CD Burner Hardware Help

Hardware Devices can be easier to troubleshoot than CD Burning Software if the right troubleshooting procedures are taken. This section will cover the different aspects to the Hardware from testing for faults to configuring the technology used to connect the internal CD Burner or external CD Burner to the PC.

Testing Burners for faults

Testing the hardware for a CD Burner fault should be made a standard procedure whenever dealing with CD Burning problems.This test can also be used for CD-ROMs and DVD Burners that may also have a fault as the same technology is used to connect the hardware devices to the Motherboard of the PC. See CD Burner Hardware Test to establish if the CD Burner has a hardware fault.

Troubleshooting & Configuring Your CD Burner

CD Burners use the same technology as a CD-ROM but with an additional feature allowing users to copy or duplicate data or audio onto blank media. CD Burners can be internal or external devices with a broad range of different speeds and technologies used to connect the device to the main System.

With any PC hardware you need to look at specific things such as the technologies used when trying to solve a problem with a device. The following will cover troubleshooting help for some of the different technologies used for CD Burners and other Optical Devices along with configuring your system for CD Burning.

IDE Burner

CD Burners that are internal are usually IDE Devices that connect to two IDE ports on the motherboard. The CD Burner drivers are actually the drivers for the IDE ports, these drivers can be updated or installed by downloading the latest Chipset Drivers for the motherboard. See the IDE Burner section for more information on how to install IDE Burners.

USB Burner

USB Burners were more useful than convenient as with some models it was like carrying a brick with a laptop. USB Technology is pretty fast and CD Burners work extremely well with USB connections but problems can occur that involve in-depth troubleshooting USB and configuring USB Burner hardware.

SCSI Burner

With fast speeds and stability SCSI CD Burners become a popular choice for those that favored SCSI Devices. From experience in a support role SCSI Devices were least reported problem drive. Follow the SCSI CD Burner guide for more information on troubleshooting SCSI Devices and configuring SCSI.


CD Burners using PCMCIA connections was a favorite for those who needed to create back-up on a laptop when on the move. With a PCMCIA Burner being an external CD Burner and compact it was easier to carry than that of a USB CD Burner.

Parallel Burner

Parallel CD Burners are nearly extinct but their users seem to pop-up on different sites across the web, so this little section is for them. Parallel CD Burners were top market for their time as a useful external data storage back-up. The only bad point these CD Burners was the slow speeds they offered. Read the Parallel Burner section for more information on troubleshooting Parallel devices and configuring Parallel device.