So, first of all thanks a bunch for your advice.
I already had Danger bros FW and MCSE (which I didn’t use) downloaded, so I was just waiting for someone to tell me to go for it. So I did. The results are both a success, and a failure. I’ll explain:
So I re-flashed (and unlocked the 1.29 Pioneer FW) with danger bro 1.06 patched. This was a succsess. I Burned the Memerex DVD+R DL just as before. However, I tried both re-flashing with danger bro to 1.23 and 1.29 patched, again = same error “Power calibration error”
Then I remembered about the 80 pin IDE cable. So I decide to look in case and I forgot when I built this I used a 40 pin on both the pioneer dvd drives (1 - DVR-111D + 1 Pioneer DVD ROM) I looked threw my spare parts and found 2 extra quality 80 pin cables.
Neither one helped. :Z I tried even unhooking the DVD-ROM and the power to it. No go, still “Power Calibration error”
My last resort is to swicth this 250W PSU to a spare 300W PSU and see what that does. I’m very curious why the 1.06 fw burns fine on a 40 pin IDE cable, yet the 1.29 fw (or earlier) doesn’t work on either a 40 or 80 pin IDE cable. maybe it has nothing to do with the cable? Drive just doesn’t like the new firmware? lol
I’ll try the power supply switch and report back. I need to sleep now.