Should I take to my Emprex burner with a hammer?

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

I have an Emprex burner (DVDRW IDE 16X) that burns CDs good enough but which I could never get to burn DVDs (to or from my hardrive, using Nero). Unfortunately, I did not try burning DVDs until long after the warranty had expired, so returning the unit to the store for a replacement is not an option ( a review of posts on this and other sites, involving problems similar to my own, suggest that would have been the best course of action).

I just installed a Sony burner (DVD RW DW-G120A), and interestingly had to slave the Sony to the Emprex or my 'puter would hang and restart repeatedly. I was hoping I could at least use the Emprex to act as a reader with the Sony as the writer. When I tried this, it didn’t work, and I was left with the following error log:

Windows XP 5.1
IA32
WinAspi: -
ahead WinASPI: File 'C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\Core\Wnaspi32.dll': Ver=2.0.1.74, size=164112 bytes, created 11/2/2004 1:54:32 PM 
 
NT-SPTI used
Nero Version: 7.2.3.3
Internal Version: 7, 2, 3, 3
(Nero Express)
Recorder: <DVDRW IDE 16X> Version: A091 - HA 1 TA 0 - 7.2.3.3
Adapter driver: <IDE> HA 1
Drive buffer : 2048kB
Bus Type : default (0) -> ATAPI, detected: ?
CD-ROM: <DVDRW IDE 16X >Version: A091 - HA 1 TA 0 - 7.2.3.3
Adapter driver: <IDE> HA 1
 
=== Scsi-Device-Map ===
DiskPeripheral : HDS722525VLAT80 atapi Port 0 ID 0 DMA: On 
DiskPeripheral : WDC WD600AB-00BVA0 atapi Port 0 ID 1 DMA: On 
CdRomPeripheral : DVDRW IDE 16X atapi Port 1 ID 0 DMA: On 
CdRomPeripheral : SONY DVD RW DW-G120A atapi Port 1 ID 1 DMA: On 
 
=== CDRom-Device-Map ===
DVDRW IDE 16X E: CDRom0
SONY DVD RW DW-G120A F: CDRom3
=======================
 
AutoRun : 1
Excluded drive IDs: 
WriteBufferSize: 83886080 (0) Byte
BUFE : 0
Physical memory : 1023MB (1048044kB)
Free physical memory: 636MB (651568kB)
Memory in use : 37 %
Uncached PFiles: 0x0
Use Inquiry : 1
Global Bus Type: default (0)
Check supported media : Disabled (0) 
 
3.12.2006
===== Disc-Copy over image - 1st step : Copy to image ...
 
3:10:36 AM #1 Text 0 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 39
SPTILockVolume - completed successfully for FCTL_LOCK_VOLUME
 
3:10:36 AM #2 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 531
ReadBuffer-Pipe got 192KB of Memory
 
3:10:36 AM #3 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 124
Reader running
 
3:10:36 AM #4 Text 0 File Writer.cpp, Line 113
Writer Image Recorder running
 
3:10:36 AM #5 Text 0 File DVDCopy.cpp, Line 292
DVD Track-Information from source disc:
Media Type: DVD-ROM
Last LBA on layer 0 = 1995647 / 0x1E737F / 3897MB
S01 T01 Con 0x14 Start 0 Len 3944785 (gap 0) Blank 0 Res 0 Dmg 0 Open Trk 0 Mode TRM_DATA_MODE1 (0)
 
3:10:36 AM #6 Text 0 File DVDCopy.cpp, Line 405
Max -1 tracks of 1 allowed to copy
1: 0 - 3944785 = 3944785, TRM_DATA_MODE1, block size 2048, read opt 0 (no read options)
 
3:10:36 AM #7 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3400
Turn on Disc-At-Once, using DVD media
 
3:10:37 AM #8 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 290
Last possible write address on media: 4718591 (1048:34.41, 9215MB)
Last address to be written: 3944784 (876:37.09, 7704MB)
 
3:10:37 AM #9 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 302
Write in overburning mode: NO (enabled: CD)
 
3:10:37 AM #10 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 474
>>> Protocol of DlgWaitCD activities: <<<
=========================================
 
3:10:37 AM #11 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 847
Setup items (after recorder preparation)
0: TRM_DATA_MODE1 (1 - Data (mode 1))
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 3944785 (3944785) = #3944785/876:37.10
not relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/not required, no patch infos
-> TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 3944785 blocks [Image Recorder]
--------------------------------------------------------------
 
