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external Sony dru-510a dvd writer

by dipesh parmar / August 13, 2007 7:59 PM PDT

I use an intel mac mini. Roxio Toast 8 will recognise the external sony drive, but will not recognise any of the dvd blank media i use, be it dvd-r or dvd+r. Why is this ?

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Can you clarify?
by Kees Bakker / August 13, 2007 8:26 PM PDT

- What do you mean with "recognize"?
- Can you read existing DVD's, in other words: are it only blank media that give trouble?


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Has it ever "recognized" blank
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 13, 2007 9:54 PM PDT

DVD media when used with your Intel Mac?

I'm with Kees on this, does it play regular, commercial, DVD's and CD"s


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I occasionally get a message saying...
by grimgraphix / August 13, 2007 10:28 PM PDT

... the laser failed to calibrate or some such thing (I never saved it to dig deeper). I just pop in another blank disc until I find one will burn. I usually end up with 1 disc out of 6 that won't burn.

This is using Disc Utility to burn Disc Images on an external Sony DVD burner DRX-820.

I also use Popcorn and/or Toast 6 Lite (which came with the burner) but don't recall problems with those programs.



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This is usually a sign of a failing drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 13, 2007 11:25 PM PDT

They only last a year or two. At least a new drive is cheap.

Try the usual CD/DVD lens cleaner then a new drive in that housing.


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Good to know...
by grimgraphix / August 14, 2007 7:20 AM PDT

I was not aware of such a short life span for DVD burner drives. I have a cd burner which has lasted 5 years without a hiccup. Is that aby-normal or is it just a common difference between the two types of technology?

Thanks for the tip about the drive showing wear and tear Bob.



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"It depends."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2007 6:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Good to know...

The shortest time I ran into was 6 months. It was an "easy" as to why it died so soon. The case they selected had no vents and no fans. It cooked.


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sont dvd writer
by dipesh parmar / August 16, 2007 5:02 PM PDT
In reply to: "It depends."

Figured out Toast must be at fault. I tried burning using the operating systems facility, by using the disc image on the desktop of the blank media, dropping stuff onto it and burning, all fine !

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