I've had my DVD burner for...probably a year, maybe two now. Runs great, no problems. Today I was running out of DVD Media so I picked up a pack of 100 FujiFilm DVD -Rs that were on sale.
As soon as I popped one in, i got the following error from Toast:
"Interface Error -50. The connection is not stable."
When I attempt to burn, I get the following:
The Drive reported an error:
Sense Key = ILLEGAL REQUEST
Sense Code = 0X30, 0X05
CANNOT WRITE MEDIUM - INCOMPATIBLE FORMAT
So I think "Ok, bad media." I try a few other discs randomly from the pile, all with the same problem - and the thing is, I'd use the exact same Fujifilm DVDs to burn a few DVDs two days ago and got no errors...
So I'm thinking that I need something to test to make sure - I found a blank CD and popped it in - no error. So it must be the media, right?
So I take the spindle back and exchange it for a different brand (Dynex).
Popped a DVD in again, same error.
I tried connecting the drive directly to my laptop - same error.
I tried switching firewire cords - same error.
Updated firmware - same error.
Tried different burning programs (Apple's built in program, Toast 6, Toast 7) - got the same error.
I've tried creating an entirely clean user account and burning from that - same problem.
I've googled and found some people who had similar problems - some seemed to indicate that the problem just "went away", others said that their seemingly defective drives worked fine on PCs running XP...one guy said he disconnected his iSight and didn't have the problem again. Another said that he can now only burn DVD+R, not DVD-R...
Can anyone offer suggestions on what to try next?
I'm running a PowerBook 867 with 768 megs of ram.
I have the following housed/daisy-chained to it:
PB -- FireWire d2 External -- NEC 2500A External DVD RW +/- writer.