Can burn DVD-RW, but not DVD-R

I have an external Lite-On DVD burner, model SOHW-1693SX with the latest firmware and I’ve burned quite a few DVD-Rs and DVD-RWs, until a few days ago. I mostly use Nero Express 6.6.1.4 to do my DVD burning and I was trying to burn some VOB files (TV shows that captured with a Hauppauge WIN-TV PVR-150 and edited with Ulead DVD MovieFactory 3SE) to a DVD-R and about 3 min into the burn, it failed with an Illegal disc error msg.

I thought maybe it was a problem with Nero, so I tried using Ulead to burn the same files to a DVD-R and it also failed. I thought it was the burner, so I used Nero to burn the same files to a DVD-RW and it worked. Then I think maybe it’s the Maxell DVD-Rs, so I get some Sony DVD-Rs and it fails with those. I also lowered the speed as low as I could (4X for Maxell and 6X for Sony) with no luck. I burned an Mp3 CD with Nero on the Lite-On burner and that worked. I tried burning Mp3 files to a DVD-R and it failed.

To sum up, Nero will burn DVD-RWs and CDs, but not DVD-Rs. Neither Nero or Ulead will burn either Maxell or Sony DVD-Rs. Meanwhile, prior to this problem I burned about 15 Maxell DVD-Rs with no problem. I thought maybe I was low on disk space, so I now have 20 GB free and it still fails. I tested the discs with Nero CD-DVD Speed and it reads the discs up until 1042 MB and gets a fatal error. The files I was trying to burn were 3.1 GB. When I burn it will run for about 3 min and says 2% burned when it fails. Any Ideas?

Dell Dimension 2400
Intel Pentium 4A 2.66 GHz
512 MB memory DDR SDRAM PC2700
Windows XP Home SP2

Here’s the Nero log and the Nero Info data.

Windows XP 5.1
IA32
WinAspi: -
ahead WinASPI: File ‘C:\Program Files\Ahead\Nero\Wnaspi32.dll’: Ver=2.0.1.74, size=164112 bytes, created 11/2/2004 1:54:32 PM

NT-SPTI used
Nero Version: 6.6.1.4
Internal Version: 6, 6, 1, 4d
(Nero Express)
Recorder: <LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1693S>Version: KS06 - HA 1 TA 2 - 6.6.1.4
Adapter driver: <USB 2.0> HA 1
Drive buffer : 2048kB
Bus Type : set to ATAPI (3) -> ATAPI, detected: ?
CD-ROM: <HL-DT-ST CD-ROM GCR-8483B>Version: 1.09 - HA 1 TA 0 - 6.6.1.4
Adapter driver: <IDE> HA 1

=== Scsi-Device-Map ===
DiskPeripheral : Maxtor 6Y080L0 IdeChnDr Port 0 ID 0 DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : HL-DT-ST CD-ROM GCR-8483B IdeChnDr Port 1 ID 0 DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : SONY CD-RW CRX216E IdeChnDr Port 1 ID 1 DMA: Off

=== CDRom-Device-Map ===
HL-DT-ST CD-ROM GCR-8483B D: CDRom0
SONY CD-RW CRX216E E: CDRom1
LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1693S F: CDRom2

AutoRun : 1
Excluded drive IDs:
WriteBufferSize: 83886080 (83886080) Byte
ShowDrvBufStat : 0
BUFE : 0
Physical memory : 510MB (522240kB)
Free physical memory: 131MB (135064kB)
Memory in use : 74 %
Uncached PFiles: 0x0
Use Inquiry : 1
Global Bus Type: default (0)
Check supported media : Disabled (0)

26.5.2006
UDF/ISO compilation
12:56:19 PM #1 Phase 112 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1685
DVD-Video files reallocation started

12:56:19 PM #2 Phase 114 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1685
DVD-Video files reallocation completed (no file modified)

12:56:19 PM #3 Text 0 File Isodoc.cpp, Line 6475
UDF document burn settings
------------------------------------------
Determine maximum speed : FALSE
Simulate : FALSE
Write : TRUE
Finalize CD : TRUE
Multisession : FALSE
Burning mode : DAO
Mode : 1
UDF Mode : UDF/ISO bridge
UDF Options : automatic
UDF Revision : 1.02
UDF Partition Type : physical
ISO Level : 1 (Max. of 11 = 8 + 3 char)
Character set : ISO 9660
Joliet : FALSE
Allow pathdepth more than 8 directories : FALSE
Allow more than 255 characters in path : FALSE
Write ISO9660 ;1 file extensions : TRUE

12:56:19 PM #4 Phase 111 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1685
DVD-Video files sorted

12:56:19 PM #5 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 531
ReadBuffer-Pipe got 81920KB of Memory

12:56:19 PM #6 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 124
Reader running

12:56:19 PM #7 Text 0 File Writer.cpp, Line 122
Writer LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1693S running

12:56:19 PM #8 ISO9660GEN -11 File geniso.cpp, Line 3312
First writeable address = 0 (0x00000000)

12:56:19 PM #9 ISO9660GEN -11 File geniso.cpp, Line 3312
First writeable address = 0 (0x00000000)

12:56:19 PM #10 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3305
Turn on Disc-At-Once, using DVD media

12:56:19 PM #11 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 281
Last possible write address on media: 2298495 (510:46.45, 4489MB)
Last address to be written: 1635535 (363:27.10, 3194MB)

12:56:19 PM #12 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 293
Write in overburning mode: NO (enabled: CD)

