I have had my drive for years and it is very picky now with blank dvds most of the time it does not even recognize that the dvd in the drive is blank. I'll put a disc in and go to burn a dvd and get the message please insert a blank dvd.
I have over a dozen dvds that are now only good for "frizbies" my burner messed up. Nero gives a write disk-9 error and so does clone DVD. Roxio I have the most success with but this last time I received this new error at 99% burn, it only had 1% left to go!!!! It stopped and said tracking servo error, I looked this up and it seems to be saying I need to realign my drive. Since I know nothing about that, and my drive is old, and may need to be replaced. (By the way cds seems to be no problem so far.)
I was wondering if I could repair this or replace the drive it self with a new internal drive in the old external dvd case maybe?
I haven't much money or experience and would like the easiest and cheapest way for me, buying a whole new external dvd drive right now is too pricey for me.
Hi, have you tried one of those cleaning disks for DVD drives? It might help to clean the laser lens and not to be so picky, otherwise like all lens based drives it needs to be changed in some time anyway. Robert
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Basically the read-write head is out of alignment. These drift out with use. Unfortunetly they are not economical to repair these days and just need to be replaced. Usually you find a commercial dvd might work for a while but eventually that on't but a cd will. If you have any commercial cd's pop one inand see. The dvd requires much more accuracy but the cd is quite coarse so it works longer. Eventually it too will stop working. At this point you have two choices, get the dvd drive replaced with a apple configurred drive or just use a external dvd or even blueray external usb drive. Those will be much cheaper and won't require any downtime or tech fees.
I don't have a solution but I am having the same problem (same model DMR-E80H). It will read finalized dvds but won't recognize or play blank or non-finalized dvds. About a year ago I had to replace the hard drive . . . I'm just assuming that the dvd recorder is just slowly breaking down and will need some kind of repair of certain components. (I think we bought it new in 2003/2004?)
Mine seems to have died at the same time as yours--maybe 6 years is all we get. Mine says "no read" on the face for any recorded or blank DVDs. It won't even accept a DVD cleaner. No good info. out there on any websites that I could find.
PowerBook G4 is at least a five-year-old machine at this point. A DVD drive can **** in lots of dust in five years. Try hooking up to an external DVD drive. If it plays the same discs with no problem, you need a cleaning or replacement. Frankly, an external DVD drive is cheaper than replacing your internal drive.
Are you loading to play or to record? Commercial DVDs should play. DVDs for recording may not be recognized by your drive. First make sure that the disc is blank. You must insert a blank disc of the proper format: DVD-R or RW, DVD+R or RW. Even with the proper format, some brands may not behave the same way as other brands.
Either the drive is bad or your using the wrong type of blank dvds.Try using DVD-R or DVD-RW for betters chances of success.Sometimes some of the new DVDs are bad.Make sure you try a couple different ones even from a new pack of DVDs.