I can't seem to burn a CD-R... yet to try other types of media, as my DVD-R's haven't arrived and I had CD-R's lying around.
The drive is in an external case that INOi markets (INOi DW560U-1600) and connects via a USB 2.0 cable and is powered by a cord that connects to a power device of some type - DC input to the drive through an AC/DC converter. (Yes, indeed... done dirt... .)
I am using the firmware inherent to the drive (HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4167B, C05FE8FEB840; haven't updated... explained bellow) and Taiyo Yuden CD-R's - the spec. # I don't know - and I have tried transfering the data through the simple Nero software (Nero Burning ROM 126.96.36.199 and Nero StartSmart 188.8.131.52; a bunch of other Nero drivers listed too) provided by the INOi package I picked up as well as Power Producer Gold; also upon the same software disc included.
I was trying the move various types of video files to CD just to try them out (.mpg, .vob, etc.) in VCD form, so I moved them through Nero and PPG which reformatted them before the burning process.
Each time, the burning (not the initializing or whatever it is called before the burn) "fails" - I don't know what better term to use here - at 1-3% for PPG, or runs at 100% of the buffer around 8-11% of the burn in Nero... basically it stalls. (The burner's power status light stays on and the disc access light flashes at a slow, intermittent rate... but the burner makes no noise comparable to that it makes when the burning process begins. On that note, my windows task manager CPU usage drops from the high-flying 90-100%'s for the set-up to virtually nill during this problem... though I assume this is no indication of the problem.)
The CD's have files on them afterwards, but none of the files are recognizable files to execute video or even view a picture.
I've tried a different port on my Dell Dimension 4600i, but same problem. I switched a cable and that didn't help. ...I have a cheap PCI card that installs USB ports, but that was intended for my other computer, so I don't wanna go that route.
I've tried setting the burn speeds differently - and even turning the underrun off in PPG - but I still hit the same wall each time. Even when I give the machine an immense amount of time to work through the problem, I return to the computer, turn the monitor power on, and then see that it failed or is at the same % burn.
I know that there is a newer firmware update but that has nothing to do with the problem as per my knowledge... ...but I tried updating it through the pop-up that appears asking me to update, and so it ran to 99% and then... and then... etc.; it doesn't fully update. (I read somewhere that a failed driver update - I think this is what firmware is - can sometimes mess up the drive permenantly.) I think I can download the update I need and execute it later - "flash" ? - if this is the probable cause.
I originally had the files stored on an external HD, but then realized that running through two USB cables seems a tad stupid. (A proper nickname for myself, might I add.) I then moved the files onto the internal HD and same problem. (Nero mentions defragging - which apparently does not mean being shot by a superior officer - amungst the several solutions, but I don't need to mess things up even worse.)
There's CD-ROM's that came with my external burner/enclosure labeled "External DVD Dual Drive: Installation Disc" and "External Case: IDE/Atapi to USB 1.1/2.0: For PC: WIN 98/SE," but the "manual" (re: folded piece of paper with ink on it) suggests that I not mess with manual installation "unless neccessary."
I apologize that I have no error report or what-have-you as I do not know how to find one...
I read the post about the power supply problem but the possible solution seems to be in an alien language to me... and I don't wanna look like Yahoo Serious or blow something up... yet anyway-er, ever.
I read about someone having an IDE cable problem within the drive, but this is newly bought I better be able to exchange with TD if this is the case.
I also read about possible buffer problems relating to DMA - which sets the path through which the information flows to the drive, I think - but I don't know how to remedy it with my set-up if this is the case. (I can't edit this through my software, as it says XP doesn't recommend augmenting it and gives me no options.)
I read about the audio CD problems with the burner - which, I believe, are resolved through the new firmwares - but I'm trying to do a VCD, so these problems shouldn't apply.
I read about updating Nero or trying other software, but again, I don't see how this would be the problem.
Could there be a problem with my PC at-large?
I basically wanted to try the dang thing out first, and I only can assume the problems will get worse if I heave up the amount of data I wanna burn. (I even tried a single 100MB .vob file and it failed.)
At least now when it fails I will be using the (much slower) CD-RW format and not angredly cracking CD-R's over my head. (NOT ADVISED!)
If I'm not overlooking something simple here - heck, I can't even seem to be able to format a CD for some reason, yet I assume I have to... inCD only formats RW media (slowly) - and if I have exhausted all my reasonable OE options I hopefully can exchange it this week.
Oh... and my machine is crashing like crazy - without WTM displaying an increased CPU usage - since I added this stuff... not important, but gotta vent.
Should my attempt into DVD burning involve this much aggravation, or is this normal, in that you need an advanced GED in burning before even attempting to burn a dang VCD?
I appreciate any help in trying to figure this out... ...and yes, I do know, eighty other people have bothered asking the same query and that I'm too stupid to find the answers in your aid to them.