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Bad CD-R disk batch #131856 06/03/04 06:35 AM
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pauluk Offline OP
I bought two boxes of Philips CD-R disks a few weeks ago and just started using them for a project this week. The first two burned all right, then a couple just about burned (even at only 12x) with many retries and the drive speed hunting up and down all over the place. Out of 20 disks, barely half were usable. Then I looked more closely at the boxes and noticed the dreaded "Made in China" on them.

Thanks to yet another company sending production to China and letting quality control vanish, I had to make a quick trip to PC World (40-mile round trip) to get some replacements quickly. [Linked Image]

I went with TDK this time and have no problems. [Linked Image]

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Re: Bad CD-R disk batch #131857 06/03/04 10:22 AM
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ThinkGood Offline
I'm also using TDK CD-Rs with good results.

Re: Bad CD-R disk batch #131858 06/03/04 03:51 PM
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Mean Gene Offline
All I have ever used is TDK and Verbatim, and can honestly say I have never had a CD-R related failure (knocking on wooden desk). [Linked Image]

Re: Bad CD-R disk batch #131859 06/04/04 11:42 AM
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pauluk Offline OP
Philips always used to be a well-respected name in Europe. Sad to think that the company who brought us the compact cassette tape format has sold out to cheap labor. [Linked Image]

I don't think I've ever used Verbatim CD-Rs, but I regularly bought Verbatim disks many years ago (5-1/4 and 8" floppies) and always found them reliable.

Re: Bad CD-R disk batch #131860 06/05/04 01:54 PM
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Scott35 Offline
Broom Pusher and

Sorry to hear of your CD-R troubles! That totally sucks when trying to burn 200+ MB of data, and half way through there's an error!

Then it's back to format, try again (with fingers crossed [Linked Image]...)

I have some Phillips CD-Rs left for use, so I will keep this in mind.


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Re: Bad CD-R disk batch #131861 06/05/04 08:28 PM
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mvpmaintman Offline
Egad Paul some people wouldnt even know that disks used to be 5 1/4" and 8". But then not everybody was as excited as I was about Radio Shacks fabulous TRS-80 (aka trash 8080).


Old computer geeks never die they just get updated.

Re: Bad CD-R disk batch #131862 06/06/04 04:47 PM
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pauluk Offline OP
Yeah, the kids today look at the hard shell of a 3-1/2" disk and wonder why we call them floppies! [Linked Image]

I remember staring at a TRS-80 in a little back-street store when they first arrived on these shores, with the likes of the Commodore PET alongside. That was in the days when a computer shop was a dingy old run-down place on some dark back-street in the low-rent part of town, but it was like a palace to me at the time! [Linked Image]

Re: Bad CD-R disk batch #131863 06/07/04 02:31 PM
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Radar Offline
I still have an apple IIe, and I think it still works. Cost an arm and a leg at the time, and I get a lot of use out of it. Had a Z-80 card in it too, for anyone who remembers CPM OS. Ran WordStar & dBase-II.


There are 10 types of people. Those who know binary, and those who don't.
Re: Bad CD-R disk batch #131864 06/07/04 06:21 PM
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pauluk Offline OP
Ran CP/M for years, and in fact it had a lot of useful built-in features and utilities that were absent in MS-DOS.

I acquired an old Heath/Zenith Z-89 system a while ago which I'm working on, as time permits. It came complete with all the original hardware and spftware manuals, which is a great find. And the keyboard is an absolute d-r-e-a-m compared to today's cheap junk.

Re: Bad CD-R disk batch #131865 06/08/04 12:02 PM
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Mean Gene Offline
Mvp & Paul,

Wow, you guys really brought back the memories bringing up the Radio Shack TRS-80. That was my first PC. I don't remember how much I paid for it, but I rememeber saving up for it for a while. I had my local store special order me one as soon as I saw it in the catalog. I got the 1266th one built.

To this day I still have the catalog. I think the external modem that had the cups for the phone handset to fit in was several hundred dollars. [Linked Image]


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