CDRWin, although a great program, can sometimes
give you so much grief that you're ready to pull your hair out. Sit back, relax, and
take a deep breath. You CAN get it working properly!
First of all, make sure your comptuer settings are correct, that you've got up to
date drivers and firmware for your CD-R drive (go here
to pick out your drive and make sure).
Now, there are some issues with the following
CD-R software if installed along side CDRWin:
If you have any of those programs installed,
we'll need to make sure they're not causing the problem. Most often, you will get a
"ERROR: Command WRITE Failed at..." error whenever one of those programs is
interfearing with CDRWin.
Click HERE for the
for the Nero solution.
for the Adaptec solution.
Now, other times you might get a "Bad
Medium Detected" error from CDRWin. Strangely enough, this sometimes doesn't
have ANYTHING to do with media. But, to cover all the bases, click here to make sure you're using media that will work in your
drive with CDRWin. If you are using good media, try defragmenting your hard
drive. You might be surprised at how it clears up your problem :)
If you're getting "Buffer Underrun"
errors, you're not following the instructions I have given on how to setup your computer properly.
If you're getting "ASPI" errors, you
probably haven't installed the latest ASPI drivers, or you've installed Adaptec or another
such program that has decided that it's ASPI drivers are the ones to use, and now CDRWin
won't work with them. Follow the above instructions for Adaptec, Nero, or WinOnCD.
Those are the only ones I can think of off the
top of my head. If it doesn't cover your situation, e-mail
me and we'll work it out.
WinOnCD seems to install drivers that are not
compatible with our software. If you wish to use CDRWIN, then you will have to uninstall
WinOnCD or remove the following files from your C:WINDOWS\SYSTEM\IOSUBSYS directory...
Adaptec and Nero Fixes:
I wish I had a site like this when I first came across this
problem... would have saved me a few bucks in coasters...
When I first started burning, I tried CDRWin off of a
suggestion by someone on the PSX Copy Forum. I like the program so much I went out
and registed it (as I'd suggest you do as well). After quite a few successful burns,
I got a little 'bored' with CDRWin and wanted to try the other programs that people were
talking about. So in one session I installed Nero 4.0.0, Adaptec's Easy CD Creator,
and Prassi (Sony CD Right! is the same thing). Well, nothing was working after
that. I'd try making a backup, and the image would read just fine, but then I'd get
this strange error "Command Write Failed" just a few seconds after it started
writing the disc - CDRWin would then spit out the disc with a partial TOC burned onto it
(making the entire thing useless). I was about to pull my hair out after about the
5th coaster... different games, same result.
I tried uninstalling and re-installing CDRWin. I tried
it on "demo" mode. I deleted Nero, Adaptec and Prassi. Still did the
In a fit of utter frustration, I took CDRWin over to my NT
box, put the CD-R in it, and started burning... and it was working perfectly.
To make a long story short, Adaptec put some screwey drivers
on my system that didn't get along with anything else. So if you want to use Nero
and/or Adaptec on your system, you're going to have to put it on your computer *before*
you do CDRWin. And don't let it install its 'own' drivers. Better yet, just
stick with CDRWin and don't worry about it! (This seems to be a non-issue with
Now, since writing this page, I have found that there just
might be a very simple solution to all of this! That is, of course, if you're running
Windows95 (version 1)! If you go to Microsoft's site, and download Service Pack 1 for Win95 and install
it, this (sometimes) clears up the file conflicts! If somone knows an easy fix like
that for Win98, that'd be great. I haven't tried it, but I'd venture to guess if
you re-installed Service Pack 3 or 4 for Windows NT, it would clear out this problem on
NT. If you have, and it works, please e-mail me
and let me know. You can also re-install Service Pack 1 for Win95 if you have
already done it previously to get the same results.
