Guess I don't understand. You nudge your case rather harshly many times? Why would anybody do that and be surprised when something fails?
Maybe the real problem was poor quality CD media, or a burner with firmware issues, or BurnProof wasn't enabled and the machine couldn't keep up with the data stream (possibly because DMA wasn't configured for the controller).
Don't get me wrong: I still have occasional maintenance jobs that require a floppy, but would much rather use CD/flash.
You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.