I have not introduced myself yet, but for this post just assume my 20 years of computer experience is taken into consideration.
Recently I have been plagued with DVD burning issues. Specifically the issues are the " Power Calibration Error " and unable to erase RW disks.
I have 3 burners on my system and all are experiencing the same issue. 1 is PATA, 1 is SATA and one is USB. Samsung, Pioneer, and LG in that order.
I recently took apart both of my internal drives to clean them out because using a qtip and compressed air did not fix the problems. Well I found my problem. Apparently the CAT litter over the last year has been creating layers of dust so fine that it took force to remove. I cleaned the lens several times before I was sure it was clean. This dust does not remove easily, and I donâ€™t know what the litter is made from but itâ€™s almost like the humidity in the air turned the cat litter dust into cement. The drive was caked with this stuff. Not only was there dust in the drive but on closer inspection there was this dust/powder on every DVD in my COVERED stacks.
I also have a DVD Recorder in my home entertainment system that will still write on new DVD -r but will no longer record on -RAM, -DL, +R disks.
So after months of searching this forum and Google for a fix to my â€œ Power Calibration Error â€œ It was my stupid catâ€™s toilet located in the OTHER room.( 4 cats 3 litter boxes.)
I donâ€™t know how I am going to prevent this happening in the future short giving the cats the hard boot. I was able to burn about 5 DVDs after cleaning the drive but it failed again about a week later. Recently I have replaced my home furnace filter with a higher grade filter and that has cut down on the normal dust issues in my house but the cat litter dust is still a problem. I tried low dust cat litter but that actually was worse because the dust is still there but it is just smaller (finer particles).
BTW, I hate cats but my wife had them before we got married.
Maybe my issue is unique and irrelevant but I wanted to share my findings, because I see so many people with this issue maybe some of them have cats.