Question about HP dvd740i DVD±RW Dual Layer Burner
I prompt itunes to burn a playlist onto a disc & it prompts me to insert a blank disc. I insert a blank disc (memorex cd-r & memorex lightscribe) & the green light flashes on the drive then stops. Itunes then prompts me to insert a blank disc even though the blank disc has been inserted. I've used memorex without a problem before (cd-r & lightscribe); I even just recently burned 2 memorex cd's although it had taken me all day because of the same issue described. I've downloaded firmware for the hp dvd 740b, software for lightscribe, & updated itunes. I'm still having a problem. I read that maybe sonic is conflicting with another burning software which I also have installed on my comp. but what does that have to do with the drive reading blank discs. Can someone help?
NO PC stated dang. laptop or desk?
internal DVD drive or external HP solds all 3.
NO OS stated. windows? Windows what>?????
no real DVD partnumber stated only the usless
front bezel number 740.
if yours is marked 2001,, its going to be a big problem. 9 years past HP support.
and all old drive are weak now or scratched optics.
and drives that old were even full of bugs then
(we an link you to 10,000 pages showing that)
why not upgrade it.?
get a new drive and new fresher OS.
and a nice new blu-ray burner.
and move on.
or if this rig (PC)
is 2001 why not go to GOODWILL
and buy a 2010 PC< for like $25
and i bet it works 10x better.
Posted on Mar 18, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The semaphore timeout period has expired refers to the fact that the driver is no longer communicating with the device and failed. Each time a CD Burner is setup for a CD Burning session the burner hardware will perform a 15 step power test to determine the OPC for a Blank Media Disc, OPC meaning Optimum Power Calibration. This test also takes place during the CD Burning process so the CD Burner can determine the best burn speed and method for the disc; this test is called 'Running Optimum Power Calibration'. Although the test is performed by the hardware of the CD Burner, the device initializes the CD Burning Software for the test to take place. This is one reason why your software may report the "Power Calibration Error" or ?Calibration Error Full?. With Power Calibration errors they can be caused by different factors and sometimes difficult to locate, especially if the errors are at random. Below are the known factors that will cause the Power Calibration Errors and how to check each factor, it is important that each point is considered if wanting to get to the bottom of the error. Power Calibration Errors can occur when OPC or ROPC tests for the media disc so the condition of the disc, brand of disc and even the firmware for the CD Burner can be the cause for the errors occurring. A device such as a CD Burners can have different problems if there is a power consumption issue with the system and the Power Calibration Error is just one of those problems. If using either an internal or external CD Burner make sure to disconnect all other devices, except the hard drive and Burner, before attempting to burn a disc. Double check all cables for any faults and if possible test with a 2nd Data Cable. It is also advisable to disconnect the power connection for the CD Burner and test with a spare connector. If you have no trouble with other discs, use them and put to one side the lightscribe, other than that try the burner in another pc or with other burning software, as you can see it's quite ridiculous what problems burners can create.
Posted on Jun 13, 2007
SOURCE: HP dvd 740b dvd burning issues
You might try the fitmware upgrade at http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=US&swItem=pv-42566-1.
Posted on Nov 25, 2007
Don't wanna sound like a Doomsayer but I think it has burned its last burn...
Try to clean it first, if it still doesn't work, then it is time for a new one.
Had a similar experience and we found out that the drive had conked out.
Posted on Feb 05, 2008
I've had the same problem, but due to my video configuration I don't get a display until after I load Windows and this fix requires a bootable floppy or usb drive, so I haven't actually tried it yet. This link gets you the download for the firmware update to the optical drive, and I think it will create a bootable floppy or flash drive when you run the app. There's a 'View Directions' link right above the link to the downloadable file and the app itself instructs you on screen I believe. If this is too much then the other option of course it to replace the drive. Good luck!
Posted on Aug 08, 2009
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