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How To Write or Burn Drivers as an ISO Image to CD or DVD?

November 19th, 2010 No comments

From Wikipedia, an ISO image is an archive file (also known as a disc image) of an optical disc (CD/DVD) in a format defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This format is supported by many software vendors. ISO image files typically have a file extension of .ISO.

They may also have an extension of .IMG or .NRG (Nero’s proprietary disc image format). ISO files are actual mirror images or ghost images of complete CDs or DVDs. ISO images can be written or burned on to discs, using many disc writing/recording programs like Nero, Roxio’s Easy CD Creator, etc.

When you download a file with an extension of .ISO or .IMG, and double click on it to open, if you don’t have a disc image writing program like the ones mentioned above, Windows shows a dialogue box, asking you to choose a program to use for writing/burning the image file.

Windows cannot open this file
Windows cannot open this file

To use the programs contained in the ISO file, you have to write or burn it on to a CD or a DVD (depending on the size of the ISO file). If you don’t have a disc writing program like Nero or Easy CD Creator, download and install a free program like ImgBurn. It’s completely free to use.

Writing or burning an ISO image file to disc is a little bit different than writing or burning normal data files. But you only have to click the right button in the program to do this for you. You don’t have to worry about how the program works. Examples of ISO files are operating system downloads, like the many Linux distros, and any other bootable discs like the Kaspersky Antivirus Rescue CD ISO.

How to burn .ISO or .IMG files with ImgBurn?

Below, you can find detailed instructions, how to download, install and use the Imgburn program to burn ISO image files to a blank disc.

1. Download the free ImgBurn program for burning ISO image files, from here. After downloading it, double-click to run it. You’ll get the Windows’ Open File Security Warning dialogue box. Click on Run.

Download free ImgBurn
Download free ImgBurn

2. The ImgBurn setup Wizard starts. Click Next.

ImgBurn setup Wizard

ImgBurn Setup Wizard

3. Click the “I accept …” checkbox on the License Agreement page and click Next.

Accept License Agreement
Accept License Agreement

4. Click Next to accept the default type of install.

Click Next to accept the default options

Click Next to accept the default options

5. Click Next to accept the default install location.

Click Next to accept the default install location
Click Next to accept the default install location

6. Click Next for the default start menu folder.

Click Next for the default start menu folder
Click Next for the default start menu folder

7. Click Finish to complete the installation and run ImgBurn.

Complete the installation and run ImgBurn
Complete the installation and run ImgBurn

8. This is the how the ImgBurn program looks. You may close the ImgBurn log, but it’s nice to leave it open, since it gives details of what the program is doing. Click the “Write image file to disc” button.

Write image file to disc

9. On the next screen, select the ISO file, which you want to burn, using the folder button near the top. You can uncheck the Verify check box. If you want to burn more than one disc, you can select the number of copies on the right. Then click on the big Write button (the green colored play button) to write the image to disc.

Click the Write button

Click the Write button

10. ImgBurn starts writing the image file to disc and shows the progress bars as seen below. It also gives some status messages about the write operation, in the log below. If you want to eject the disc after writing, you can select the checkbox labeled “Eject tray”. There are other options which you may want to select on the following screen.

Disc Write progress

Disc Write progress

11. After the disc writing is complete, ImgBurn gives an “Operation Completed Successfully” message and if you have working sound and speakers, music will be heard for a few seconds.

Operation Completed Successfully
Operation Completed Successfully

12. The ISO file is written to the disc and you can check the disc. You may need to eject the disc before you can see its contents.

There’s another method to burn ISO files to disc, detailed below.

Using ISO Recorder powertoy to burn ISO files to disc.

ISO Recorder is a free Windows tool using which, you can write or burn ISO image files to CDs/DVDs, using a simple right click on the ISO file in My Computer or Windows Explorer. Just like you write files to a disc, right from within Windows Explorer, you can do the same for ISO files.

To download this tool or for more information, visit the author’s Web page.

After you have downloaded ISO Recorder from the above page, here are the steps to install it:

1. Open the folder where you downloaded ISO Recorder and double-click it to install.

Download ISO Recorder Power Toy
Download ISO Recorder Power Toy

2. ISO Recorder Setup Wizard runs as shown. Click the Next button.

ISO Recorder Setup Wizard
ISO Recorder Setup Wizard

3. Click the radio button labeled, “I Agree” and then click Next.

Accept License Agreement
Accept License Agreement

4. Select “Everyone”, if you want to install it for all user accounts on your computer. If you are the only user, just click Next.

Select Installation Folder
Select Installation Folder

5. Confirm the installation and click Next to begin installation. Then, click the Close button.

Steps to create a CD after you have installed ISO Recorder

  1. Insert a blank CD or DVD in your CD-RW or DVD-RW drive.
  2. Open the folder containing the ISO file in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
  3. Right-click the downloaded ISO file and click Copy image to CD, to open ISO Recorder.
    Copy ISO Image to CD
    Copy ISO Image to CD

4. This opens the ISO Recorder Wizard. Since you already selected the ISO file by right-clicking it, the path to the file is displayed in the “Image file” box. If you want to select a different ISO file, you can do so by using the “” button. Click Next to write the ISO file to the CD/DVD.

