DVR-S111B Problem with detecting and burning blank DVDs

Hello. I recently got the USB Pioneer DVD Drive DVR-S111B from a guy from eBay. There’s a couple problems that arose when I plugged it into my laptop. First off, my laptop recognizes the DVD drive to be DVR-111D instead of DVR-S111B. It reads everything perfectly fine so far it seems, but whenever I put in a blank TDK dvd+r into the drive, it doesn’t detect anything and when I try to look into the contents of the DVD through 'My Computer" it just says the drive is not accessible and also says ‘incorrect function’. When I actually try burning with Nero anyway, it goes to about 3% and then crashes saying that the DVD drive wasn’t found. I’ve tried getting the appropriate drivers from the Pioneer site but none of them seemed to fix anything at all. I’ve tried uninstalling the driver and reinstalling it, but the same problem keeps on happening. I’m not too sure on what to do now…so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

First, the drive is correctly recognized.
Second, buy better dvd media like Verbatim, TDK is really going bad.

@ Kibou,

Have you insured that you have a properly functioning USB cable and that both USB cable connector ends are properly seated?

Now days not all TDK Media is actually manufactured by TDK. Now days most TDK branded Media is subcontracted out to various Media Manufactures and unfortunately many times the TDK branded Media is poor quality Media. Suggest obtaining known proven quality Media that consistently produces quality error free results such as Taiyo Yuden or Verbatim Media.

Regards,
bjkg

Thanks for the reply guys. I just bought a 10-dvd pack from Verbatim and it seems like the same problem comes up, it doesn’t detect the blank dvd and it says incorrect function whenever I try to go into the drive. And yes, I did check to see that the USB cables were secure in both sides so that doesn’t seem to be the problem…

Maybe try with Imgburn, even in Simulation mode.

Then, please post a logfile here.

Okay I tried that ImgBurn program and it here’s the log file for it:

I 12:59:17 ImgBurn Version 2.3.2.0 started!
I 12:59:17 Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600 : Service Pack 2)
I 12:59:17 Total Physical Memory: 490,860 KB - Available: 128,624 KB
W 12:59:17 Drive D:\ (FAT32) does not support single files > 4 GB in size.
I 12:59:17 Initialising SPTI…
I 12:59:17 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices…
I 12:59:19 Found 1 DVD-ROM, 1 DVD-ROM/CD-RW and 1 DVD±RW!
I 13:14:11 Operation Started!
I 13:14:11 Source File: C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\Downloads 2\dvd\DVD.iso
I 13:14:11 Source File Sectors: 1,125,728 (MODE1/2048)
I 13:14:12 Source File Size: 2,305,490,944 bytes
I 13:14:12 Source File Volume Identifier: Vampire_TMB
I 13:14:12 Source File Application Identifier: PowerISO
I 13:14:12 Source File File System(s): ISO9660, Joliet
I 13:14:12 Destination Device: [0:0:0] PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-111D 1.29 (L:) (USB)
I 13:14:12 Destination Media Type: DVD+R (Disc ID: CMC MAG-M01-00) (Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x)
I 13:14:12 Destination Media Sectors: 2,295,104
I 13:14:12 Write Mode: DVD
I 13:14:12 Write Type: DAO
I 13:14:12 Write Speed: MAX
I 13:14:12 Link Size: Auto
I 13:14:12 Test Mode: No
I 13:14:12 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 13:14:12 Filling Buffer… (20 MB)
I 13:14:13 Writing LeadIn…
I 13:14:39 Writing Image… (LBA: 0 - 1125727)
W 13:14:39 Failed to Write Sectors 3072 - 3103 - The semaphore timeout period has expired.
W 13:14:39 Retrying (1 of 20)…

And this is pretty much where it freezes. I had waited for a long time but nothing new appears in the log. I tried to cancel the burning, it acknowledges that I pressed the cancel button, but nothing ever happens so I have to close it through task manager. When I was looking at the write speed of the DVD drive, it was incredibly low, like usually below 2X writing speed. It would eventually go down to .5X speed and then unknown. Then it finally gives the error line in the log.

The problem is related to the bridge chip in the ext USB case or your Laptop’s USB chipset.

I’m not really too sure what a bridge chip is or anything…is it something that I should be able to fix myself by opening up and replacing it? How would I fix it? Or am I just better off getting another DVD writer drive? It’d be a shame to get another one…but eh. I guess at least I’ve learned my lesson to not buy stuff from eBay so carelessly.