3:10:37 AM #12 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 1059
Prepare recorder [Image Recorder] for write in CUE-sheet-DAO
DAO infos:
==========
MCN: ""
TOCType: 0x40; Session Closed, disc fixated
Tracks 1 to 1:
1: TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048/0x00, FilePos 0 0 8078919680, ISRC ""
DAO layout:
===========
__Start_|____Track_|_Idx_|_CtrlAdr_|_RecDep__________
0 | lead-in | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00
3944785 | lead-out | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00
 
3:10:37 AM #13 Phase 120 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1730
Creating the image for burning
 
3:10:37 AM #14 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2707
Verifying disc position of item 0 (not relocatable, no disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #0
 
3:19:14 AM #15 SPTI -1 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 291
E: CdRom0: SCSIStatus(x02) WinError(0) NeroError(-1)
Sense Key: 0x04 (KEY_HARDWARE_ERROR)
Sense Code: 0x3E
Sense Qual: 0x02
CDB Data: 0x28 00 00 1E 73 80 00 00 20 00 00 00 
Sense Area: 0x70 00 04 00 00 00 00 0A 00 00 00 00 3E 02 
Buffer x04ee2000: Len x10000
 
3:19:14 AM #16 TRANSFER -25 File Reader.cpp, Line 364
Error reading data
 
3:19:14 AM #17 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 367
Exception value: -1
 
3:19:14 AM #18 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 228
all writers idle, stopping conversion
 
3:19:15 AM #19 Phase 22 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1730
Reading disc failed
 
 
 
===== Disc-Copy over image - 2nd step : Burn the image ...
 
3:10:36 AM #1 Text 0 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 39
SPTILockVolume - completed successfully for FCTL_LOCK_VOLUME
 
3:10:36 AM #2 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 531
ReadBuffer-Pipe got 192KB of Memory
 
3:10:36 AM #3 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 124
Reader running
 
3:10:36 AM #4 Text 0 File Writer.cpp, Line 113
Writer Image Recorder running
 
3:10:36 AM #5 Text 0 File DVDCopy.cpp, Line 292
DVD Track-Information from source disc:
Media Type: DVD-ROM
Last LBA on layer 0 = 1995647 / 0x1E737F / 3897MB
S01 T01 Con 0x14 Start 0 Len 3944785 (gap 0) Blank 0 Res 0 Dmg 0 Open Trk 0 Mode TRM_DATA_MODE1 (0)
 
3:10:36 AM #6 Text 0 File DVDCopy.cpp, Line 405
Max -1 tracks of 1 allowed to copy
1: 0 - 3944785 = 3944785, TRM_DATA_MODE1, block size 2048, read opt 0 (no read options)
 
3:10:36 AM #7 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3400
Turn on Disc-At-Once, using DVD media
 
3:10:37 AM #8 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 290
Last possible write address on media: 4718591 (1048:34.41, 9215MB)
Last address to be written: 3944784 (876:37.09, 7704MB)
 
3:10:37 AM #9 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 302
Write in overburning mode: NO (enabled: CD)
 
3:10:37 AM #10 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 474
>>> Protocol of DlgWaitCD activities: <<<
=========================================
 
3:10:37 AM #11 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 847
Setup items (after recorder preparation)
0: TRM_DATA_MODE1 (1 - Data (mode 1))
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 3944785 (3944785) = #3944785/876:37.10
not relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/not required, no patch infos
-> TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 3944785 blocks [Image Recorder]
--------------------------------------------------------------
 
3:10:37 AM #12 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 1059
Prepare recorder [Image Recorder] for write in CUE-sheet-DAO
DAO infos:
==========
MCN: ""
TOCType: 0x40; Session Closed, disc fixated
Tracks 1 to 1:
1: TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048/0x00, FilePos 0 0 8078919680, ISRC ""
DAO layout:
===========
__Start_|____Track_|_Idx_|_CtrlAdr_|_RecDep__________
0 | lead-in | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00
3944785 | lead-out | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00
 
3:10:37 AM #13 Phase 120 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1730
Creating the image for burning
 
3:10:37 AM #14 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2707
Verifying disc position of item 0 (not relocatable, no disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #0
 
