I am unlucky when buying dvd blanks. One or two out of a 30 pack spindle will work. Is there any solution to this problem? Is my dvd burner on my laptop dirty and needs cleaning? I find it hard to believe that out 3 30 pk spindles of blank dvd'ds, only five in all worked. Need help, can someone give me feedback on this problem thanks.
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Re: Bad dvd blank discs (sony brand)
You have hit on one of the primary suspects, a dirty DVD drive. But usually your would notice skipping or hesitation when playing DVDs and possibly CDs as well. Still, never hurts to run a cleaner. I use the Scotch brand DVD/CD cleaner disk that needs no liquid but rather has the brushes. I got it at CompUSA for about $10.
You may also be experiencing a bad batch of disks if all the spindles are the same brand bought at the same time. It might also be an incompatibility between your DVD burner and the disk manufacturer. Try buying a small 5 pack of a different brand from some other place and see if your have better results.
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this may sound strange but what is the rom's you are trying to use them on as some rom's will not take 8x recording or R - or + and it will say there is no disk and ejecting the disc. and dvd disc only work with dvd drives designed for instant record. most models take data/dvd disc as it can be formated in both formats to record but dvd is just one setting that most dont have.
Try this. Switch to a very high quality blank media disc. The very best Tayio Yuden now under the JVC name. See if the same problem returns or is corrected. I personally have a high end SONY combo hard disk/dvd recorder. It gave me fits until I learned a few tricks. The first was the quality. You will be amazed how that can alter things. SuperMediaStore.com carries the blank media line. If you can't find that brand for RW discs try Sony's own brand. Does your -R or +R discs give your problems too? My second trick solves problems related to the uniform spinning of the media while recording (or playing back). Rubber parts that grip the disc for spin get glazed periodically and must be kept live and vibrant. There is only one method I found that really does the job. The rubber (usually donut shaped like a rubber washer) is found on the spindle that receives the disc to keep it gripped properly while it is spinning. If it is slipping, it usually messes up the disc permanently (during record). On play back of a recorded disc, it shows up as block noise and picture freeze. If you can decase the machine and expose this area, that's ideal. On my machine, it's not that easy. My workaround is to have the disc tray in open mode. Pull the electrical cord on the unit, then with a thin flashlight, look in past the open tray. Most probably you'll have to slide the tray in part way to see the spindle. When you locate it, make note of the rubber part that would grip the dvd disc. USE ONLY BERRYMANS LIQUID CARBURATOR CLEANER. You can buy this at automotive stores. Soak a Q-tip in the cleaner and then tape it onto the end of a very thin metal ruler. Extend the Q-tip to reach the rubber part and swab it as best you can slowly rotating the spindle to get all the way around the round rubber part. If needed, you may find that it evaporates quickly on your Q-tip and needs a second soaking to apply enough to break the glaze on the rubber. VERY VERY IMPORTANT - MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THIS. THE CARBURETOR CLEANER IS FLAMMABLE AND EXTREMELY POWERFUL. TOUCH PLASTIC PARTS WITH THIS CHEMICAL AND YOU MELT THEM. BE MOST CAREFUL THAT YOU ONLY APPLY YO THE RUBBER PARTS. If it's a glaze issue and you can get the chemical to wipe over the rubber, it should make your Q-tip blackend showing you it's working. Wait at least 5 - 10 minutes for a complete dry before you first slide your disc tray to it's home position and then plug the power cord back in. ****This chemical also does a great job revitelizing rubber wiper blades on a car. Nimsgame
No imation brand is known for problems but maxell usually work great i suggest cleaning the cd burner try compressed air can spray out the cd burner with the door open you may have dust on the laser lens...
i ran into this problem a while ago. I had to test different dvd's. I then looked on the manufacturer's website. there they stated which dvd-r, dvd-rw would work. once i tried that brand It worked fine.
1. the disc is not compatable with your drive ie its a cheap branded one so get a decent branded spindle of discs ie TDK or tayo yuden or the likes
2. The disc is blank
3. Is this only with blank dvds ( dvd-r, dvd+r, dvd-rw, dvd+rw ) ?
4, can you play or read normal cd's just not dvd's ?
I had a similiar problem when my old dvd rom drive was getting old and sometimes it would work and others it wouldnt the only other thing I can think of is to ensure the chipset drivers ie the IDE / sata drivers are up to date and also are there any firmware updates for the dvd drive ?
Also ensure if there are any jumper pins ensure they are set correctly and that the data cable and power cables are seated firmly as per the other suggestion.
WIth the prices of dvd drives now it would be easier to buy a new one and replace it.
Owing to the fact that it works with the original discs, the set is probably ok. BUT it's not very compatible with the blank discs you've purchased. You'll have to experiment with various brands until you find those that work. I find my Cyberhome deck is not only particular with some brands, but with different batches of the same brand disc. Ask some of the big box stores that sell blanks and you'll find they get a lot of returns for the same reason, they don't work in the customer's machine. Bush doesn't sound very competent in the customer support dept, so I would look to replace your Bush recorder with something more main line, and probably more expensive and compatible. Oh, and make sure you are getting the same type of disc- DVD-R and DVD+R are not the same.