DVD Write Failure
Iâ€™m at wits end trying to figure out why my system is generating write errors whenever I try to burn a DVD with video or data. Iâ€™m going to do a clean install to start over. I am very interested in any ideas that may prevent the same DVD write errors from occurring again. It seems as though Iâ€™m encountering some sort of issue w/ a controller or driver, as Iâ€™ve tried a variety of things that would seem to eliminate the writer and media. Itâ€™s a homebuilt system with:
Asus M2A-VM mobo w/ ATI SB600 SATA Controller
AMD 64 X2 Athlon5000+ CPU
2 x 2 GB Crucial DDR2 unbuffered 800 MHZ RAM
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 500 GB HD- To be replaced w/ a WD Caviar Black
eVGA GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB PCI-e video card
I've tried 3, count â€˜em three different DVD drives:
- Lite-on iHAS220-08 SATA DVD 20x +/-R
- Samsung SH-S223F SATA DVD 20x +/-R
- LG GH22LP20 IDE 22x DVD+/-R
Windows XP Media Center Ed. (5.1.2600 SP 3 Build 2600)
Iâ€™ve been using Nero 6.6 ultra for my burning software which has worked flawlessly in 2 previous systems (Dell Dimension 8300, Gateway GT5252). Iâ€™ve also tried Roxio Easy media Creator 9, but had uninstalled that app. It didnâ€™t work either, and crashed my OS several times (Garbageware!!). I tried Roxio because I thought maybe the newer software would be more compatible w/ the newer drives and mobo than on my older systems. I tried writing a data DVD from Nero & Windows XPâ€™s built-in writing app without success. Iâ€™ve tried DVD media from TDK, Memorex, and Verbatim. Each of the drives was able to burn music CDâ€™s via iTunes. The Lite-On and Samsung drives would successfully copy a DVD about 5% of the time. I think that was before my encounter w/ the Roxio creator garbageware. After trying the Roxio app I was unable to make any DVDâ€™s
Each of the three drives and the Nero software was able to make copies of DVDâ€™s from our camcorder or our Tivo/DVD burner without and â€œburnâ€ the video to a hard drive folder. Any attempt to output to a DVD disc results in a write error would happen when the video / data has been processed and the DVD writing is being initialized by the optical drive.
In many hours spent searching the web for a fix to this issue Iâ€™ve noticed a couple of potential causes:
*Lack of an AHCI driver might lead to malfunction of SATA drives.
The mobo has been operating in IDE mode. I had no issues installing the OS using the Lite-on SATA DVD drive, and a SATA HDD. Itâ€™s operated very well in IDE mode. The DVD write errors are the only consistent problem Iâ€™ve had. The AHCI driver did come on the DVD that shipped w/ my mobo, but I only discovered it after the install of Windows. The mobo documentation doesnâ€™t really mention why youâ€™d need the driver, just that it is there. Iâ€™ve been able to create an XP install CD w/ the driver slipstreamed in for the new install. Iâ€™m planning to install the driver on the new install though based on my experience I couldnâ€™t say if this is really the cause of the problem. Iâ€™m not really sure that I need it.
*Connecting the DVD to an incorrect SATA port.
Iâ€™m not sure what SATA port I had the DVD connected to, but Iâ€™ve seen a suggestion another forum that for my mobo it should be connected to SATA 3 or 4. Two ports on my mobo are red (SATA 3 & 1), which I think are for use in a RAID array, but I canâ€™t seem to find any thing in the documentation that specifically states the reason for the color coding of the ports.
Those are the only potential causes Iâ€™ve come up with in hours of searching forums and google searches over a couple of months. Iâ€™ll be doing a clean install no matter what b/c my HDD is currently inaccessible due to a Seagate firmware bug. Iâ€™m shipping it off to their data recovery service a free try at forcing the firmware update, as their bootable CD fix posted online didnâ€™t work. My second bad experience recently w/ a Seagate drive Iâ€™m switching manufacturers this time.
Iâ€™d appreciate any thoughts on the cause of this issue, so that I can avoid it in the next incarnation of this system.
PS â€“ anyone need a boxful of silver coasters???