NEC ND-4550A via USB 2 enclosure & Taiyou Yuden DVD-R produced coaster after coaster

My first test burn using NEC ND-4550A and TY DVD-R was disappointing – producing coaster after coaster. I’d appreciate someone could help find out causes of problems and hopefully fix them.

Hardware/Software Setup

  • NEC ND-4550A with firmware 1.06 (purchased in Japan)
    Inside enclosure and burning via USB 2 interface
  • Coolmax 5.25” enclosure Fireware/USB2 Combo
  • Taiyou Yuden DVD-R 8X (YUDEN000-T02 made in and purchased in Japan)
  • Dell Inspiron 5150 (Mobile Intel Pentium CPU at 3.06GHz | RAM 1GB | HD
    60GB at 7200RPM)
  • Windows XP Pro SP2
  • Nero 6.6.0.16
  • Other burning software installed: Alcohol 120% (two virtual DVD drives
    generated by A120% as seen in Nero Log)

My goal of the test was to burn data - some Divx/Xvid movies. I first burned four DVD+RW (Ricoh 4X | made in Taiwan) successfully. Pleased, I put my shiny TY DVD-R and set at 4X for burning. Nero barely was able to initiate the burning process. Bang! Then the following error…… The following is excerpt of the error message. I will provide a complete Nero log in the end of my post.

4:13:43 PM #25 CDR -500 File Writer.cpp, Line 311
SCSI command aborted
_NEC DVD_RW ND-4550A\H3 T0

4:13:43 PM #26 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 228
all writers idle, stopping conversion

4:13:43 PM #27 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 222
conversion idle, stopping reader

4:13:43 PM #28 Text 0 File DVDR.cpp, Line 2774
EndDAO: Last written address was -1

4:14:28 PM #29 Phase 38 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1832
Burn process failed at 4x (5,540 KB/s)

After the first coaster was produced, I subsequently tried burning TY DVD-R at lower and higher speeds 2X and 8X, but only the same problem reoccurred.

I am completely lost at sea about caused of the problem. Was any software setting wrong? Was I not using the right firmware? Was using the drive inside enclosure via USB 2 was a bad idea? Or the drive itself was faulty?

Again, thanks for your kind help.

Complete Nero Log for failed burning

Windows XP 5.1
IA32
WinAspi: File ‘Wnaspi32.dll’: Ver=4.71 (0001), size=45056 bytes, created 8/15/2002 3:03:36 AM
ahead WinASPI: File ‘C:\Program Files\Ahead\Nero\Wnaspi32.dll’: Ver=2.0.1.74, size=164112 bytes, created 10/26/2004 6:35:34 PM
Nero Version: 6.6.0.16
Internal Version: 6, 6, 0, 16b

Recorder: <_NEC DVD_RW ND-4550A> Version: 1.06 - HA 3 TA 0 - 6.6.0.16
Adapter driver: <> HA 3
Drive buffer : 2048kB
Bus Type : default (0) -> ATAPI, detected: ?
CD-ROM: <AXV CD/DVD-ROM >Version: 2.2a - HA 2 TA 0 - 6.6.0.16
Adapter driver: <a347scsi> HA 2

=== Scsi-Device-Map ===
CdRomPeripheral : HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4241N atapi Port 0 ID 0 DMA: On
DiskPeripheral : HTS726060M9AT00 atapi Port 1 ID 0 DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : AXV CD/DVD-ROM 2.2a a347scsi Port 2 ID 0 DMA: Off
CdRomPeripheral : AXV CD/DVD-ROM 2.2a a347scsi Port 2 ID 1 DMA: Off

=== CDRom-Device-Map ===
HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4241N D: CDRom0
AXV CD/DVD-ROM M: CDRom1
AXV CD/DVD-ROM N: CDRom2
_NEC DVD_RW ND-4550A G: CDRom3

AutoRun : 1
Excluded drive IDs:
WriteBufferSize: 83886080 (0) Byte
ShowDrvBufStat : 0
BUFE : 0
Physical memory : 1023MB (1047916kB)
Free physical memory: 438MB (448988kB)
Memory in use : 57 %
Uncached PFiles: 0x0
Use Inquiry : 1
Global Bus Type: default (0)
Check supported media : Disabled (0)

29.11.2005
ISO compilation
4:13:37 PM #1 Text 0 File Isodoc.cpp, Line 6356
Iso document burn settings

Determine maximum speed : FALSE
Simulate : FALSE
Write : TRUE
Finalize CD : TRUE
Multisession : FALSE
Burning mode : DAO
Mode : 1
ISO Level : 2 (Max. of 31 chars)
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

4:13:37 PM #2 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 127
Reader running

4:13:37 PM #3 Text 0 File Writer.cpp, Line 122
Writer _NEC DVD_RW ND-4550A running

4:13:37 PM #4 ISO9660GEN -11 File geniso.cpp, Line 3309
First writeable address = 0 (0x00000000)

4:13:37 PM #5 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3233
Turn on Disc-At-Once, using DVD media

4:13:37 PM #6 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 270
Last possible write address on media: 2298495 (510:46.45, 4489MB)
Last address to be written: 2147567 (477:14.17, 4194MB)

4:13:37 PM #7 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 282
Write in overburning mode: NO (enabled: CD DVD)

4:13:37 PM #8 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 2483
Recorder: _NEC DVD_RW ND-4550A, Media type: DVD-R
Disc Manufacturer: TYG02 -
Disc Application Code: 64, Disc Physical Code: 193

4:13:37 PM #9 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 448
>>> Protocol of DlgWaitCD activities: <<<

4:13:37 PM #10 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 838
Setup items (after recorder preparation)
0: TRM_DATA_MODE1 ()
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 2147568 (2147568) = #2147568/477:14.18
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/ required, no patch infos
-> TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 2147568 blocks [_NEC DVD_RW ND-4550A]

4:13:37 PM #11 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 1051
Prepare recorder [_NEC DVD_RW ND-4550A] for write in CUE-sheet-DAO
DAO infos:

MCN: “”
TOCType: 0x00; Session Closed, disc fixated
Tracks 1 to 1:
1: TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048/0x00, FilePos 0 0 4398219264, ISRC “”
DAO layout:

Start|Track|Idx|CtrlAdr|RecDep_____
0 | lead-in | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00
2147568 | lead-out | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00

4:13:37 PM #12 Phase 24 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1832
Caching of files started

4:13:38 PM #13 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 4120
Cache writing successful.

