Perfect time to start my first post!
So, I’m in a bit of a calamity atm with this bloody SATA DVR-215 which I purchased a few weeks ago for the missus’ aging AMD A64 box with a DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLi-DR board and have had no problems with the drive reading discs. However, I thought I would try burning some media and went out and bought a spindle of 50 Sony 16x DVD-R’s.
I tried burning freebsd 7.0 and with each burning application I try, I’m always getting somesort of “Unspecified Recorder Error” or “Undocumented Recorder Error” and end up with a coaster with every burning application I try. Whether it’s Nero, Alcohol, ImgBurn, PowerISO it doesn’t matter, I still get that error and a fresh coaster to rest my beer on.
I’ve tried burning at a lower speed but it still would give me the error and spit out a coaster after 2 seconds of trying to burn. It’s a strange thing because I have the exact burner in my Intel E8400 which is overclocked and it has no problems burning the same media.
I’ve checked the firmware on this new drive and it’s 1.19 whereas the burner in my Intel box has 1.06 firmware. The pioneer website only lists the 1.18 firmware and I’ve noticed a few people have had the 1.19 firmware shipped with their burners but no problems with them burning.
I’ve tried uninstalling ALL burning applications and using just one but same problem. I’ve tried switching sata ports around but that didn’t seem to work. I really have no clue what the go is and am contemplating another format/fresh install of WinXP Pro SP2. Mind you, this is a fresh install of windows I’m running aswell
The IDE burner I replaced for this SATA one is a pioneer and has been working flawlessly so naturally I thought the new pioneer wouldn’t have any problems. One thing I couldn’t find was whether anyone has had troubles burning Sony 16x DVD-R’s. Although, I’m a bit skeptical that it’s the media.
So, here I am after 5 coasters absolutely dumbfounded at what the problem could be. I should also mention that when I try to burn, say with ImgBurn, the drive spins up, sounds like it’s starting to burn, the light comes on and then it fails once the buffer is full and cpu is @ around 4%. Then it takes like a minute or so to finish what it’s doing and ImgBurn tells me that despite the write failing, it can still attempt to close the session/track on the cd. I’ve tried clicking yes and no but that doesn’t seem to make a difference. Nero and Alcohol don’t ask me this and just fail then spit out the coaster.
On a side note, sometimes it will fail to write at all leaving the disc blank still. Sometimes, it will try and write some data and after a few seconds it will fail. But I’ve also noticed that when it fails, it either burns out the size of the ISO onto the DVD leaving me with an empty 1.8gb coaster or it doesn’t mark anything and the DVD-R is still ok. I dont exactly have other media to try except for Verbatim 4x DVD-R DL’s but i dont want to ruin one of them
Normally it doesn’t take me long to figure out what the problem is but this has me totally stumped and after 5 coasters Im scared to try again as I’m certain I would get another coaster.
I’m sorry if this post is a little long but I wanted to make sure I was clear on my problem. Thanks in advance for any help on this