12:56:19 PM #13 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 2612
Recorder: LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1693S, Media type: DVD-R
Disc Manufacturer: RITEKG - 05
Disc Application Code: 64, Disc Physical Code: 193

12:56:19 PM #14 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 459
>>> Protocol of DlgWaitCD activities: <<<
=========================================

12:56:19 PM #15 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 847
Setup items (after recorder preparation)
0: TRM_DATA_MODE1 ()
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 1635536 (1635536) = #1635536/363:27.11
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/ required, no patch infos
-> TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 1635536 blocks [LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1693S]
--------------------------------------------------------------

12:56:19 PM #16 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 1059
Prepare recorder [LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1693S] for write in CUE-sheet-DAO
DAO infos:
==========
MCN: “”
TOCType: 0x00; Session Closed, disc fixated
Tracks 1 to 1:
1: TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048/0x00, FilePos 0 0 3349577728, ISRC “”
DAO layout:
===========
Start|Track|Idx|CtrlAdr|RecDep_____
0 | lead-in | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00
1635536 | lead-out | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00

12:56:19 PM #17 Text 0 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 38
SPTILockVolume - completed successfully for FCTL_LOCK_VOLUME

12:56:19 PM #18 Text 0 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 83
SPTIDismountVolume - completed successfully for FSCTL_DISMOUNT_VOLUME

12:56:19 PM #19 Phase 24 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1685
Caching of files started

12:56:20 PM #20 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 4145
Cache writing successful.

12:56:20 PM #21 Phase 25 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1685
Caching of files completed

12:56:20 PM #22 Phase 36 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1685
Burn process started at 4x (5,540 KB/s)

12:56:20 PM #23 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2685
Verifying disc position of item 0 (relocatable, disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #0

12:56:20 PM #24 Text 0 File DVDR.cpp, Line 2707
Recording mode: Sequential Recording Mode

12:56:20 PM #25 Text 0 File DVDR.cpp, Line 2863
Start write address at LBA 0
DVD high compatibility mode: Yes

12:56:20 PM #26 Text 0 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 8647
---- DVD Structure: Physical Format Information (00h) ----
Media Type: 0, Layer: 0, Address: 0 (0 h), AGID: 0; Length: 2050
Book Type: DVD-R (2), Part Version: 2.0x (5), Extended Part Version: 0.0 (0)
Disc Size: 120 mm, Maximum Rate: <not specified> (F h)
Number of Layers: 1, Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP), Layer Type: recordable
Linear Density: 0,267 um/bit, Track Density: 0,74 um/track
Starting Physical Sector Number of Data Area: 30000 h (DVD-ROM, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW)
End Physical Sector Number of Data Area: 26127F h
End Sector Number in Layer 0: 0 h (LBN: FFFD0000 h, 4193920 MB)
Data in Burst Cutting Area (BCA) does not exist
Start sector number of the current Border-Out: 0 h
Start sector number of the next Border-In: 0 h
Media Specific [16…63]:
00 30 01 02 04 06 00 00 - 00 08 00 00 00 00 00 00 .0…
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 - 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 - 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …

12:57:04 PM #27 Text 0 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 1200
12:57:04.515 - F: LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1693S : Queue again later

1:00:49 PM #28 SPTI -1046 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 289
F: CdRom2: SCSIStatus(x02) WinError(0) NeroError(-1046)
Sense Key: 0x02 (KEY_NOT_READY)
Sense Code: 0x30
Sense Qual: 0x05
CDB Data: 0x2A 00 00 00 05 C0 00 00 20 00 00 00
Sense Area: 0x70 00 02 00 00 00 00 0A 00 00 00 00 30 05
Buffer x06f00000: Len x10000
0x00 00 01 BA 44 00 4F 0B 0D 57 01 89 C3 F8 00 00
0x01 E0 07 EC 81 00 00 8D 5A 4B 67 4A B4 A0 A0 BB
0x7E 49 47 F9 B7 03 07 81 7C 03 B0 C6 73 C6 64 3A

1:00:49 PM #29 CDR -1046 File Writer.cpp, Line 311
Illegal disc
F: LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1693S

1:00:49 PM #30 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 228
all writers idle, stopping conversion

1:00:49 PM #31 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 222
conversion idle, stopping reader

1:00:49 PM #32 Text 0 File DVDR.cpp, Line 3103
EndDAO: Last written address was 1471

1:00:49 PM #33 Phase 38 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1685
Burn process failed at 4x (5,540 KB/s)

Existing drivers:
File ‘Drivers\ADPU160M.SYS’: Ver=v3.60a (Lab01_N(johnstra).010529-2218), size=101888 bytes, created 8/17/2001 4:07:32 PM
File ‘Drivers\PXHELP20.SYS’: Ver=2.03.18a, size=20576 bytes, created 6/18/2005 9:39:39 AM (Prassi/Veritas driver for win 2K)
File ‘Drivers\IdeBusDr.sys’: Ver=2.3.0.2160, 10/01/2002, size=13891 bytes, created 10/15/2002 12:00:00 AM (Adapter driver for src)
File ‘Drivers\IdeChnDr.sys’: Ver=2.3.0.2160, 10/01/2002, size=101431 bytes, created 10/15/2002 12:00:00 AM (Adapter driver for src)

Registry Keys:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\AllocateCDROMs : 0 (Security Option)

That happened to me once, too. Do you have Musicmatch installed? Uninstalling that solved the problem for me.

Exactly same happened to me - same software on a DELL, but I don’t have Musicmatch. Did you guys ever find a solution? Andy, UK