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Power caliberation error

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I seem to be having a problem while burning dvd,s. The error that pops up is power caliberation error. I tried writing at lower speeds but in vain. can you suggest something

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Hi there,

Try uninstalling your burning software and then re-installing it.
Try uninstalling your drive, restart, and let Windows install it.
Download and update your Chipset drivers (recommended)
Update to the latest Windows Service Pack (recommended)
Uodate the drives Firmware version and internal drivers:
http://sony.storagesupport.com/product/112#drivers

Hope this solves your problem

Regards,
Tim

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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