bar
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NOTE: Once default settings have been changed, these new settings will become the default settings
for future recordings.
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Option Settings
Use the following guidelines when choosing record settings:
Option
What it does
Emulate only
Allows you to perform a test run before recording. To test system performance,
Compaq recommends using the “Emulate Only” option when recording a CD or
using a computer system for the first time.
Write
“on-the-fly”
If your Presario Internet PC is equipped with a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive and
a CD-RW drive, you can write data directly between drives. If system
performance is low or if the source disc is scratched, it is safer to leave this
option off and copy the tracks to the local hard drive first. In this case, make
sure there is enough free space on the temporary drive before attempting to
record.
Recording speed
Use this option to select the recording speed from source disc to destination
CD-R/CD-RW disc. If system performance is in question or if the recording will
be done “On-the-fly” from a slower CD-ROM, it may be safer to select a lower
write speed. This will not affect the quality or speed of playback from the
recorded CD.
Estimated time
Displays estimated recording time.
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Using your CD-RW Drive to Record an Audio CD
just!audio allows you to create your own audio CDs. You can record over multiple
recording sessions to fill your CD-R disc.
After completing the planning steps and designing your CD track list, you are ready
to record. To achieve the best performance when recording an audio CD on your
CD-RW drive, complete the following steps:
1.
From the just!burn CD Assistant, click the just!audio button. The just!audio
editor is displayed:
just!audio editor
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NOTE: The display will show two upper (source) windows from which to drag audio selections and one
lower (destination) window in which to drop them.
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2.
Insert the source disc (the disc containing the tracks you want to record) into the
CD-RW drive.
3.
Double-click the CD-RW icon
contents of the source CD are displayed:
in the source window. The
just!burn CD source window
4.
Drag and drop the desired tracks (songs) to the New CD window. This will copy
the selected tracks to a temporary file on your hard drive.
5.
When copying to the hard drive is complete, remove the source CD.
6.
Insert the destination disc (the disc you want to record to), and wait until the
content list of the source disc clears from the source window, or the CD-RW
drive icon reads, “Free Space.” This will take approximately 10 seconds.
HINT: If you press the record button and the destination CD is not in the CD-RW drive, you will be
prompted to insert the destination CD.
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7.
Click record. The just!audio record screen is displayed:
just!audio Record screen
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NOTE: You can stop recording at any time during the process by pressing the OFF button.
8.
Once recording has completed, you will be prompted to either finalize the disc or
add additional tracks. If you plan to add additional tracks, DO NOT finalize the
disc.
9.
To add additional tracks, return to the editor and repeat steps 3 through 7.
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Finalizing a Disc
When recording is complete, the disc must be finalized. Only after finalization can a
disc be played in a CD player or CD-ROM drive. When you have finalized a CD-R
disc, no additional tracks can be recorded.
To finalize an audio CD, complete the following steps:
1.
Insert the disc into the CD-RW drive.
2.
Open the just!audio tool.
3.
Click the options button. The options screen is displayed:
4.
From the options screen, click the detailed tab.
5.
Verify that the Finalize disc option is checked.
6.
Click the record button.
Buffer Underrun Errors
A buffer underrun error occurs when the data flow is interrupted. This type of error
can occur on single or dual optical drive systems (CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD-ROM
drive).
CD writing is a real-time process that must run constantly at the selected recording
speed, without interruption. Because the CD recorder's buffer contains a reserve of
data waiting to be written, small slowdowns or interruptions in the flow of data will
terminate the writing process. A buffer underrun error means that for some reason the
flow of data from the source (e.g., hard disc, CD-ROM drive) to the CD recorder was
interrupted long enough for the CD recorder's buffer to be emptied, and writing was
stopped.
WARNING: If data flow is interrupted during an actual write operation, your recordable disc may be
damaged.
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If you experience a buffer underrun error in the just!burn application, a window
offering multiple options is displayed. These options include:
◆
Repeat Track
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Continue Track
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Next Track
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Finalize + Cancel
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Cancel
For best fidelity, Compaq recommends that you select Repeat Track.
Tips to Help
Prevent Buffer
Underruns
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NOTE: In extreme cases, some errors may render your disc unusable. If this occurs, it may be
necessary to start over with a new disc and properly dispose of the old disc.
Use the following guidelines to help prevent buffer underruns:
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Close all other open programs prior to recording.
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Record audio CDs by using the Track-at-once function.
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Keep the CDs, the recorder, and your source CD-ROM drive free of dust,
fingerprints, and scratches.
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Ensure your hardrive is not fragmented.
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Verify correct recorder controller settings.
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Do not record across the network (a network may be too slow to maintain
adequate throughput speed).
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Ensure source files are not damaged.
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Do not copy empty directories, zero byte files, or files that may be in use by the
system at the time of recording.
