Lots of Failed Burns with Nero - "Session fixation error" - Any ideas how to fix this

My burner / Nero dont seem to be functioning well at all! It does a few discs properly (albeit slow) and then decides to fail a few discs, all with the following error log:

Please advise!

Windows XP 5.1
IA32
WinAspi: -

NT-SPTI used
Nero Version: 7.9.6.0
Internal Version: 7, 9, 6, 0
(Nero Express)
Recorder: <PHILIPS DVD±RW DVD8631> Version: GD30 - HA 1 TA 0 - 7.9.6.0
Adapter driver: <IDE> HA 1
Drive buffer : 2048kB
Bus Type : default (0) -> ATAPI, detected: ?
CD-ROM: <Generic DVD-ROM >Version: 1.0 - HA 1 TA 1 - 7.9.6.0
Adapter driver: <SCSI> HA 1

=== Scsi-Device-Map ===
DiskPeripheral : WDC WD2500JD-75HBC0 iaStor Port 0 ID 0 DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : PHILIPS DVD±RW DVD8631 atapi Port 1 ID 0 DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : Generic DVD-ROM 1.0 UP55prt Port 2 ID 0 DMA: Off
CdRomPeripheral : Generic DVD-ROM 1.0 UP55prt Port 2 ID 1 DMA: Off
CdRomPeripheral : Generic DVD-ROM 1.0 UP55prt Port 2 ID 2 DMA: Off
CdRomPeripheral : Generic DVD-ROM 1.0 UP55prt Port 2 ID 3 DMA: Off

=== CDRom-Device-Map ===
PHILIPS DVD±RW DVD8631 F: CdRom0
Generic DVD-ROM K: CdRom1
Generic DVD-ROM L: CdRom2
Generic DVD-ROM M: CdRom3
Generic DVD-ROM N: CdRom4

AutoRun : 1
Excluded drive IDs:
WriteBufferSize: 83886080 (0) Byte
BUFE : 0
Physical memory : 1022MB (1046620kB)
Free physical memory: 432MB (443364kB)
Memory in use : 57 %
Uncached PFiles: 0x0
Use Inquiry : 1
Global Bus Type: default (0)
Check supported media : Disabled (0)

19.7.2007
ISO compilation
18:26:10 #1 Text 0 File SCSIPTICommands.cpp, Line 424
LockMCN - completed sucessfully for IOCTL_STORAGE_MCN_CONTROL

18:26:10 #2 Text 0 File Isodoc.cpp, Line 6663
Iso document burn settings
------------------------------------------
Determine maximum speed : FALSE
Simulate : FALSE
Write : TRUE
Finalize CD : TRUE
Multisession : FALSE
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

18:26:10 #3 ISO9660GEN -11 File Geniso.cpp, Line 3343
First writeable address = 0 (0x00000000)

18:26:10 #4 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3508
Turn on Disc-At-Once, using DVD media

18:26:11 #5 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 307
Last possible write address on media: 2295103 (510:01.28, 4482MB)
Last address to be written: 1609999 (357:46.49, 3144MB)

18:26:11 #6 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 319
Write in overburning mode: NO (enabled: CD)

18:26:11 #7 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 2964
Recorder: PHILIPS DVD±RW DVD8631, Media type: DVD+R

18:26:11 #8 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 493
>>> Protocol of DlgWaitCD activities: <<<
=========================================

18:26:11 #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 + 1610000 (1610000) = #1610000/357:46.50
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/ required
-> TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 1610000 blocks [F: PHILIPS DVD±RW DVD8631]
--------------------------------------------------------------

18:26:11 #10 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 995
Prepare [F: PHILIPS DVD±RW DVD8631] 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 3297280000, 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 | 1610000 | 0 | 0x00
1610000 | lead-out | 1 | 0x41 | 0 | 0 | 0x00

18:26:11 #11 Text 0 File SCSIPTICommands.cpp, Line 215
SPTILockVolume - completed successfully for FSCTL_LOCK_VOLUME

18:26:11 #12 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 4294
Caching options: cache CDRom or Network-Yes, small files-Yes (<64KB)

18:26:11 #13 Phase 24 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1762
Caching of files started

18:26:11 #14 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 4413
Cache writing successful.

