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post #1 of 2 Old 01-29-2009, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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Help with CD buring - error 4280

Last night I tried to burn an audio CD with itunes to play in my car. I put a blank cd in and pressed burn and after a minute or two an error message came up saying unknown error 4280.

I tried burning just straight from windows, like music in a file in documents, and it says it cannot format disc and cannot burn. I've tried different discs and none of them work. I've looked in my settings and it all looks like it should work.

I looked on Google and it seems that it is a reasonably common problem, but I couldn't find any solutions. Does anyone know what I could do? I'll wipe my computer if it doesn't get better, but I don't want to do that because I have like 100GB of stuff I want to keep.

I am running Vista on a Toshiba.
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post #2 of 2 Old 01-29-2009, 03:47 AM
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Morning Andi,

Which itunes version are you using?
Which CD/RW or DVDRW are you using?
Did you run itunes under Admin rights option?

Here is what I found under itunes website. Please let me know if this is not the case.

If you attempt to burn a disc in iTunes for Windows using a Sony CD-RW/DVD CRX830E model drive, you may get the following alert: The attempt to burn a disc failed. An unknown error occurred (4280)
If you get this error in iTunes and you are using a Sony CD-RW/DVD CRX830E drive, you can make a small change to one configuration file to resolve the issue.
To find out if you have a Sony CD-RW/DVD CRX830E model drive:
  1. Open iTunes.
  2. On the Help menu, click Run CD Diagnostics.
  3. Put an audio CD in your optical drive.
  4. Click OK. The results appear in a new window.
  5. Look for this text in the results:
If you see this in your results, you have a Sony CD-RW/DVD CRX830E model drive. Follow the steps below to resolve your burning issue.
  1. Quit iTunes.
  2. Locate the gcdrtype.cfg file in \Program Files\iTunes\CD Configuration
  3. Right-click the gcdrtype.cfg file and from the shortcut menu, choose Open.
  4. If you see a "Select the program from a list" option:
    1. Click "Select the program from a list."
    2. Click OK.
    3. In the list that appears, click Notepad.
    4. Click OK.
    The gcdrtype.cfg file opens.
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the document. The last or the next to last section of text should look like this:
    [AUTODETECT CD DEVICE]{RecorderType:IDE/ATAPI}<gcdrmmc.dll>
    Add this text
    to the end of the line that starts with

    Note that the text you need to add starts with a space, then a vertical bar "|" (Shift-\\), and another space. The edited line should look like this:
  6. On the File menu, click Save.
You can now burn discs in iTunes without getting that error message. This document will be updated as more information becomes available.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple's recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.

Source: Burning disc in iTunes for Windows using a Sony CD-RW/DVD CRX830E model drive fails with 4280 error

You can also try the following from the HP link

When using iTunes for Windows, resolve the Error: The attempt to burn a disc failed. An unknown error occurred (4280)

However before going through all this I would suggest to update your itunes if it hasn't been done.

If however you don't have Sony CDRW/DVDRW then I would suggest to change your burning speed from MAX to slower rate 16x or 4x. This should resolve the issue.


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