3:19:14 AM #15 SPTI -1 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 291
E: CdRom0: SCSIStatus(x02) WinError(0) NeroError(-1)
Sense Key: 0x04 (KEY_HARDWARE_ERROR)
Sense Code: 0x3E
Sense Qual: 0x02
CDB Data: 0x28 00 00 1E 73 80 00 00 20 00 00 00 
Sense Area: 0x70 00 04 00 00 00 00 0A 00 00 00 00 3E 02 
Buffer x04ee2000: Len x10000
 
3:19:14 AM #16 TRANSFER -25 File Reader.cpp, Line 364
Error reading data
 
3:19:14 AM #17 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 367
Exception value: -1
 
3:19:14 AM #18 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 228
all writers idle, stopping conversion
 
3:19:15 AM #19 Phase 22 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1730
Reading disc failed
 
 
Existing drivers:
 
Registry Keys:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\AllocateCDROMs : 0 (Security Option) 

Sorry if I’m including too much information, I just don’t want to miss anything.
I then tried using the Sony as the reader and the Emprex as the writer, and ended up with this error log:

Windows XP 5.1
IA32
WinAspi: -
ahead WinASPI: File 'C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\Core\Wnaspi32.dll': Ver=2.0.1.74, size=164112 bytes, created 11/2/2004 1:54:32 PM 
 
NT-SPTI used
Nero Version: 7.2.3.3
Internal Version: 7, 2, 3, 3
(Nero Express)
Recorder: <DVDRW IDE 16X> Version: A091 - HA 1 TA 0 - 7.2.3.3
Adapter driver: <IDE> HA 1
Drive buffer : 2048kB
Bus Type : default (0) -> ATAPI, detected: ?
CD-ROM: <SONY DVD RW DW-G120A >Version: MYR5 - HA 1 TA 3 - 7.2.3.3
Adapter driver: <IDE> HA 1
 
=== Scsi-Device-Map ===
DiskPeripheral : HDS722525VLAT80 atapi Port 0 ID 0 DMA: On 
DiskPeripheral : WDC WD600AB-00BVA0 atapi Port 0 ID 1 DMA: On 
CdRomPeripheral : DVDRW IDE 16X atapi Port 1 ID 0 DMA: On 
CdRomPeripheral : SONY DVD RW DW-G120A atapi Port 1 ID 1 DMA: On 
 
=== CDRom-Device-Map ===
DVDRW IDE 16X E: CDRom0
SONY DVD RW DW-G120A F: CDRom3
=======================
 
AutoRun : 1
Excluded drive IDs: 
WriteBufferSize: 83886080 (0) Byte
BUFE : 0
Physical memory : 1023MB (1048044kB)
Free physical memory: 254MB (260968kB)
Memory in use : 75 %
Uncached PFiles: 0x0
Use Inquiry : 1
Global Bus Type: default (0)
Check supported media : Disabled (0) 
 
3.12.2006
===== Disc-Copy over image - 1st step : Copy to image ...
 
3:53:44 AM #1 Text 0 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 39
SPTILockVolume - completed successfully for FCTL_LOCK_VOLUME
 
3:53:45 AM #2 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 531
ReadBuffer-Pipe got 192KB of Memory
 
3:53:45 AM #3 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 124
Reader running
 
3:53:45 AM #4 Text 0 File Writer.cpp, Line 113
Writer Image Recorder running
 
3:53:45 AM #5 Text 0 File DVDCopy.cpp, Line 292
DVD Track-Information from source disc:
Media Type: DVD-ROM
Last LBA on layer 0 = 1995647 / 0x1E737F / 3897MB
S01 T01 Con 0x14 Start 0 Len 3944785 (gap 0) Blank 0 Res 0 Dmg 0 Open Trk 0 Mode TRM_DATA_MODE1 (0)
 
3:53:45 AM #6 Text 0 File DVDCopy.cpp, Line 405
Max -1 tracks of 1 allowed to copy
1: 0 - 3944785 = 3944785, TRM_DATA_MODE1, block size 2048, read opt 0 (no read options)
 
3:53:45 AM #7 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3400
Turn on Disc-At-Once, using DVD media
 
3:53:45 AM #8 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 290
Last possible write address on media: 4718591 (1048:34.41, 9215MB)
Last address to be written: 3944784 (876:37.09, 7704MB)
 
3:53:45 AM #9 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 302
Write in overburning mode: NO (enabled: CD)
 
3:53:45 AM #10 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 474
>>> Protocol of DlgWaitCD activities: <<<
=========================================
 