18:26:11 #15 Phase 25 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1762
Caching of files completed

18:26:11 #16 Phase 36 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1762
Burn process started at 16x (22,160 KB/s)

18:26:11 #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

18:26:11 #18 SPTI -1066 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 179
CdRom0: SCSIStatus(x02) WinError(0) NeroError(-1066)
Sense Key: 0x05 (KEY_ILLEGAL_REQUEST)
Sense Code: 0x24
Sense Qual: 0x00
CDB Data: 0xAD 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 04 00 00
Sense Area: 0x70 00 05 00 00 00 00 12 00 00 00 00 24
Buffer x0978d0c0: Len x804

18:26:11 #19 Text 0 File DVDR.cpp, Line 7402
Drive: PHILIPS DVD±RW DVD8631
Book Type request [gen]: DVD-ROM, write to EEPROM
Changing the Book Type was finished successfully, return code 0

18:26:11 #20 CDR -1211 File DVDR.cpp, Line 6460
Book Type set to: DVD-ROM

18:26:11 #21 Text 0 File DVDPlusRW.cpp, Line 675
Start write address at LBA 0
DVD high compatibility mode: Yes

18:26:11 #22 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 269
Pipe memory size 83836800

18:27:01 #23 SPTI -1176 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 179
CdRom0: SCSIStatus(x02) WinError(0) NeroError(-1176)
Sense Key: 0x03 (KEY_MEDIUM_ERROR)
Sense Code: 0x72
Sense Qual: 0x01
CDB Data: 0x2A 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 20 00 00 00
Sense Area: 0x70 00 03 00 00 00 00 12 00 00 00 00 72 01
Buffer x09f90040: Len x10000
0x00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
0x00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
0x00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

18:27:01 #24 CDR -1176 File Writer.cpp, Line 303
Session fixation error
F: PHILIPS DVD±RW DVD8631

18:27:01 #25 SPTI -1176 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 179
CdRom0: SCSIStatus(x02) WinError(0) NeroError(-1176)
Sense Key: 0x05 (KEY_ILLEGAL_REQUEST)
Sense Code: 0x72
Sense Qual: 0x03
CDB Data: 0x5B 01 05 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Sense Area: 0x70 00 05 00 00 00 00 12 00 00 00 00 72 03

18:27:01 #26 Phase 127 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1762
Generating DVD high compatibility borders

18:27:01 #27 Text 0 File DVDPlusRW.cpp, Line 935
EndDAO: Last written address 0

18:27:01 #28 Text 0 File DVDR.cpp, Line 7402
Drive: PHILIPS DVD±RW DVD8631
Book Type request [gen]: DVD-ROM, write to EEPROM
Changing the Book Type was finished successfully, return code 0

18:27:01 #29 CDR -1176 File WriterStatus.cpp, Line 162
Session fixation error
F: PHILIPS DVD±RW DVD8631

18:27:01 #30 TRANSFER -24 File WriterStatus.cpp, Line 162
Could not perform end of Disc-at-once

18:27:02 #31 Phase 38 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1762
Burn process failed at 16x (22,160 KB/s)

18:27:02 #32 Text 0 File SCSIPTICommands.cpp, Line 261
SPTIDismountVolume - completed successfully for FSCTL_DISMOUNT_VOLUME

18:27:08 #33 Text 0 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 11185
DriveLocker: UnLockVolume completed

18:27:08 #34 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)

FYI I am using Infiniti 16x DVD+R’s which have previously always worked well

Hi empathy :slight_smile:

Infiniti have been switching manufacturers recently with their 16x media, so it’s possible that what worked for you previously was made by a different one.

Anyway…from the (KEY_MEDIUM_ERROR) in the log, the first thing I would suspect is the discs.