You can’t fix or replace the chip. You can however get a different external case. I would suggest one with a prolific chipset. Have a look at this thread:

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=119149

@ Kibou,

In posting #2 and #3 you were informed that the TDK Media you were attempting to use was problematic poor quality Media and informed to obtain known proven quality Media that constantly produced quality error free results such as Taiyo Yuden or Verbatim Media.

Your #6 posting ImgBurn log file reveals that you are using CMC MAG-M01 Media which is also Problematic Poor Quality Media.

You are also attempting to burn your blank Media at Maximum Speed.

Before assuming that you have a defective USB Bridge Chipset once again strongly suggest obtaining Known Proven Quality blank Media (CMC MAG-M01 Media is not Known Proven Quality blank Media) such as Taiyo Yuden or Verbatim Media and lower your burning speed to 6x speed or 4x speed.

Regards,
bjkg

Sorry about that. I did buy the verbatim dvds you told me about awhile ago and used them for my earlier tests, but since every time I try to burn something to get the log file, I pretty much end up losing a dvd since it writes a little bit onto the dvd and then crashes, so I figured I use the tdk dvd until I’d feel it’d be safe enough to use the verbatim since I only have about 5 left versus the 50 tdk dvds I have left. In the end though, it seems like the bridge chip was the problem since after I switched enclosures, it didn’t crash anymore. I set the writing speed to auto and didn’t realize it would mean it would set it to max. The only problem now is this:

I 17:50:32 Operation Started!
I 17:50:32 Source File: C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\Downloads 2\dvd\DVD.iso
I 17:50:32 Source File Sectors: 1,125,728 (MODE1/2048)
I 17:50:32 Source File Size: 2,305,490,944 bytes
I 17:50:32 Source File Volume Identifier: Vampire_TMB
I 17:50:32 Source File Application Identifier: PowerISO
I 17:50:32 Source File File System(s): ISO9660, Joliet
I 17:50:32 Destination Device: [0:0:0] PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-111D 1.29 (L:) (USB)
I 17:50:32 Destination Media Type: DVD+R (Disc ID: CMC MAG-M01-00) (Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x)
I 17:50:32 Destination Media Sectors: 2,295,104
I 17:50:32 Write Mode: DVD
I 17:50:32 Write Type: DAO
I 17:50:32 Write Speed: 2x
I 17:50:32 Link Size: Auto
I 17:50:32 Test Mode: No
I 17:50:32 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 17:50:32 Filling Buffer… (20 MB)
I 17:50:33 Writing LeadIn…
I 17:50:52 Writing Image… (LBA: 0 - 1125727)
W 17:52:23 Waiting for buffers to recover…
W 17:52:49 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 17:53:02 Writing Image…
W 17:53:27 Waiting for buffers to recover…
W 17:53:58 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 17:54:17 Writing Image…
W 17:54:32 Failed to Write Sectors 326400 - 326431 - The semaphore timeout period has expired.
W 17:54:32 Retrying (1 of 20)…
I 17:54:32 Writing Image…
W 17:55:15 Waiting for buffers to recover…
W 17:55:34 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 17:55:35 Writing Image…
W 17:56:06 Waiting for buffers to recover…
W 17:56:16 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 17:56:18 Writing Image…
W 17:56:47 Waiting for buffers to recover…
W 17:56:50 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 17:56:52 Writing Image…
W 17:57:36 Waiting for buffers to recover…
W 17:57:52 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 17:57:58 Writing Image…
W 17:59:18 Waiting for buffers to recover…
W 17:59:24 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 17:59:26 Writing Image…
W 18:01:17 Failed to Write Sectors 1108512 - 1108543 - The semaphore timeout period has expired.
W 18:01:19 Retrying (1 of 20)…
I 18:01:20 Writing Image…
W 18:01:20 Waiting for buffers to recover…
W 18:01:28 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 18:01:30 Writing Image…
I 18:01:36 Synchronising Cache…
I 18:01:38 Closing Track…
I 18:01:40 Finalising Disc…
I 18:02:25 Image MD5: 02a5dbd20de46c1b979dd62b1191f86d
I 18:02:32 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:11:52
I 18:02:32 Average Write Rate: 3,496 KB/s (2.5x) - Maximum Write Rate: 5,811 KB/s (4.2x)

It would burn fine at certain times but it would also randomly wait for the buffer to recover and wait for the hard disk activity to reach threshold level. I’m guessing that maybe this could be solved by using those verbatim dvds. I haven’t gotten the chance to try it yet…but I’ll do it when I get the chance…I’m suppose to be doing other stuff right now…but this was kinda bothering me.

@ Kibou,

It is useless to attempt to conduct ANY meaningful troubleshooting using known problematic poor quality Media (CMC MAG-M01 Media).

Regards,
bjkg