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Sony VAIO Desktop User Guide
Using your VAIO desktop
CD/DVD writable drives: What (re)writable CD formats can I use?
Recordable and rewritable CD formats include CD-R, CD-RW (high-speed supported). CD-R (recordable)
allows one-time recording on a disc whereas CD-RWs can be rewritten as many as 1,000 times.
Writing CDs and DVDs
To achieve optimum performance when writing data on to disc (also called ’burning’), follow these
❑ Only use circular discs. Do not use discs with any other shape (star, heart, card, etc.), as this may damage
the disc drive.
❑ Do not strike or shake the computer while writing data to a disc.
❑ For optimum writing speed, deactivate the screensaver before writing data to a disc.
❑ Memory-resident disc utilities may cause unstable operation or data loss. Deactivate these utilities before
writing data to a disc.
❑ When using a software application to burn discs, make sure you exit and close all other applications.
❑ Never touch the surface of the disc. Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause writing
❑ Never put stickers on discs. This will affect the use of the disc irreparably.
To achieve optimum performance when playing DVD-ROMs, you should follow these recommendations:
❑ Close all open applications before playing a DVD-ROM movie.
❑ You can play DVDs with the software PowerDVD for VAIO.
❑ Do not switch power saving modes while playing a DVD-ROM.
❑ Do not use resident disc utilities or other resident utilities to speed up the access of discs, because they
may cause the system to become unstable.