Nec ND-3500AG taking ages to complete burn process + unreadable burnt DVDs

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#1

A couple of weeks ago i began experiencing some trouble with my DVDRW (Nec ND-3500AG). Most of the DVDs i burn are almost full (about 4.5GB out of the 4.7GB) and after i started a burning session it would stall at 3% for maybe 30 seconds, and then it would speed up, but still the whole burning process would take about 10 minutes or more, instead of the 6 minutes or so Nero projected (at x16). If i burnt less than that amount of data the stall would occur at a later stage percentage-wise.

I have a clean Vanilla Win XP installed on another partition that i set up for “emergencies”. So i installed Nero on that OS. What happened is that once more it stalled at 3% and a little at 4% and 5% and then the burn would go on properly, so the whole process took just a minute or so more than the expected time. Yesterday i had a burn stuck at 3% which then failed. The next burn stalled at 3% and eventually went on but at a very slow rate. It took 23:30 minutes to complete, and i also had it do a data verification which was alarmingly slow as well and took another 21:30 minutes. At this point i thought that maybe the last batch of medias I recently bought (Verbatim DVD-R x16) are the reason. So burnt the files again, this time on an old TEAC x4 DVD-R i had left. The process once again took about 23:30 minutes and data verification the same as well. Even though Nero indicated the burn process was completed successfully (including the data verification) I tried copying the files from the burnt media to the HD and at 4% i got an error saying that the DVD can not be read.

I’m thinking of maybe trying this Drive on another PC? or is it pointless? What do you guys think?


#2

That is a really good idea.


#3

OK, I’ve just tested it on another PC and i get the same problem… Stalls at 3% and then continues burn at a very slow rate.

Is the any way(/point) to flush/restart the drive or anything of the sort?


#4

Shall i go get my cheque book or is there still hope for this drive? :confused:


#5

Try to clean it with a lens cleaner.