I have been burning cd's for 2 years with this computer. I was making 2 discs, it burned the first one fine, when i started the burn on the second disc, the estimated time quadrupled and i haven't been able to burn a disc since. I have used Windows Media Player, Sonic, and Nero and all 3 have the same problem. The information i am trying to copy is fine, but when I put the blank disc in, it seems to start to burn, but its going soooo slow and when it finishes the discs are not readable. I have tried everything else I can find. I have uninstalled the drive, purchased and installed a new drive, uninstalled the new drive, system restore, etc. The drive will read any cd/cdrom it just won't burn. After the supposed "burn" is completing, the blank disc looks like it's been burned but is unusable. CD player says "No Disc". Please help......Mac OH, I'm running windowsXP
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Installing different burning software should not really affect reading capabilities of the burner. Nevertheless, it is not recommended to have two burning software packages on the same computer.
You can try uninstalling the new software that was installed on your computer, the reboot the system and check if that worked. If Windows does not open the disc automatically, you can go to My Computer and access the disc by double clicking on the TDK drive.
If you continue to have the same problems, please make sure the DVD burner is connected properly to the computer.
The speed is determined by the speed of the burner for the type of writable media (disk) you are using and the speed the writable media supports. (For example: I have CD-R disks from years ago that don't write as fast as the CD-R disks I purchased recently.)
The lowest of these two speeds is the max write speed.
Greetings, Your dvd drive is not capable of burning a dual layer disc. You need to have a burner that is capable of sending the laser through to the second layer of the disc. That said you can get a DL burner for around 30 dollars. Click HERE to see one from Newegg.com. I am not sure what you mean by 'burns, flip, burn dvds.' but if you make another comment I will respond. Take Care, -WN
There might be a problem with your dvd lense of your dvd burner,sometimes it happen when the burner software dont recognise cd or dvd..also i would like to suggest you to use original burner software for burning cd dvd's...sometimes it also happen that the burning software dont burn certain types of audio or video files.for eg nero 6 dont convert .vob files to convert.
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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.
Try a different make of disc, if same uninstal and re-install burning software.
If you think the cd rom maybe has a driver problem, check this link to and try solution No.2 to try and solve.