CD Recording Wizard
CD Recording Wizard

5. The CD Recording Wizard shows a progress bar and when it is finished, after a few seconds, the CD ejects. Click Finish, and you’re done. You may re-insert the CD back into the drive, to check its contents.

CD Recording Progress
CD Recording Progress

This tool is only able to write or burn .ISO files but you may be able to burn .IMG files by changing their extension to .ISO, before burning them. You can also copy CD to CD instead of burning an ISO file to a CD.

Help: The Sound on my Computer is not Working

April 21st, 2010 4 comments

The Sound on my computer is not working. What should I do?


I can’t hear any sounds from the speakers or play any music on my computer. What is the problem?

There can be more than one reason, why the computer can’t play any sounds. These are discussed below.

If you have a desktop computer, it may or may not have a separate sound card. But in case of laptops, the sound card is integrated into the motherboard and cannot be removed, so some of the solutions may not apply to laptops.  Also, laptops come with built-in speakers, so the external speakers and cabling problems may not apply here, unless you use external speakers or headphones.

So, where do you start, when you can’t hear any sounds from your computer? Try the steps given below, one by one.

1. Reboot the computer

Before we start with the solutions, did you try the simplest solution first? Rebooting or restarting the computer is the simplest solution and should be tried first. If you didn’t already reboot, try it now. The sounds may just work after a reboot.

2. Enable the System Sounds

Can you hear the Windows startup sounds from the computer? If you can hear the Windows startup and shutdown sounds, the sound card is working fine. If you can’t hear any startup sounds, enable the System Sounds from the Control Panel, if they are disabled.

Enable System Sounds. (Click for a larger image)

If you aren’t able to enable the system sounds and they are grayed out, you may need to reinstall the sound driver.

3. Is the problem only with an audio CD?

Are you trying to play an audio CD, and not getting any sound? If you can hear the System Sounds, but can’t hear anything from the audio CD, even though your audio player software shows that it’s playing the disc, the problem is most likely with the digital cable (see image 1 below) that goes from the CD/DVD drive to the sound card (image 2 below) (or to the motherboard).

One side of this cable goes into the back of the CD/DVD drive and the other goes into the sound card or on to the motherboard (in case of motherboards with built-in sound).

CD_DVD_Digital_Audio_Cable   CD_DVD_Connectors
Digital Audio Cable                IDE CD/DVD Connectors

4. Are the speakers properly connected?

Are the speakers connected to the proper sound port / jack, at the back of the computer? Are they powered ON? External speakers generally have a separate power adapter, which plugs into the wall socket or any other power source. Is the speaker volume control, set to a comfortable level? If not, turn it to the middle position.

If in doubt, test your speakers by connecting them to another sound device like CD/DVD player or a radio/tape player, or any sound source. If you can hear sounds from the speakers, they are fine.

Check that the speaker pin is connected to the green jack at the back of the computer.

Sound Card Jacks

Also, check that the sound (check speaker icon in the system tray) isn’t muted. Such a simple thing, which can happen accidentally, can confuse some people when they can’t hear sounds from their computers. This can get overlooked because the speaker icon may be lost between many other icons.  Click it and un-mute the sound, if it’s muted.

Note: If you can’t see the speaker icon in the system tray, you may need to enable it from the Control Panel. From the Control Panel, double-click "Sound and Audio Devices" and check the box that says "Place volume icon in the taskbar" and click OK.

Add volume Icon to Taskbar

5. Test with a pair of headphones

Try plugging in a pair of headphones in place of the speakers, to check whether you can hear anything. Play a song or music CD or any sound file, which you may have on the computer. If you don’t have one handy, you can run a command to test your sound:

Click the Start button, and then click Run (or Search, in Windows 7 / Vista). Type the following command and then press the Enter key:


DirectX Diagnostic Tool

If you can’t see the name of the sound driver, or aren’t able to hear the sound by using the ‘Test DirectSound’ button, or you get an error, the problem may be with the sound driver. Reinstall the sound driver.

6. Try doing a System Restore

If the sound worked sometime ago and now it isn’t working for some reason, the simplest solution for re-installing the sound driver is to do a System Restore. Restore the system to a date that you know, when your sound worked. Check out the following links for a YouTube video and short tutorials on System Restore.

Note: Current documents, files and e-mails are not affected by System Restore. If you get an error like “Restoration Incomplete. Your computer cannot be restored", undo the last action by selecting “Undo my last restoration”. If you restored the system recently, the “Undo my last restoration” option is displayed in the System Restore list. You can use it to undo your most recent restore. This option is available only after you do a restore.

Here’s a YouTube video on how to restore a system with System Restore.