You can try lowering the speed to 8x-12x and see if that helps.

Can you pop one of the problem discs into your drive, run CD-DVD Speed (download it or find it in the Nero Toolkit), and go to the “Disc Info” tab. There you’ll find the MID info, that will tell us who made the disc. :slight_smile:

Thanks for the quick reply! :slight_smile: I have some more info here regarding your advise:

General Information
Drive: PHILIPS DVD±RW DVD8631
Firmware: GD30
Disc: DVD+R (MCC 004)
Selected speed: Maximum
Recorder information
Drive: PHILIPS DVD±RW DVD8631
Firmware: GD30
Write speed: 12 X
PI errors
Maximum: 97
Average: 1291.09
Total: 22594
PI failures
Maximum: 0
Average: 0.00
Total: 0
PO failures: 0
Jitter
Maximum: 11.4 %
Average: 10.33 %
Scanning Statistics
Elapsed time: 5:04
Number of samples: 420
Average scanning interval: 2.00 ECC
Glitches removed: 0

Nero CD-DVD Speed: Disc Info
Basic Information
Disc type: : DVD+R
Book Type : DVD+R
Manufacturer: : Verbatim
MID : MCC 004 000 (00h)
Write speeds: : 2.4 X - 4 X - 8 X - 12 X - 16 X
Blank Capacity : 4.38 GB
: 4482 MB
: 4700375040 bytes
Extended Information
Layers : 1
Write strategies : 4 X
Disc Status : Empty
Raw Data
ADIP Information (11h)
0000 - A1 0F 02 00 00 03 00 00 00 26 05 3F 00 00 00 00 - …&.?..
0010 - 00 00 07 4D 43 43 00 00 00 00 00 30 30 34 00 38 - …MCC…004.8
0020 - 23 54 37 12 02 54 6C 02 92 5F 15 15 0B 0B 08 08 - #T7…Tl…_…
0030 - 01 19 1B 0C 0C 0C 0D 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 - …
0040 - 01 00 38 38 02 2C 5A 1A 05 2E 23 10 04 1E 1D 01 - …88.,Z…#…
0050 - 00 00 02 2C 5A 1A 05 2E 23 10 04 1E 1D 01 00 00 - …,Z…#…

Now i have no knowledge regarding this at all i’m afraid - any hints/ideas will be greatly appreciated!

I got your PM, thanks :slight_smile:

That’s really odd - MCC004 (usually sold as Verbatim discs, but I have some Infiniti ones too) is usually excellent media, Infiniti used it a lot before they started using different manufacturers.

Could be that the burner isn’t tolerating it too well, so dropping the speed to 8x might help.

Did your burner come in a Dell machine? If so, try searching Dell for a firmware update. :slight_smile:

It would appear that the Philips doesn’t report PIF errors, so I’m not sure what to make of the scan results. Do you have a LiteOn or a BenQ drive you could try a scan in?

Might also be worth uninstalling all those virtual drives just for troubleshooting purposes too :wink:

Edit: Also, can you follow the link in my sig and double check the DMA status (Current Transfer Mode) for your burner?

Sadly, I only have this Philips drive I got when I bought the Dell PC! :frowning:

I checked the DMA status and Current Transfer Mode

  • for Device Zero:
    Transfer Mode = DMA if Available
    Current Transfer Mode = Ultra DMA Mode 2

I’ll get rid of the virtual drives as well now and try again!

FYI, even during the successful burns@16x, Nero/burner seems to take ages when doing it - sometimes even more than 20mins. It frequently stops and starts again.
Is there any type of diagnostic i can run on my dvd burner to see if it is faulty or not?

Hehe, sorry, I’m so used to people having multpile drives here :o

Anyway, searching Dell for a firmware update is still an option :wink:

DMA checks out, that’s good…you say the drive stops and starts…that might be some kind of OPC (Optimum Power Control), lots of drives do it. But just to be sure, try and shut down everything you can whilst burning to see if that makes a difference.

