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Power Calibration Area Is Full

My computer's DVD Burner has worked fine for about a year. Now my computer rarely recognizes a DVD. When it does, DVD shrink seems to work fine, but when I try to burn to a blank DVD, I get an I/O Error after it attempts to write lead-in 20 times and fails. It states the problem in my Decrypter log as "Power Calibration Area is Full". Can anyone help ?

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  • kmorey Nov 14, 2008

    I wish it was that simple; unfortunately - at the time, I had nothing in my USB jacks. I did find a temporay solution, however. I purchased an external DVD player/burner. It plays fine - my old internal burner still works great - so I am able to accomplish burning again. However, my old internal player/burner still doesn't recognize very many of my DVD's (even if they were burned on the same burner or if they are original store-bought DVDs. Thanks for trying, though.

  • kmorey Nov 14, 2008

    I forgot to mention - the new DVD player/burner is now in my USB input. No more Power calibration errors. But, as I mentioned in my previous response, my old internal player still rarely recognizes a DVD. It scans and says "no disc".

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It could be because you have far too many usb connected devices sucking the power from your system try removing a few usb connect devices and try again or buy a bigger power supply unit i reccommend at least 650 - 700 watt

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