For more information about System Restore, visit the following link:

Sytem Restore FAQ

For Windows 7 or Vista:

7. Manually, diagnose the sound driver

If System Restore didn’t help or you get a message that System Restore couldn’t be completed, try the following:

Start the Device Manager (Start -> Run -> devmgmt.msc and hit the Enter key).  In Device Manager, Click the + sign next to "Sound, video and game controllers". See that the sound driver that you noted from dxdiag above, is listed.

Double-click this sound driver. Device Manager should give a status message that the driver is working fine. If the driver isn’t there or if it shows a yellow exclamation mark, shows under other devices, or gives any other kind of status message, or there’s no sound driver at all, reinstall the driver. In any case, it doesn’t harm to reinstall the sound driver.

From this sound driver properties page, you may also click the Troubleshoot button, to open the Sound Troubleshooter in the Windows Help and Support Center.

Sound Troubleshooter in the Windows Help and Support Center

You can also visit the following link about tips for fixing common sound problems:

8. Enable/disable the built-in sound support in the BIOS

If your motherboard has built-in sound support, make sure that it’s enabled in the System BIOS/CMOS. However, if you have a separate sound card, and your motherboard’s built-in sound is also enabled in the BIOS/CMOS, there can be a conflict between the two sound cards. In this case, disable the built-in sound support from the BIOS/CMOS, if it’s not already disabled.

Enable/disable the built-in sound support in BIOS

Here’s a video on how to enter the System BIOS/CMOS:

And here’s another one:

Here’s a three-part video about everything you would want to know about the System BIOS/CMOS settings:

9. Reinstall Windows

If your motherboard’s built-in sound isn’t working, even after re-installing the sound driver, doing a System Restore, you can try reinstalling Windows.

Here are some YouTube videos about how to re-install Windows:

For installing/reinstalling Windows XP:

For installing/reinstalling Windows Vista:

If you have to re-install Windows, you may want to backup any critical data files on to CD/DVD discs or USB flash drives/portable hard drives, before starting the installation. Click here to search for prices on flash drives and here for portable (external) hard drives.

10. Add a separate sound card

If your motherboard’s built-in sound isn’t working, even after re-installing the sound driver, doing a System Restore and re-installing Windows, you need to add a separate sound card. The easy option for non-technical people is to get a USB sound card. Such a card is also helpful, if your motherboard has no free expansion slots for an add-on sound card.

What are USB Sound Cards? USB sound "cards" are actually external boxes that plug into the computer via USB. The sound is produced in the software which runs on the  computer. These boxes only provide for connectivity from the pc via the USB bus to an external device like a microphone or line in/out connector. It’s more appropriate to call them as audio interfaces.

USB Sound Card / Audio Interface

Click here to search for prices on Sound Cards.

11. Update the sound driver

Here’s an easy way to download and install/update your sound card driver.

12. Inspect the sound card

If updating the drivers didn’t help and if you have a separate sound card (not a built-in one on the motherboard), it’s possible that the drivers are correctly installed, but the sound card was displaced a little bit from its slot. This may be because there’s no screw holding it, or the card’s face plate misaligned with the computer case, which caused a loose contact between the card and the slot.

If you suspect this, you should power the computer off, unplug the power cord from the wall outlet, open up the computer and pull out the card. Then, re-insert it firmly into the slot or insert it into another slot, if you have another one free. Make sure to tighten the screw, which fixes the card to the case, and put one there, if it’s missing. Here’s a YouTube video about installing a sound card.

13. Test the sound card with a Linux Live CD distro

If none of the above methods worked, power off, unplug and open up the computer. Then, pull out your sound card and test it in another computer.

You can also download and boot from an Ubuntu Linux disc (about 700 MB), or the very light DamnSmallLinux (50 MB only), just to test the card, in case you can’t test your card in another computer.

You’d need to burn the ISO file with the “burn image to disc” option, in your CD writing software. To know more, how to burn ISO files, visit this post.

14. Downgrade to Vista or XP, if using Windows 7

If you tested your sound card and it worked with another system, and you have Windows 7 on your computer, it’s most likely that Windows 7 doesn’t support your sound card yet. Here, you have two options – downgrade to Windows Vista or XP, or get a sound card which is supported by Windows 7.

Here’s a list of Windows 7 supported sound cards from Microsoft.

This page lists Windows 7 compatible hardware and software.

Check the compatibility status of your software and devices, here.

If the card didn’t work even with another system, try

another sound card.

15. Test by using a different USB port

If the card is a USB sound card, try connecting it to a different USB port, especially the ones at the back of the computer, if you tried only the front USB ports. If you can’t get the card to work, try it on another computer. If it works on the other computer, the problem may be with the USB ports on your computer.

Test your USB ports by connecting other USB devices. You may also try removing the USB drivers from the Device manager and let Windows re-install them upon reboot. If  your computer doesn’t recognize any USB device, try the solutions in Troubleshooting USB connections”.

16. More information

For more information, visit the following links:

Here’s a video about troubleshooting sound issues. If you can’t hear any sound on your computer, you should watch it on some other computer where sound works, so you can hear the guy.