How to Burn a CD That Can Play on an Old CD Player

by Nasim Bey

Getting a copied CD to work on an old CD player can be a hassle due to constantly changing technologies. Some models of old CD players were not designed to work with rewritable, over-burned and non-name brand CDs. Before copying a CD, you can take a few precautions to ensure that it will work on an old CD player.


Verify that your blank CD-R is from a software company such as Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard or Sony. Make sure you purchase a CD-R and not a CD-RW.


Insert the blank CD-R into your computer's CD-R+/- Drive.


Click on the "Start" button. Open Windows Media Player from the "All Programs" menu.


Click on the "Burn" tab. Drag-and-drop music files into the "Drag items here" box.


Click on the "Burn Options" icon in the top right-hand corner. Select "More burn options..." from the drop-down menu. Select "Slow" on the burn speed selection menu. Click "Apply."


Click on the "Start Burn" icon.

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About the Author

Nasim Bey has been writing for publication since 2007. He has written on multiple subjects and specializes in topics in financial planning, legal issues and senior issues. His work has appeared in Investor Guide, Financial Web and Senior Ark. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese studies at the University of California at Irvine.

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