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Ensure the temporary directory has free space at least twice the size of the largest
file you are recording.
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Disable any auto-dial programs during recording sessions.
NOTE: It is highly recommended that you use the highest quality media with your CD-RW drive. Quality
varies by manufacturer; therefore, if you are unsuccessful with one media brand, try another.
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Adding Artwork
just!audio contains a powerful tool for creating professional-looking jewel case inlay
cards, booklets, and CD labels.
To print an item, click the Printer icon
in the lower-right corner of the
just!audio screen. The art work screen provides buttons in the lower-left corner for
inserting text boxes, indices of tracks and titles, and selecting a different background
for the item.
The label tab also provides a special tool for adding curved text that wraps around the
CD label. Double-clicking on any text or graphics box allows you to modify the
properties of that object. (Labels are purchased separately.)
Inlay Card
The inlay card is designed to sit behind the CD tray, providing the rear and side views
for the jewel case. The card generally announces the CD artist and title, as well as a
list of tracks and their respective titles.
just!audio CD inlay card screen
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CD Booklet
The CD booklet is held in the tabs on the front cover of the CD, providing the first
impression of the CD contents. An additional index or other relevant information
may be supplied as well.
just!audio CD booklet screen
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CD Label
just!audio allows you to print text and graphics directly to CD labels. In addition to
the standard text and graphic tools, the curved text tool allows text to wrap around the
label.
just!audio CD label screen
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Using just!data
just!data easily creates data CDs that can be read on almost any computer and
operating system. Your Presario Internet PC uses the hard drive for temporary file
storage, enabling you to copy from one disc to another if you have only a CD-RW
drive. Use these CDs to transfer files from one computer to another.
NOTE: The art work editor in just!data differs from the just!audio art work in only one detail: the
index box does not display a directory tree.
Using the Online Manual
The just!burn software included with your Presario Internet PC comes with a
complete online User Manual to answer any questions you might have about the
functionality of the software with your CD-RW Drive.
To access the just!burn User Manual, select Help from the menu bar. The online
manual will open for your use.
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Troubleshooting
The following tables provide information for Audio, Data, and Hardware
troubleshooting:
AUDIO
Symptom
Problem
Solution
Trouble recording audio CDs
◆ Poor quality or
◆ Wrong media type
1. Ensure you are using CD-R media.
2. If CD-R media is being used, try a different
brand (media quality varies by manufacturer).
Error message “End of user
area encountered on disc”
when recording audio CDs
◆ Trying to record too much data to the 1. Verify that the length of total tracks to be
disc (maximum capacity is 74
minutes or 650 MB) or
◆ Trying to record to a used disc
recorded does not exceed 74 minutes or 650
MB.
2. Try a new medium.
Unable to record music from
stereo onto a CD-R/CD-RW
Attempting to use audio jack on
CD-R/CD-RW drive
Audio jacks are drive-specific.
Buffer underrun when copying
files from the C or D drive to
the CD-R/CD-RW
Interruption in data streaming
See tips on preventing buffer underruns.
Audio CD has pops and skips
◆ Scratches or dust on source or
◆ Read speed is too high or
◆ Bad CD-R/CD-RW media
1. Clean the original or source CD.
2. Use the Declick option (de-select) in
just!audio (Declick removes clicks and
scratches from the source audio).
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DATA
Symptom
Problem
Solution
Unable to read data from a
CD-R or CD-RW disc
◆ Disc not finalized or
◆ UDF reader missing (PacketCD only)
1. Finalize the disc (see notes on how to finalize a
disc).
2. Verify that the CD-ROM is a Multi-Read CDROM (see notes on Multi-Read CDs).
Unable to read files copied to
the CD; option to close session
unavailable
1. Finalize the disc (see notes on how to finalize a
◆ Disc not finalized or
disc).
◆ UDF Reader missing (PacketCD only)
Data cut off from the recorder
interrupting the writing
process
Buffer underrun while recording an
audio CD
1. Follow steps on how to record an audio CD.
2. See notes on possible causes of buffer
underrun.
◆ General Protection Failure
Buffer underrun during an attempt to
write “on-the-fly” in just!audio (only
occurs with dual optical systems)
1. Ensure that the “Copy disc at Once” option is
not checked.
(GPF) error or
◆ Error message “Write error
loss of streaming”
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2. Verify that the CD-ROM is a Multi-Read CDROM (see notes on Multi-Read CDs).
NOTE: The “Copy disc at Once” option does not
put blank spaces between tracks. These pauses
allow the source drive to refill data buffers on the
CD-RW drive.
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HARDWARE
Symptom
Problem
Solution
CD-R/CD-RW is not writing.
Error message (“ide cdr/w c12A at
4,44,85,” for example).
1. Indicates a bad CD-ROM.
2. Recommend the CD-ROM be replaced.
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