GSA-4160B DVD+R DL problem

Hi all, first post :slight_smile:

I’m having a problem getting my LG GSA-4160B to record Ricoh DVD+R DL discs. The problem being that I can’t get Nero to even start burning!

It stops the burn with ‘Unspecified Recorder Error’ then ‘Could not perform start of Disc-at-once’ and ejects the disc.

The LG is recording CDs and single layer DVDs fine - it just won’t touch these DL discs.

DVD Identifier is showing the following:

[18:46:53] DVD Identifier V5.0.1
[18:46:53] Initializing Drive Interface [Auto-Select ASPI/SPTI]
[18:46:53] SPTI Drive Interface Successfully Initialized
[18:46:53] 1 Supported Drive Found (Out Of 2 Available Drives)
[18:46:53] Manufacturer Database [08-OCT-06@727$93] Loaded From File : (@727$93) Entries Found
[18:46:54] This Version Of ‘DVD Identifier’ Is Up-To-Date
[18:46:54] The Manufacturer Database Is Up-To-Date
[18:46:55] DVD+R/+RW Medium Detected. Starting Identification…
[18:46:55] ** Initiating ADIP Retrieval Method 1 (Original ADIP)
[18:46:55] ERROR : ADIP Read M1 Failed : Illegal request - Invalid field in CDB [05/24/00]
[18:46:55] INFO : ADIP Read Method 1 Not Supported ; Method 2 Will Be Attempted
[18:46:55] ** Initiating ADIP Retrieval Method 2 (Copy Of ADIP)
[18:46:55] ADIP Read Method 2 Completed Without Errors
[18:46:55] Disc Identification Completed Successfully

** INFO : Drive = HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4160B - [FW A306] - [ATAPI]
** INFO : Write Capabilities = DVD+R DVD+R-DL DVD+RW
** INFO : Write Capabilities = DVD-R DVD-RW DVD-RAM
** INFO : Disc = [DVD+R-DL:RICOHJPN-D01-067]
** INFO : Reference Speed : 1x DVD = 1385 kBps
** INFO : An Writeable Disc Is Recommended For Accurate Results
** INFO : Write Speeds (Supported By This Drive On This Disc) Listed Below

** INFO : GET PERFORMANCE Write Speed Descriptor(s)
Descriptor #1 = 7056 kBps ( 5.09x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]
Descriptor #2 = 5645 kBps ( 4.00x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]
Descriptor #3 = 4234 kBps ( 3.06x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]
Descriptor #4 = 2822 kBps ( 2.04x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]
Descriptor #5 = 1411 kBps ( 1.00x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]
Descriptor #6 = 706 kBps ( 0.51x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]

** INFO : MODE SENSE Write Speed Descriptor(s) [Legacy Command]
** WARNING : MODE SENSE Is Obsolete And Not Always Properly Supported
Descriptor #1 = 7056 kBps ( 5.09x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]
Descriptor #2 = 5645 kBps ( 4.00x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]
Descriptor #3 = 4234 kBps ( 3.06x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]
Descriptor #4 = 2822 kBps ( 2.04x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]
Descriptor #5 = 1411 kBps ( 1.00x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]
Descriptor #6 = 706 kBps ( 0.51x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]

** WARNING : Format 11h (Method 1) Is Recommended ADIP Retrieval Method
** WARNING : Format 00h (Method 2) Data Might Contain Drive Modified Values
** INFO : Hex Dump Of ‘Media Code’-Block Listed Below
** INFO : 4-Byte Header Preceding ‘Media Code’-Block Discarded
** INFO : Format 00h (Method 2) - Physical Information (Copy Of ADIP)
0000 : 01 0f 32 10 00 03 00 00 00 fc ff ff 00 22 d7 ff …2…"…
0010 : 00 00 03 52 49 43 4f 48 4a 50 4e 44 30 31 43 40 …RICOHJPND01C@
0020 : 25 25 37 10 00 2c 6c 00 2c 6c 20 1f 0c 0c 14 14 %%7…,l.,l …
0030 : 02 01 01 20 00 20 1f 0c 0c 14 14 02 01 01 20 00 … . … .
0040 : 04 00 33 7b 5c 00 25 69 3a 26 1c 0a 0b 20 02 01 …3{.%i:&… …
0050 : 01 00 00 58 62 42 26 1c 0a 0b 20 02 01 01 00 5f …XbB&… …_
0060 : 84 00 00 43 66 3e 26 1c 0a 0b 20 02 01 01 00 00 …Cf>&… …
0070 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0080 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0090 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00a0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00b0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00c0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00d0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00e0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00f0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …

Could someone cast an expert eye over this? Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

Hello detorquemada and welcome to the forum.

The Ricoh discs you are trying to use are 8x DVD+R DL discs. The GSA-4160B can only handle 2.4x DVD+R DL discs. This is why you cannot burn those discs. Try again with 2.4x DVD+R DL discs (these often come with no speed marking on the casings).

I’d advise you to get Verbatim 2.4x DVD+R DL discs rather than Ricoh ones as only a handful of drives can handle Ricoh DVD+R DL discs properly. Verbatim DVD+R DL discs, on the other hand, are almost universally compatible with most drives. Just get one disc first to try.

It all makes sense now :o Thanks for the reply, much appreciated!