Otherwise, if you need to get Nero off your system, you have
1) The easy way - take a 3rd party uninstaller utility
(like Clean Sweep or something) and have it remove ALL of your CD-R programs you've
installed on your system. Reboot. Now, if you're hooked on Nero, install it
FIRST, but *DO NOT* allow it to install its own drivers (it'll ask you if you want them -
SAY NO!). Now, if you like Adaptec's product, I'd put that on next. Then
CDRWin. Verify that everything works - if it still messes up your system, you might
have some rogue registry entries, or perhaps your uninstaller utility ain't all that.
If this is the case, you'll have to try another way...
2) The not-so-easy way - uninstalling it yourself.
Delete all your CD-R software (use the Uninstaller that comes with Windows if the
programs are listed there). Go make sure the directories are gone, too. Now,
you're going to want to replace the ASPI drivers with the right version... to do so,
follow these directions:
1. Start your computer in MS-DOS mode. (*NOT* a DOS
2. At the DOS prompt, enter the
C:\>ren c:\windows\system\winaspi.dll winaspi.bak
C:\>ren c:\windows\system\wnaspi32.dll wnaspi32.bak <enter>
C:\>ren c:\windows\system\iosubsys\apix.vxd apix.bak <enter>
3. Put the Windows 95/98 CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive (we'll assume that it's drive
4. Enter the following lines, substituting the drive letter for your CD-ROM in place
For WINDOWS 95:
C:\>extract /y /l c:\windows\system
d:\win95\win95_03.cab winaspi.dll <enter>
C:\>extract /y /l c:\windows\system d:\win95\win95_03.cab wnaspi32.dll <enter>
C:\extract /y /l c:\windows\system\iosubsys d:\win95\win95_03.cab apix.vxd <enter>
For WINDOWS 98:
C:\>extract /y /l c:\windows\system
d:\win98\win98_40.cab winaspi.dll <enter>
C:\>extract /y /l c:\windows\system d:\win98\win98_40.cab wnaspi32.dll <enter>
C:\>extract /y /l c:\windows\system\iosubsys d:\win98\win98_47.cab apix.vxd
5. Restart your computer.
That should clear up most problems without have to re-install Windows...
3) The this-sucks way - it's called starting over
without killing everything. There's two ways... one is by rebooting your computer in
MS-DOS mode and, from the C: prompt, typing:
Now, this is going to take a while... depending on the speed
of your computer, anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour... expecially if you have Win98!
(If you haven't figured it out already, it's going to delete your Windows directory
and you're going to have to start all over again re-insalling Windows. Hope you have
your disks!) Once you've done that, you can run the Setup program on the Win9x CD
and start all over again... but at least you got rid of Nero! <laugh>
The other way is the quick-restart meathod of re-installing
Windows... in your root directory there is a file called System.1st - maybe you've seen
it? Anyways, if you haven't, that's probably because it's a hidden read-only file.
This is a copy of your registry just before Windows booted up the first time...
Windows will 'start over' - meaning all the software you've installed from day one is no
longer installed, but all the files are still taking up space. The plus side to this
meathod is that you don't have to worry about losing data files - the bad part is that
those bad Nero files might still be out there... I've never tried this meathod for
curing this problem, but I'm guessing that it'll work... if you have experience with it, e-mail me and let me know how it goes.
Anyway, here's how you do it...
You need to do this from MS-DOS mode (FULL mode, as in Start
--> ShutDown --> Restart in MS-DOS mode). From the C: prompt, type the
C:\WINDOWS> cd \ <enter>
C:\> attrib -r -s -h system.1st <enter>
C:\> cd c:\windows <enter>
C:\WINDOWS> attrib -r -s -h system.dat <enter>
C:\WINDOWS> ren system.dat system.bak <enter>
C:\WINDOWS> copy C:\system.1st C:\WINDOWS\system.dat <enter>
C:\WINDOWS> attrib +r +s +h system.dat <enter>
C:\WINDOWS> cd \ <enter>
C:\> attrib +r +s +h system.1st <enter>
Now you need to restart the computer (CTRL-ALT-DEL will do).
Windows will start, and it'll look just like it did when you first installed it...
4) This is the oh-crap way - reformat the harddrive.
Lose everything, start from scratch. I'm not going to tell you how to do
Good Luck! :)