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Nero problem Hi helped me a few days ago with a cd burner problem. We decided it was junk so I bought a new external cdrw external drive. I hooked it up, installed "Nero" because it came with it and when I started to burn the songs...I got an error message "calibration area full". So I browsed this site and took the advice of someone to go control panel/administrative options/ and I can't remember exactly but I clicked on the CD drive and changed it to "disable". It did nothing. I was about to cry when I decided to try Ghost Mp3 Maker -- I downloaded it last week and that was among the ones that wouldn't work so I assumed it was the burner. In any event, Ghost worked and I can burn cd's. My question is: Why do you think Nero is giving me that error message? Do you think something is really wrong inside this thing? I have no knowledge of how these work...but I can follow directions well enough to figure things out if told what to do. I'm just worried that something is wrong, even though Ghost works. There must be a reason Nero isn't?! Thanks so much.... be back soon

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  • ce_lefebvre Sep 06, 2008

    Thanks so much...

    I got a cheap I/O Magic? Have you even heard of them? I got it for $65 at Staples. I know you said to get Sony but I had to get an external drive because I wouldn't know the first thing about how to get one inside of the hard drive. And that's all Staples had that wasn't tons of money. And I can't wait for things... So, I guess this is my punishment!

    The firmware update that I have says I have to copy it onto a cd and then re-boot the computer from the cd. But my cd burner wasn't working so I couldn't do anything with the file. Now I have no idea how to get the firmware for this thing. And that's another question...If this drive is brand new, why would I need to update anything? I'm sorry if I sound stupid...but that's why I'm on here asking you!

    Thanks a bunch,


  • ce_lefebvre Sep 06, 2008

    I/O Magic 20X External Double Layer DVD Drive
    Create your own DVD movies and music CDs, then view or listen to them from your computer.

    • Double Layer technology - store twice as much data (8.5GB) on single sided DVD DL media (not included)
    • MAX Double Layer speed (+R): 8X
    • Includes software to author your own home movies, and store data or music files on DVD or CD
    • USB 2.0 interface
    • Includes Buffer Underrun Technology
    • Firmware Upgradeable

  • ce_lefebvre Sep 06, 2008

    Oh no. It hit me when you explained that the media is no longer capable of being tested....

    I was using those cd's over and over last week trying to get my burner to work!

    I just found some new ones and IT WORKS. I thank you AGAIN for the help. I would never have known what that error message meant as nowhere did it explain that to me. I must have screwed up the cd's by repeatedly trying to burn on them! I had no idea it did anything to them but I guess it makes sense.

    Thanks again for saving my life. I just burned a cd in no time with NERO. This feels too good to be true.

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ce_lefebvre Sep 06, 2008

    It's great to have somebody explain why and for me to understand instead of "click on this and this and this". Yes, I can do that but I never understand what I'm doing or why!


    And I don't understand why anyone wouldn't be so thankful? I'm here tearing my hair out and you come to the rescue and save the day. I would think anyone would be grateful. I know I would be still sitting here ruining my hard drive trying repeatedly to burn when it was obviously dead!

    Thanks again and I will refer everyone I know to you if they need help. :) And God knows I'll be back!!! :)




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First of all, Thanks for coming back. " Calibration Area Full " is supposed to indicate the the media ( blank ) that you are using is no longer capable of being tested to verify that the CDwriter laser can be adjusted for power to write to that particular media. I did some research on this just a week or two ago as I have a CDburner that is giving the same indications on all the media I use at present. Now the explanation makes one believe that the media ( blanks ) is at fault, but that is not the case at all, as I can take those same blanks and put them into a different CD/DVDwriter and write all day long. So the indication of the software on the first computer, this laptop for example, is entirely misleading, even tho the same indication is used by every piece of software. i.e. all CD/DVDwriting softwares are saying the same thing. Cannot write to calibration area. What does that mean? In my case it means that my DVD/CDwriter in this laptop is defective and never was very good to begin with. I want a firmware update for it, but Sony will not provide one, so I am stuck for the time being.

Now let's get back to you, have you tried the Imgburn software that I had you get the other day? and what brand and model of DVD/CDwriter did you get. Have you checked for firmware updates for it ( very important in some cases with some media )?

Get back to me asap or when you determine what I have asked? Take care. I am patient. Be aware tho, don't believe everything the software says... Tend to trust your own instincts.

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    Ravel Lively Sep 06, 2008

    Actually I'm fairly certain I have told everyone within worldwide earshot NOT to get anything made by Sony, I personally recommend Samsung and couple of other brands, but not Sony or I/O Magic. I/O Magic has been **** for 10 years now at least.
    Firmware updates to the coding of the CD/DVDwriters allow the CD/DVD to write more capably to various older and newer blank medias creating possibly fewer indications like ' Calibration area full ' errors.
    As I stated previously that error is supposed to mean the media is defective, but in fact can be easily caused by the CD/DVDwriter itself as I explained earlier.
    I highly recommend before you buy a pig in a poke, that you take the I/O Magic unit back to the store and get a better unit. Don't let them try to talk you out of it either. The unit is not as good as it should be else you would not have had those problems. The Calibration area is designed for many thousands of test writes to verify ability of laser to accommodate itself to the media in the CD/DVD drive, so the fact that the I/O Magic can not sense this, is enough reason to take it back. Don't let the salespeople tell you different. You're the boss with your money.
    I'll be here.

  • Ravel Lively
    Ravel Lively Sep 06, 2008

    I appreciate the Fixya Colleen. If only others would be so giving, this non-paying hobby of mine would be much more satisfying.. If not for you and an extreme minority like you, I would have left this hobby behind a long time ago. It will be a pleasure for me to sense the smile on your face when you finally see the reasoning behind what I have asked you to do. It will make my day in other words.
    I'll be here young lady.

  • Ravel Lively
    Ravel Lively Sep 06, 2008

    Well good, another happy person. Just remember me next time you have an issue that is so easy to work with. Tell your friends about me too. Please have them understand tho that it takes time to research issues and that they need to create only one question per thread as my vision and frustration level leave something to be desired if I am hit with to much at one time.
    When you can get around to it, visit the manufacturer website for that unit and try to locate the firmware update for it. You may not need it now but at some later date, you may. Be aware that because you are using an external unit some actions may be a little different then are normally seen with desktop or laptop units, so keep your book handy until you fully grasp how to use it. I have never actually used an external unit myself so there would be a learning curve for me also.
    Also a good example of a FREE software that doesn't take up 50 GBs on your hard drive is Imgburn. Fast, simple, free, and provides relatively good information to help detect problems in the interface as you just dealt with.



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