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Is it Nero, or my DVD burner?

by xristos4 / May 25, 2005 4:11 AM PDT

Hello everyone.
I have a NEC 1300ND dvd writer and for the past 2 months i cant seem to make it write dvds! I am using Nero for software. Everything goes well until up to 17% (more or less) when it stops writing. The pc really slows down and does not respond, so i must reset it. The interesting part is, when i open the dvd later, everything is on! Also, when i use the windows CD recording utility on the drive instead Nero, it writes the CD just fine; but DVDs cannot be written like this.
I tried different DVD media but nothing; I fixed the ASPI, but again nothing.

Is Nero the problem here; does it have any compatibility problems? Or is the laser dead and i should buy a new DVD burner?
Any advice would be very helpful. Thanks.

PS: My OS is windows XP service pack 2, 512MB RAM, and i used the latest firmware from NEC.

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3 things.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 25, 2005 5:48 AM PDT

Remove the case cover to sniff out if it's heat related.

Reduce the record speed to at least 1/2 the rated speed of the media.



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done that
by xristos4 / May 25, 2005 11:36 PM PDT
In reply to: 3 things.

well, R. Profitt, i tried cdburnerxp and it stopped at 26% (well, at least it passed the 17% mark). And Oil_Tan, i have the latest nero.
i played a little with the settings of nero (joliet, iso1, book type etc) but it still stops responding at a point, and i have to reset the pc. i guess, the dvd laser is dead, isnt it?
thanks for the replies.

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a little more
by Oil_Tan / May 25, 2005 6:41 AM PDT

light weight power supply can be the culprit
get neros latest,

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Try Running Disk Clean up before next burn....
by billzhills / May 26, 2005 3:38 AM PDT

DVDs create large Temp files for buffering.
You may have reached the Temp File size limit.


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nope...NEC 3540A vs Plextor PX-708A
by xristos4 / May 26, 2005 8:45 AM PDT

didnt help either bill, thanks anyway.
i ve decided to go ahead and buy a new burner. so i am between the NEC 3540A and the Plextor PX-708A. What would you guys suggest?

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Go with Plextor
by littlegeneral / May 26, 2005 10:30 AM PDT

I currently have Plextor PX712 and its great. I have had no problems burning dvds. I would recommend that you don't run a lot of programs while burning a DVD and i would only have Nero up. I had one problem with burning a CD at 48X (which is my max) and i recieved a burn error from Nero. I was surfing the internet and downloading music at the sametime. Your problem could be your DVD's Buffer zone.

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Low Harddrive space?
by Oil_Tan / May 26, 2005 11:09 AM PDT

Low free space?
Data source is slower then burner.

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you think its because i have 2 drives?
by xristos4 / May 26, 2005 6:56 PM PDT
In reply to: Low Harddrive space?

well oil_tan, i do have two hard drives installed, and i save everything on my second one, not the system drive. but i didnt have any problem with that before...anyway its a good thought this one, so i will try putting the data i want to burn on my C drive before going to spend any money.

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not because of 2 drives.
by xristos4 / May 26, 2005 11:46 PM PDT

i tried copying the data to my C drive and then burn the dvd, but again it crashed.

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No crash details?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 26, 2005 11:54 PM PDT

There is so little to work with in your last post.

But what happens when you replace the (maybe) failing drive?


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by xristos4 / May 27, 2005 2:05 AM PDT
In reply to: No crash details?

i am not replacing the drive bob, i have two hard drives in my pc: C(40GB) is for windows and programmes and D(80GB) where i store everything. they are both internal.
The data i want to burn were on D. Then i saw the two previous answers and i thought well, i will copy the data on my C drive, do a CleanDisk and try again. Suprisingly, it burned upto 55% this time, but again stopped.
It is frustrating sometimes, isnt it?
Thank you all guys.

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I was writing about the previous posting.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2005 2:42 AM PDT
In reply to: well...

The crash details was absent. And this time you noted it stopped rather than crash.

I really am trying to dig out a clue.

Why not swap in a new drive and see if it cures it?


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