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DVD burner will play but not burn

I recently built my first computer and everything was smooth. Now I'm having problems with my DVD burner. I have a brand new Lite On LH-20A1S model drive. Before this one I had a brand new LG GSA-H62NK. Both drives will read and play dvds but won't burn them. I also have a DVD CD/RW drive that works perfectly plays dvds and music and burns music. The two drives that I'm having trouble with are both SATA while the other drive that works is a IDE drive. I'm thinking that may have something to do with the problem but I can't find anything in the BIOS that looks like it would have an effect.

When I attempt to burn a DVD with Nero 7 or 8 "tried both" the process starts and it will stay on 1% for about 15 minutes then it comes up and says

generating high compatibility borders
successful generating high compatibility borders

then it says burn process failed at 18x.

I'm running Windows XP Pro SP2, AMD Athlon 4000+ Processor 2.41 Ghz, 1GB ram, DFI nF4 Ultra-D MoBo.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.

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  • touqeer Dec 02, 2007

    i am not able to copy movies

  • Anonymous May 09, 2008

    SONY DVD Burn process faild at 18x (24930KB/s) im using XP

  • squatking666 Aug 04, 2008

    i have a usb toshiba cd\dvd burner i can burn cd's view dvd but can no longer burn dvds it all worked a week ago no new software installed.

  • Anonymous Aug 06, 2008

    DVD will play but not burn or copy. I've tried both NERO and SONIC with no luck.

  • scott gregory
    scott gregory Sep 16, 2008

    I have a DVD BURNER Hewlett Packard. It will burn cd's ok & play dvds ok l but when i go to burn to DVD it only goes to 1% some times it will go higher e.g 37% But freeze before burn completes. What is the best way to resolve this problem and what could be the cause of this problem

    Kind regards


  • jvidro584 Feb 05, 2009

    I have a Matshita UJ-850D Internal DVD drive as well as a LG External DVD drive both will play CD/DVD record only CD have tried uninstalling and re-installing drivers but it didn't work. Any other suggestions would be appreciated



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In device manager... remove ide controllers.. all of them.
reboot an it reinstalls automatic then retry..
also make sure burner is master on ide and reader is slave... if not try burner by itself as master and see what happens. there was a bug of xp and intel sata sometimes writing then it was blank.. slaved burner on secondary when sata present or something to that point.

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Try this... i hope this one works...

1. Go to registry
2. Link: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINES/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/Class/{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
3. Check if there is LowerFilters
4. If there is none, create a Multi String Value and name it "LowerFilters"
5. Right click on it then choose "Modify"
6. Put in "PxHelp20"
7. Close the registry and restart the computer

Please Let Me Know If It Helped Otherwise I Will Try To Look For Some More Information To Help You...
or E-Mail Me...
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