3:53:45 AM #11 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 847
Setup items (after recorder preparation)
0: TRM_DATA_MODE1 (1 - Data (mode 1))
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 3944785 (3944785) = #3944785/876:37.10
not relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/not required, no patch infos
-> TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 3944785 blocks [Image Recorder]
--------------------------------------------------------------
 
3:53:45 AM #12 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 1059
Prepare recorder [Image Recorder] for write in CUE-sheet-DAO
DAO infos:
==========
MCN: ""
TOCType: 0x40; Session Closed, disc fixated
Tracks 1 to 1:
1: TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048/0x00, FilePos 0 0 8078919680, ISRC ""
DAO layout:
===========
__Start_|____Track_|_Idx_|_CtrlAdr_|_RecDep__________
0 | lead-in | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00
3944785 | lead-out | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00
 
3:53:45 AM #13 Phase 120 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1730
Creating the image for burning
 
3:53:45 AM #14 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2707
Verifying disc position of item 0 (not relocatable, no disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #0
 
4:10:55 AM #15 Text 0 File WriterStatus.cpp, Line 116
<Image Recorder> start writing Lead-Out at LBA 3944785 (3C3151h), length 0 blocks
 
4:10:55 AM #16 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 228
all writers idle, stopping conversion
 
4:10:55 AM #17 Phase 121 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1730
Creating Image completed successfully
 
 
 
===== Disc-Copy over image - 2nd step : Burn the image ...
 
4:11:00 AM #1 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 531
ReadBuffer-Pipe got 81920KB of Memory
 
4:11:00 AM #2 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 124
Reader running
 
4:11:00 AM #3 IMAGEGEN -10 File ImageGen.cpp, Line 366
Image was written as DAO.
DAOI:
MediaCatalogNumber = ''
TocType = 0x40
Finalized = 1
First/Last Track = 1 / 1
1: ISRC = ''
Blocksize = 2048
TrackMode = 'TRM_DATA_MODE1'
TrackConfig = 0x00
First/Last Index = 0 / 1
Index0FilePos = 0, Index1FilePos = 0, NextTrackFilePos = 8078919680
CUES:
0: Ctrl=0x41 Trk= 0 (0x00) Index=00 Start=00:00.00 ( 0) RecDep=0x00
1: Ctrl=0x41 Trk= 1 (0x01) Index=01 Start=00:00.00 ( 0) RecDep=0x00
LBRK: Last LBA on layer 0 = 1995647 / 0x1E737F / 3897MB
MTYP: Mediumtype = DVD (old format) (0x1C)
Image file name: <C:\Documents and Settings\Robert.ROBERT-E7BAF1E9\My Documents\TempImage.nrg>
 
4:11:00 AM #4 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3400
Turn on Disc-At-Once, using DVD media
 
4:11:00 AM #5 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 290
Last possible write address on media: 4173823 (927:30.73, 8151MB)
Last address to be written: 3944784 (876:37.09, 7704MB)
 
4:11:00 AM #6 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 302
Write in overburning mode: NO (enabled: CD)
 
4:11:00 AM #7 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 2733
Recorder: DVDRW IDE 16X, Media type: DVD+R9 Double Layer
Disc Manufacturer ID: RITEK, Media Type ID: D01, Product revision number: 1
Disc Application Code: 0, Extended Information Indicators: 0
 
4:11:00 AM #8 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 474
>>> Protocol of DlgWaitCD activities: <<<
=========================================
 
4:11:00 AM #9 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 847
Setup items (after recorder preparation)
0: TRM_DATA_MODE1 (1 - DVD-ROM)
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 3944785 (3944785) = #3944785/876:37.10
not relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/not required, no patch infos
-> TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 3944785 blocks [E: DVDRW IDE 16X]
--------------------------------------------------------------
 
4:11:00 AM #10 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 1059
Prepare recorder [E: DVDRW IDE 16X] for write in CUE-sheet-DAO
DAO infos:
==========
MCN: ""
TOCType: 0x40; Session Closed, disc fixated
Tracks 1 to 1:
1: TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048/0x00, FilePos 0 0 8078919680, ISRC ""
DAO layout:
===========
__Start_|____Track_|_Idx_|_CtrlAdr_|_RecDep__________
0 | lead-in | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00
3944785 | lead-out | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00
 
4:11:00 AM #11 Text 0 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 39
SPTILockVolume - completed successfully for FCTL_LOCK_VOLUME
 
