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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-01-2006, 04:14 PM
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burned cds won't play

Hi, my 2001 325xi business cd radio will not play burned cds. Does anyone have info on this or a solution? Thanks
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:14 PM
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Are you burning them as music CDs and not MP3s? No problems on my 2002 325 or X5 with music but MP3s are a no go.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:48 PM
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Look at your cd burning program. Most of them allow you to select 1x,2x,4x etc speed when burning the cd. I have found that going 4x or lower solved my problems, which included not playing at all. So slow down your burning speed and also it may help not to use the cheapest cdr's you can find. The combination of the two should make a difference.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:03 PM
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I had the same issue and found two very important things:

1. Do not apply a label to the CD. I burned about 20 CDs with beautifully printed labels listing the band, album cover art, and all the songs only to find out that 90% of the CDs wouldn't play. I reburned them all without labels and each one plays fine.

2. The type of blank CD is very important. Memorex CDs play well in my Business CD. Maxell skip horribly.

Unlike most people, I haven't found the burn speed to matter much. Even burning those damn Maxell's at 2x wouldn't make them play.

Finally, check and recheck your burn settings. Make sure you're not burning an MP3 CD or a data CD. Then check if the CD plays in another non-computer CD player (preferably another car stereo). I've heard car stereo's are much more finicky than standard or computer CD players because of the vibration control.
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Old 02-01-2006, 08:37 PM
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There are many factors that can affect burn quality and cd player compatibility.

Check out the cdr equal to bimmerfest > http://www.cdfreaks.com/
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Old 02-02-2006, 06:09 AM
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Exact same solution in my 04....slowed down the record speed and Im golden...
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Old 02-05-2006, 06:04 PM
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Try using high-quality media like Taiyo Yuden CD-Rs.
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Old 02-07-2006, 06:40 AM
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All the above advice is good.
It's also worth mentioning that if a CD player has seen heavy use and is begining to flag a little, the ability to read CD-R will be the first thing to suffer. CD-Rs reflect less light than pre-recorded discs and thus require higher laser intensity to read correctly. If that intensity decreases, the errors will begain to creep in.
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Old 02-07-2006, 08:30 PM
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I have used Sony's CD-R with no problems, using what ever speed I want to burn them. Some thing about the Sony's makes them work better in this application.
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Old 02-21-2006, 04:45 PM
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Aiff

You may need to burn your CD as an AIFF file, not an mp3 file. Just a thought.

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Old 02-21-2006, 05:02 PM
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Some CD players will not play CD-R's for no obvious reason while the same CD-R will play in another machine.

The CD-R also needs to be finalized.
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