DVD Drive won't burn DVD's

Hey guys, sorry if this isn’t the correct place to post this, but im new here.

So here’s the problem…

I recently bought a Freecom External DVD+/-RW Recorder LS.

My computer fits the requirements for this drive, but the thing is: it will read everything, play any dvd, will burn audio cd’s, data cd’s even if kinda slow but won’t burn DVD-R’s. I tried different brands so i guess thats not the problem. Nero always gives the same error ‘drive not ready’ and the process freezes @ 1% after a while ill get the error. Here’s the log:

NT-SPTI used
Nero Version: 7.10.1.0
Internal Version: 7, 10, 1, 0
(Nero Express)
Recorder: <FREECOM_ DVD+/-RW20J9> Version: LF51 - HA 1 TA 2 - 7.10.1.0
Adapter driver: <USB 1.0> HA 1
Drive buffer : 2048kB
Bus Type : via Inquiry data (1) -> ATAPI, detected: ?
Connected to MMC as unknown drive with class-nr : 1
Drive is autodetected - recorder class: Std. MMC recorder
CD-ROM: <ASUS CD-S520/A >Version: 1.7L - HA 1 TA 0 - 7.10.1.0
Adapter driver: <IDE> HA 1

=== Scsi-Device-Map ===
DiskPeripheral : IC35L040AVVA07-0 atapi Port 0 ID 0 DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : ASUS CD-S520/A atapi Port 1 ID 0 DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : SAMSUNG CD-R/RW SW-240B atapi Port 1 ID 1 DMA: On

=== CDRom-Device-Map ===
ASUS CD-S520/A D: CdRom0
SAMSUNG CD-R/RW SW-240B E: CdRom1
FREECOM_ DVD+/-RW20J9 F: CdRom2

AutoRun : 1
Excluded drive IDs:
WriteBufferSize: 53477376 (0) Byte
BUFE : 0
Physical memory : 351MB (359968kB)
Free physical memory: 139MB (142688kB)
Memory in use : 60 %
Uncached PFiles: 0x0
Use Inquiry : 1
Global Bus Type: default (0)
Check supported media : Disabled (0)

14.9.2007
ISO compilation
20:31:30 #1 Text 0 File SCSIPTICommands.cpp, Line 424
LockMCN - completed sucessfully for IOCTL_STORAGE_MCN_CONTROL

20:31:31 #2 Text 0 File Isodoc.cpp, Line 6666
Iso document burn settings
------------------------------------------
Determine maximum speed : FALSE
Simulate : FALSE
Write : TRUE
Finalize CD : FALSE
Multisession : TRUE
Multisession type: : Start multisession
Burning mode : DAO
Mode : 1
ISO Level : 1 (Max. of 11 = 8 + 3 char)
Character set : ISO 9660
Joliet : TRUE
Allow pathdepth more than 8 directories : TRUE
Allow more than 255 characters in path : TRUE
Write ISO9660 ;1 file extensions : TRUE

20:31:33 #3 ISO9660GEN -11 File Geniso.cpp, Line 3343
First writeable address = 0 (0x00000000)

20:31:34 #4 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3508
Turn on Disc-At-Once, using DVD media

20:31:36 #5 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 307
Last possible write address on media: 2297887 (510:38.37, 4488MB)
Last address to be written: 1758687 (390:49.12, 3434MB)

20:31:36 #6 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 319
Write in overburning mode: NO (enabled: CD)

20:31:36 #7 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 2972
Recorder: FREECOM_ DVD+/-RW20J9, Media type: DVD-R
Disc Manufacturer: SONY16 - D1
Disc Application Code: 64, Disc Physical Code: 193

20:31:36 #8 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 493
>>> Protocol of DlgWaitCD activities: <<<
=========================================

20:31:36 #9 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 793
Setup items (after recorder preparation)
0: TRM_DATA_MODE1 ()
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 1758688 (1758688) = #1758688/390:49.13
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/ required
-> TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 1758688 blocks [F: FREECOM_ DVD+/-RW20J9]
--------------------------------------------------------------

20:31:59 #10 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 995
Prepare [F: FREECOM_ DVD+/-RW20J9] for write in CUE-sheet-DAO
DAO infos:
==========
MCN: “”
TOCType: 0x00; Session Closed, disc fixated
Tracks 1 to 1: Idx 0 Idx 1 Next Trk
1: TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048/0x00, FilePos 0 0 3601793024, ISRC “”
DAO layout:
===========
__Start|___Track|Idx|CtrlAdr|Size|NWA|RecDep
0 | lead-in | 0 | 0x41 | 0 | 0 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 0 | 0x41 | 0 | 0 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 1 | 0x41 | 1758688 | 0 | 0x00
1758688 | lead-out | 1 | 0x41 | 0 | 0 | 0x00

20:31:59 #11 Text 0 File SCSIPTICommands.cpp, Line 215
SPTILockVolume - completed successfully for FSCTL_LOCK_VOLUME

20:31:59 #12 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 4294
Caching options: cache CDRom or Network-Yes, small files-Yes (<64KB)

20:31:59 #13 Phase 24 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1762
Caching of files started

20:32:06 #14 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 4413
Cache writing successful.