4:11:00 AM #12 Phase 36 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1730
Burn process started at 4x (5,540 KB/s)
 
4:11:00 AM #13 SPTI -1066 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 291
E: CdRom0: SCSIStatus(x02) WinError(0) NeroError(-1066)
Sense Key: 0x05 (KEY_ILLEGAL_REQUEST)
Sense Code: 0x24
Sense Qual: 0x00
CDB Data: 0xAD 00 00 00 00 00 00 FF 40 00 00 00 
Sense Area: 0x70 00 05 00 00 00 00 0A 00 00 00 00 24 
Buffer x03543400: Len x4000
 
4:11:00 AM #14 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2707
Verifying disc position of item 0 (not relocatable, no disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #0
 
4:11:00 AM #15 SPTI -1066 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 291
E: CdRom0: SCSIStatus(x02) WinError(0) NeroError(-1066)
Sense Key: 0x05 (KEY_ILLEGAL_REQUEST)
Sense Code: 0x24
Sense Qual: 0x00
CDB Data: 0xAC 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 
Sense Area: 0x70 00 05 00 00 00 00 0A 00 00 00 00 24 
Buffer x0353da00: Len x1008
 
4:11:00 AM #16 SPTI -1066 File SCSIPassThrough.cpp, Line 291
E: CdRom0: SCSIStatus(x02) WinError(0) NeroError(-1066)
Sense Key: 0x05 (KEY_ILLEGAL_REQUEST)
Sense Code: 0x24
Sense Qual: 0x00
CDB Data: 0xBF 00 00 00 00 00 00 20 00 0C 00 00 
Sense Area: 0x70 00 05 00 00 00 00 0A 00 00 00 00 24 
Buffer x034eaa00: Len xc
0x00 0A 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 1E 73 80 
 
4:11:00 AM #17 Text 0 File DVDPlusDualLayer.cpp, Line 646
L0 Data Zone Capacity not set.
Max LBA L0 2086911 (1FD7FFh, 4075MB), next writable address 0 (0h, 0MB)
 
4:11:00 AM #18 CDR -1066 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 1799
Invalid field in command
E: DVDRW IDE 16X
 
4:11:00 AM #19 TRANSFER -27 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 1799
Could not perform start of Disc-at-once
 
4:11:00 AM #20 Phase 38 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1730
Burn process failed at 4x (5,540 KB/s)
 
 
Existing drivers:
 
Registry Keys:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\AllocateCDROMs : 0 (Security Option) 

I’m guessing the first failure is due to the Emprex having problems with reading…with the second I can’t even guess what’s going on.

And now, The Question: Is there anything fixable here? Or am would it be best just to replace the Emprex burner?

Much thanks in advance for any insights!
Bob

With Burners going so cheap these days (almost $30) I would go ahead and purchase either NEC or BenQ drives and have myself a peace of mind.

Have you download the latest drivers?

http://www.softlookup.com/driveauthor.asp?id=3427

Did you manually set the new drive as the master and the old one as the slave?

Don’t know if they are on the same cable if master and slave must correspond to the slave and master cable slots?

I use these free programs with Nero6xxx, riptIt4Me, DVD Decrypter, vtsFIX, and DVDShrink. If I remember correctly, Nero7xx does not work with DVD Shrink.

I recently got the Sony-Nec 1770 for $30 and Verbatium DVD+R in cake boxes of 25 from the same internet disc supplier. Gone thru on box of 25 at 16X and no coasters.

Bob

TCAS - You’re right, I should probably cut my losses and simply replace the Emxprex burner.

becketma - I used LiveUpdate to install the new drivers for the Emprex burner; unfortunately Soft Look Up did not have any Emprex drivers, but thanks for the link. I do have the slave/master hook-ups correct. Will probably just junk the Emprex burner, maybe get another Sony like the one you have.

Thanks so much for your help people! Happy Holidays!
Bob

I think that if you run a scan on opti 1770 you’ll find a review, with info on whose DVDs worked the best–the reason i went the drive and Verbatim.

Bob

www.emprex.com

has drivers.

Worth a shot?

You might need to a shot of Sake before down loading a new driver?

GUL
bob

Part of the problem may also be using Ritek DL discs - I’d suggest to try some Verbatim, as their DL is a lot more reliable than Ritek.

And pretty much any burner these days will be better than the Emprex :wink: