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DVD Burner Locks up with -R disks

by rb64 / January 16, 2006 2:36 AM PST

I have been struggling for a couple months now to get my computer to burn a DVD-R disk. The computer works fine with +R but when I try to create a -R the disk writes a little information on the disk and then the drive and computer lockup. I have tried just about everything I can think of without lick.

Drive Type - I currently have an I/O magic drive but even purchased an Pioneer. With the I/O Magic I could write +R but not -R. With the Pioneer I could not get either to work.

Windows - I was using Windows2000 but just spent the weekend upgrading to Windows XP and it has the same result.

Software - I have used many software packages including Nero, ROXIO, and Pinnacle.

Disk Types - I have tried both Teon and verbatim Disks.

I have read other forums and found others having similar situations but no smoking gun.

Ideas welcome!

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Try this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2006 3:21 AM PST

See if there is some updated firmware and my trick of recording at 1/2 (or lower) the rated drive or media speed.


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Tried it with no success...
by rb64 / January 16, 2006 4:46 AM PST
In reply to: Try this.

I checked IO Magic for the latest firmware and loaded an update already without any change in operation. Have also tried all the various speeds also without progress.

Other thoughts?

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"Don't do that."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2006 7:37 AM PST

If it isn?t the oldest bad doctor joke in history, it?s probably close: A guy goes to the doctor, moves his arm in a funky way, and says, ?Doc, it hurts when I do this.?

?Don?t do that,? the doctor inevitably answers.

Until you sort it out, stop doing that. It's likely the drive needs firmware or is failing, but you didn't supply the exact make/model of the drive. Hint: I/O Magic didn't make that drive. It's something they got in bulk and had their label put on.


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