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Malcy, it sounds to me like the laser lens on the CD player is dirty. it can be cleaned, but you'll have to take it apart to get to the lens. once you do get there, a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol (no, not beer! :poke: ) will work.
 

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Agreed - something is out of alignment. If it were a format issue, you wouldn't be able to play the CDs at all. You're getting some music, right - it's just skipping around? That sounds like a physical problem with the player - either the lens is dirty or the head is out of alignment from bouncing around in your car for the past 6 years...it happens.
 

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I'm not buying the dirty/out of alignment argument. You need to do the following:

1) Confirm that the CD was properly burned as an Audio CD (disk-at-once / finalize) Best way to confirm is to play the CD in another audio CD player - not a computer - the older the better.

If it plays OK in your other CD player, then try it in the car. If it doesn't play right in the car, yet commercial CDs play fine in the car, you have two possibilities

a) Your car CD doesn't like CD-Rs. Common problem with older CD players, although by 2002 or 2003 I thought they had this sorted out.
b) Your car CD doesn't like your particular brand of CD-R disc. Try another.
 

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I'm not buying the dirty/out of alignment argument. You need to do the following:

1) Confirm that the CD was properly burned as an Audio CD (disk-at-once / finalize) Best way to confirm is to play the CD in another audio CD player - not a computer - the older the better.

If it plays OK in your other CD player, then try it in the car. If it doesn't play right in the car, yet commercial CDs play fine in the car, you have two possibilities

a) Your car CD doesn't like CD-Rs. Common problem with older CD players, although by 2002 or 2003 I thought they had this sorted out.
b) Your car CD doesn't like your particular brand of CD-R disc. Try another.
I resurrected my previous factory CD player by cleaning the lens - it was picky just like the OP's. by the same token, the OP thinks he can possibly play .wav files, and I am not sure that is possible, especially since he thought he was saving them as original copy files (which I am pretty sure are .aiff, rather than .wav).
 

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Hi. I'm not sure if this helps, but I'm sure it's worth a shot.

Try to copy/burn your CD Audio at the good-old-and-ancient 4x speed. Yep. It's painstakingly slow to today's standard. But it was said as the industry standard speed for recording/mastering CD Audio...

And if possible (or supported by the software), activate the 'Error checking when copying CD Audio' (or something like that) option.

Check your CD burner as well. I mean, can the burned CD Audio be played on a home CD Player?
 

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since you have no information in your profile, I can only assume that you are not in north america, as the basic radio of that year was a combo CD/Cassette with optional trunk changer. Only the early 2002's came without CD. Sorry, I would be of no help.
i have one and still doesn;t read them. What is your next sugestion?
 

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i have one and still doesn;t read them. What is your next sugestion?
You are replying to a 12 year old thread and that original poster has not been back since. I don't have another suggestion other than the burning speeds and different brands of CD-R mentioned in this thread.
 
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