I didn’t want to join this forum! It seems that all the answers were already here, all written down by the wonderful & ressourceful cdfreaks! But alas, I tried just about everything (see below) and am still not able to make a good DVD from my 716SA.
But it wasn’t always like this…
Here’s the story: I had some weird problems at the beginning such as the explorer page just freezing up once every now and then (having to terminate its process) when I was trying to access the DVD’s or CD’s content . Frames were also skipping on DVD movie playback. Got word “eventually” that it could be the SATA cable. And it was.
I said good, finally the thing is working! Hum…
At that point I could burn CDs and DVDs, but strangely enough I never was or in very rare random occasions, able to reach the maximum speed mentioned by the CD/DVD’s specs. In fact I had to drop at least half the speed to finally be able to burn some. Still on different occasions it caused some coasters…
Then after a while, it started to go BAD… Burning up until at a non specific/non repetitive part of the process and just freezing up my Nero. The only thing still running was its duration timer. But the rest was kaput… At that point, I had to forget about it, and force shut down the pc because nothing would work, it was impossible to close. A very similar problem was described here.
Got tired and went to my store so they could test it, and they did and said the burner worked well and did a fews burns without any problem. Did they do the job thoroughly? I have some minor doubts, but usually they are good guys.
Put it back in my pc, and it happened a few more times, tried a few things and still the same problem.
But even got yesterday the dreaded bluescreen with stuff I just don’t understand. Continued step after step and I was still constanly getting flawless credentials for my contributions to Coaster Land…
But now the new thing is, it burns up til 99% and then gives me a “No seek complete” message and scraps the DVD…
Here are all the things I tried so far (in no specific order):
1-Changed card firmware
2-Changed plextor firmware
3-Tried a different SATA cable socket
4-Checked compability list - I’m not listed
5-Tried different mediums, the most used, Cheap Dynex DVD-R and good
MAXELL DVD-R 16X
6-Tried 2 different versions of Nero (6.6 and 7)
7-Tried my TMPG DVD author to burn a VIDEO TS, went ok and said the DVD
burnt fine but it wouldn’t play on my PC nor my DVD player.
8-Tried the Plextools, all seemed fine according to it (writing test), yet I don’t
understand what the other test features do and what should I learn from
9-Removed the nvidia IDE driver
10-Did the self test thing and it went OK!!!
So as you can see I have no freaking clue as what is going on now! And the worst is I got to burn DVDs of my (first feature) film real fast to not miss festival deadlines…
The only thing I haven’t tried is what the PC store guy told me to do: format, and redo my XP… Man I do not want to go there, cause this means more than a week or reinstalling the tons of apps I got…
Yes I have a ghost, but I would rather come back with an XP in english since I got a french version now (even though it’s my native tongue anyway).
Is there anyone who can figure out this thing here? I’m so tired to have spent hours beyond end trying to arrange this, please, please, please help me!!!