20:32:06 #15 Phase 25 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1762
Caching of files completed

20:32:06 #16 Phase 36 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1762
Burn process started at 8x (11.080 KB/s)

20:32:06 #17 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2721
Verifying disc position of item 0 (relocatable, disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #0

20:32:06 #18 Text 0 File DVDR.cpp, Line 3225
Recording mode: Sequential Recording Mode

20:32:06 #19 Text 0 File DVDR.cpp, Line 3381
Start write address at LBA 0
DVD high compatibility mode: Yes

20:32:06 #20 Text 0 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 9872
---- Disc 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: 2.1 (33)
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 Sector Number in Layer 0: 0 h (LBN: FFFD0000 h, 4193920 MB)
Data in Burst Cutting Area (BCA) does not exist
Revision number of maximum recording speed: 6.0
Revision number of minimum recording speed: -
Revision number table of recording speed: 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 - -
Class: 0
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 60 00 10 20 30 40 50 - 00 00 00 21 00 00 00 00 .`…0@P…!..
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 …

20:32:06 #21 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 269
Pipe memory size 53464000

20:33:18 #22 SPTI -600 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 179
CdRom2: SCSIStatus(x00) WinError(121) NeroError(-600)
Sense Key: 0x00 (KEY_NO_SENSE)
Sense Code: 0x00
Sense Qual: 0x00
CDB Data: 0x5C 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 0C 00 00 00
Sense Area: 0x00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Buffer x0a0f5240: Len xc

20:33:22 #23 SPTI -1033 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 179
CdRom2: SCSIStatus(x02) WinError(0) NeroError(-1033)
Sense Key: 0x02 (KEY_NOT_READY)
Sense Code: 0x04
Sense Qual: 0x01
CDB Data: 0x2A 00 00 00 00 20 00 00 20 00 00 00
Sense Area: 0x70 00 02 00 00 00 00 0A 00 00 00 00 04 01
Buffer x0a900080: Len x10000
0x22 00 20 00 00 00 00 00 00 20 00 08 00 00 00 00
0x08 00 6B 08 1A 00 01 15 04 02 00 00 01 00 00 01
0x01 00 22 00 17 00 00 00 00 00 00 17 00 08 00 00

20:33:22 #24 CDR -1033 File Writer.cpp, Line 303
Drive not ready
F: FREECOM_ DVD+/-RW20J9

20:33:29 #25 Text 0 File DVDR.cpp, Line 3783
EndDAO: Last written address was 31 (1Fh)

20:33:29 #26 CDR -1033 File WriterStatus.cpp, Line 162
Drive not ready
F: FREECOM_ DVD+/-RW20J9

20:33:29 #27 TRANSFER -24 File WriterStatus.cpp, Line 162
Could not perform end of Disc-at-once

20:33:30 #28 Phase 38 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1762
Burn process failed at 8x (11.080 KB/s)

20:33:31 #29 Text 0 File SCSIPTICommands.cpp, Line 261
SPTIDismountVolume - completed successfully for FSCTL_DISMOUNT_VOLUME

20:33:33 #30 Text 0 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 11185
DriveLocker: UnLockVolume completed

20:33:33 #31 Text 0 File SCSIPTICommands.cpp, Line 424
UnLockMCN - completed sucessfully for IOCTL_STORAGE_MCN_CONTROL

Existing drivers:

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

Thanks in advance for any kind of help.

Is this the drive? Does it look exactly like the picture? If so, it seems like a LiteOn LH-20A1H. You can get Nero’s InfoTool here and find out what the firmware is. What DVD media are you trying to use? Use DVD Identifier to find out the MID and stay away from cheap ones.
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Not sure if just 139MB free ram are enough for DVD burning? - I doubt!

Yeah that’s exactly the drive, and there are no firmware updates to that drive…i tried different brands, but the one that got this error was Sony DVD-R 1-16X. I’m kinda new to all this so sorry if im not giving enough info. Hmmm about the memory…is that really a problem? Cause my computer fits all the requirements for the drive, except one thing: USB 2.0, though the drive says that also supports USB 1.1. Does this mean i can use the drive for everything but burning dvds correctly cause it’s not USB 2.0?

Kinda lost! Thanks a lot for the help guys. =D

USB 1.1 will definitely not provide the proper speed for burning. Manufacturers should insist on USB 2.0 when putting new drives out on the market. If you get CD-DVD Speed and do a burst rate test (Run Test menu and Burst Rate, or F6, and with a disc inside the drive), you’ll see the transfer rate. Typically, if you want to burn anything about 16x, you need at least 24 MB/s.

Hi Guys,

I’ve bought the same drive, and am experiencing exactly the same problem. The drive is bundled with the Sonic software, which has a simple wizard interface which should get the job done (and doesn’t look particularly difficult to test).

New DVDs are not recognised. I’ve looked on the Freecom site, and they only provide firmware support up to 16x. I guess I’m ringing their support line tomorrow. Grrrrrrrrr!

Jim

[QUOTE=Spodgy;2020623]Hi Guys,

I’ve bought the same drive, [B]and am experiencing exactly the same problem.[/B] The drive is bundled with the Sonic software, which has a simple wizard interface which should get the job done (and doesn’t look particularly difficult to test).

New DVDs are not recognised. I’ve looked on the Freecom site, and they only provide firmware support up to 16x. I guess I’m ringing their support line tomorrow. Grrrrrrrrr!

Jim[/QUOTE]

I doubt “exactly”.

Please post a log etc.

OK… it probably wasn’t exactly the same problem. I had Sonic installed on my XP laptop, had the same Freecom external DVD Drive and it wouldn’t recognise blank DVD-Rs.

Turns out I’d made a basic mistake. Sonic was on my machine before I purchased the DVD drive, and I hadn’t installed the Nero that was bundled with it. Once I’d installed the software, hey presto.

Apologies for the crazy flaming!

Jim