Sadly I don’t know of a diagnostic for your burner (other than Create Data Disc in CD-DVD Speed).

That’s an idea! Can you run a Create Data Disc test with CD-DVD Speed, and post the graph it shows after it’s burned the disc (it’ll show any slowdowns etc whilst burning, and also buffer/CPU levels). You can save the pic by clicking the floppy disc shaped icon in the top right, and saving as .png.

Then just attach it to your post :slight_smile:

I checked Dell and already have the latest firmware (GD30) - this drive gave me issues the minute I got my new pc 2 years back, but the latest firmware seemed to work when I installed it way back then. I have virtually nothing running whilst burning (sometimes i use FireFox for the web whilst burning), 53 processes running max and everything is spyware free and virus free as well.

I just did another burn, a successful one @ 16x - took apprx 14mins for ± 3.5gb X_X - Even when a burn is successful, it takes a lot longer than it should :frowning:

Attached is the Create Data Disc test pic (from just before the end of the simulation - otherwise the graph shows up empty if you copy it at end!) A previous try showed speeds consistently dropping after an initial peak - buffers seem to be okay though

I think it quite clearly shows that starting/stopping/sudden slow down stuff i was talking about earlier! - thx again for all the support! :slight_smile:


You’re welcome, thanks for posting the graph :slight_smile:

The only thing that really leaves is the discs, although I’m surprised. The reason why it takes so long is because the speed is dropping.

Something’s making your CPU spike at points, but I’d be surprised if that’s the problem.

The stopping and starting (the speed drops in the graph), I suspect is just WOPC, my LiteOn does the same thing :wink:

Have you got any other brand discs you can try? :slight_smile:

I can try some Philips DVD+RW’s (1-4x), but that wont be a great comparison I think :slight_smile: - I did the Create Disc TEst simulation and it ran at a constant 4x

Just trying to burn another Infiniti disc now - it stayed at 1% with the drive whizzing away for apprx 3.5 mins! …50% complete @ 9.49 mins… 100% @ 17.24 mins, successful albeit slow.

I may be forced to get some new discs, just after I bought 3x25 packs of the Infiniti ones that worked well for the past 2 years! :o I’m a tad bit annoyed at the “Best Buy - What Video” Label on the spindle haha.

If anything, your aid has at least confirmed that its unlikely to be my hardware/software that’s at fault - phew!

Do you have any idea what discs would be a good purchase? pref. something from ebuyer.com :stuck_out_tongue:

Thx for all your help and tips!

Hehe, I’m just trying to rule the discs out as a cause, as I said Infiniti branded MCC004 is usually very good. Having said that, I had the same symptoms you’re seeing on one or two of mine on my 20x LiteOn drive.

Buy a small pack of say, Verbatim (you can’t go wrong with those anyway) just to test.

If those work fine, it’s the discs, if they show the same symptoms as the Infiniti discs, then we have to look elsewhere (hardware, software) for the problem. :wink:

What are these?

Generic DVD-ROM K: CdRom1
Generic DVD-ROM L: CdRom2
Generic DVD-ROM M: CdRom3
Generic DVD-ROM N: CdRom4

You can also update your Nero here, do not touch or install InCD.

This is in addition to advice already given.

They’re virtual drives, which I’ve advised the OP to uninstall til this is fixed. :slight_smile:

(Didn’t think of updating Nero :doh: )

That’s okay I wouldn’t know a virtual drive if it came up & kicked me in the a$$, won’t have anything to do with them. If the OP doesn’t need it, they should get rid of it. Never take any chances on something screwing up your burn.

Hehe, I don’t like them either, thank God I have no need for virtual drives. I only found out what they were in Nero logs since many people with burning problems also seem to have that kind of software installed. :slight_smile:

Everybody that I have seen post Nero error logs with these drives showing up, I have never seen so many.

I was able to see the Fixation error message while writing data to the CD Drive.I have just changed the CD then the problem is resolved