4:13:38 PM #14 Phase 25 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1832
Caching of files completed

4:13:38 PM #15 Phase 36 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1832
Burn process started at 4x (5,540 KB/s)

4:13:38 PM #16 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2654
Verifying disc position of item 0 (relocatable, disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #0

4:13:38 PM #17 Text 0 File DVDR.cpp, Line 2379
Recording mode: Sequential Recording Mode

4:13:38 PM #18 Text 0 File Mmc.cpp, Line 21708
Set BUFE: Buffer underrun protection -> ON

4:13:38 PM #19 Text 0 File DVDR.cpp, Line 2534
Start write address at LBA 0
DVD high compatibility mode: Yes

4:13:38 PM #20 Text 0 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 8862
---- DVD Structure: Physical Format Information (00h) ----
Layer: 0, Address: 0 (0 h), AGID: 0; Length: 2050
Book Type: DVD-R (2), Part Version: 2.0x (5), Extended Part Version: 0.0 (0)
Disc Size: 120 mm, Maximum Rate: <not specified> (F h)
Number of Layers: 1, Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP), Layer Type: recordable
Linear Density: 0,267 um/bit, Track Density: 0,74 um/track
Starting Physical Sector Number of Data Area: 30000 h (DVD-ROM, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW)
End Physical Sector Number of Data Area: 26127F h
End Sector Number in Layer 0: 0 h (LBN: FFFD0000 h, 4193920 MB)
Data in Burst Cutting Area (BCA) does not exist
Start sector number of the current Border-Out: 2FE10 h
Start sector number of the next Border-In: 2FFA0 h
Media Specific [16…63]:
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 - 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00 02 FE 10 00 02 FF A0 - 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 - 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …

4:13:42 PM #21 SCSI -500 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 1434
SCSI Exec, HA 3, TA 0, LUN 0, buffer 0x042C0000
Status: 0x02 (0x03, SCSI_ABORTED)
HA-Status 0x10 (0x0A, SCSI_HASTAT_REQUEST_SENSE_FAILED)
TA-Status 0x00 (0x00, OK)
Sense Key: 0x05 (KEY_ILLEGAL_REQUEST)
Sense Code: 0x26
Sense Qual: 0x02
CDB Data: 0x2A 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x20 0x00 0x00 0x00
Sense Data: 0xF0 0x00 0x05 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00
0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x26 0x02

4:13:42 PM #22 SCSI -500 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 1434
SCSI Exec, HA 3, TA 0, LUN 0, buffer 0x049E1400
Status: 0x02 (0x03, SCSI_ABORTED)
HA-Status 0x10 (0x0A, SCSI_HASTAT_REQUEST_SENSE_FAILED)
TA-Status 0x00 (0x00, OK)
Sense Key: 0x05 (KEY_ILLEGAL_REQUEST)
Sense Code: 0x26
Sense Qual: 0x02
CDB Data: 0x2A 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x20 0x00 0x00 0x00
Sense Data: 0xF0 0x00 0x05 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00
0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x26 0x02

4:13:42 PM #23 Text 0 File Mmc.cpp, Line 19340
Writer-Buffer for _NEC DVD_RW ND-4550A\H3 T0 reduced to 32768Bytes

4:13:43 PM #24 SCSI -500 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 1434
SCSI Exec, HA 3, TA 0, LUN 0, buffer 0x03A46800
Status: 0x02 (0x03, SCSI_ABORTED)
HA-Status 0x10 (0x0A, SCSI_HASTAT_REQUEST_SENSE_FAILED)
TA-Status 0x00 (0x00, OK)
Sense Key: 0x05 (KEY_ILLEGAL_REQUEST)
Sense Code: 0x26
Sense Qual: 0x02
CDB Data: 0x2A 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x10 0x00 0x00 0x00
Sense Data: 0xF0 0x00 0x05 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00
0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x26 0x02

4:13:43 PM #25 CDR -500 File Writer.cpp, Line 311
SCSI command aborted
_NEC DVD_RW ND-4550A\H3 T0

4:13:43 PM #26 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 228
all writers idle, stopping conversion

4:13:43 PM #27 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 222
conversion idle, stopping reader

4:13:43 PM #28 Text 0 File DVDR.cpp, Line 2774
EndDAO: Last written address was -1

4:14:28 PM #29 Phase 38 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1832
Burn process failed at 4x (5,540 KB/s)

Existing drivers:
File ‘Drivers\ASPI32.SYS’: Ver=4.71 (0001), size=17005 bytes, created 8/15/2002 3:03:36 AM
File ‘Drivers\PXHELP20.SYS’: Ver=2.03.28a, size=20640 bytes, created 2/1/2005 2:03:00 AM (Prassi/Veritas driver for win 2K)
File ‘Drivers\a347scsi.sys’: Ver=3.47.0.0 built by: WinDDK, size=5248 bytes, created 4/30/2004 9:33:00 AM (Adapter driver for src)

Registry Keys:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\AllocateCDROMs : 0 (Security Option)