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Try uninstalling the burner using the Device manager and letting Windows reinstall the drivers on reboot.
Right click on My Computer then Properties > Hardware > Device Manager > click on the '+' next to DVD/CD ROM drives, right click on the drive and 'uninstall'. Reboot and Windows will re-install the drive.
1. see to it that you have set your burning software to write to the disk.
2. try to use it on a cd, if it finishes the job, something is wron with your dvd drive.
3. make sure that the drive you have is really a dvddrive and not a cd drive.
4. upgrade youe burning software.
Unlikely that there is a problem with the drive itself, most likely cause is software settings - which burning software are you using? if it is nero 6 then once you click burn after arranging the files for burning, the burn info page should pop up. click on the burn tab and make sure that "determine maximum speed" is checked and that write speed is set to maximum. hopefully this should solve it, if not try setting write speed to one of the slower settings listed and see if you get a better result. Sometimes dvd drives can slow right down when you are trying to push them to go at maximum.
if you want to check what it should be able to do, try http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/87363/sony-dru820a.html
also worth trying is updating the drivers
to make sure you have the most recent version.
Another thing worth trying if you haven't already is try a different brand or type of disc - just occasionally there can be clashes with certain types and burners - if this seems to solve it, don't throw your pack of discs away, give them to someone with a different burner.
The final possibility is a power supply problem. If your PC's power supply unit has spare connectors for a drive then try a different one - possibly your supply doesn't have enough guts to run a more modern drive - take the drive out and try it in another pc with a higher power supply wattage rating.
Hope this helps :)