"You need DVD9 media to continue..........."

Using Nero 6 Reloaded I have a CD Project set up to burn onto a DVD9 disc. With the disc in my Pioneer 108 I still see the red warning message that I need DVD9 media: does this mean that either Nero or the Pioneer cannot see the disc and won’t burn? (No, I haven’t tried a burn: at 15€ per disc it’s an expensive risk.)

DVD-9 is dual-layer. Are you sure your burner can burn dual-layer?

As sure as anyone can be following the advice of magazines and shop staff.

“I have a CD Project” - you need to choose DVD from the dropdown THEN choose a new project type

Can I change the project type and then “import” the project? There’s about 3 day’s worth of work in the project and I honestly don’t think I have either the patience or the inspiration to do it all again.
Is there any way to save the individual project clips (which are edits of avi’s and mpegs I have on my HD)?
Could you give me a step-by-step how-to, please?

@ northridge
With all due respect to G)-(osters, IMHO I would think if Nero is asking for a DVD-9, then it knows what size the project is and what he is trying to do. I think the problem lies in disc recognition. Do you, northridge, have the latest firmware for your Pioneer?

just doubleclick on the saved project.
return to the screen below if not taken there at first.
make sure you choose dvd from the dropdown NOT CD as shown below.
nero should now know that your disc is dvd9. choose coorect recorder too.

G)-(osters, you really know how to freak a guy out! I looked at your post and thought - ‘Cripes - my Nero looks nothing like that!’ - then realised that I hadn’t said which of Neros’ progs I was using (Vision Express) and saw that all of your good intentions had been wasted.
Then when I found a 7€ Traxdata DVD9 disc I thought I’d try to burn anyway and see what happened. Even tho’ the red warning remained (but disc info showed that it recognised the disc) it allowed me to start the burn - though with a warning that the burn may be “unsucsessfull and provide unstable results”. It said 6 hours so I went to bed.
Was woken 4 hours later by my faithfull prostate and peeked at the screen: the #$%&%" had stopped at 1min50secs, with a Runtime Error message.
If you or anyone has any ideas what I’m doing wrong I’d be very gratefull. If you need to know exactly what I’m trying to do and how I got this far, and/or need to know what my specs are or anything, please say.

now i got no idea. maybe…

  1. go through the 10 points listed @ http://www.mrbass.org/dvdnewbie/ [ you may not be a newbie, but the trouble is, and might be related to one or more of the listed items ]. note: very important to keep the transfer mode on IDE channels in DMA mode. check them every now and then as the transfer mode can change without you being notified. see this MS article http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/IDE-DMA.mspx

  2. a) know your drive’s capabilities. use nero info tool to discover them. also go to the drive maker’s website and find out what media types and brands, and at what speed to those media types, the drive supports. [ eg., my pioneers 107d & 108a can burn to dvd-rw @ 4x without trouble, but my optorite 401 can only burn @ 2x to dvd-rw even though Nero and other burning programs will allow the drive to burn @ 4x and will produce a “successfull” disc @ 4x…but the result is a coaster ] b) update the firmware of the drive. check for updates @ http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_all.php

  3. a) try another brand of CD/DvD disc. b) try burning at lower speed. eg., don’t burn at 24x to 16x media; burn according to MEDIA speed limits, don’t try to burn at the cd/dvd drive’s max speed until you are certain that you can do so without negative consequences.

  4. a) disable and/or uninstall any virtual drives. b) install an aspi layer. preferred is v460. get it @ http://www.snapfiles.com/get/aspilayer.html

  5. a) update the burning program you are using to the latest release. b) uninstall any recently installed software. c) do a virus scan, and a scan with spybot s & d [ get it @ http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html ]

  6. for XP or Win2K users, optimise your operating system Services for best system performance. for info go to http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm#Alerter and http://www.freeware-alternative.uni.cc/downloads/service-controller-xp/service-controller-xp.html

  7. before burning, open taskmanager and shutdown ALL unneeded processes that are running. DON’T commence a virus scan or a defrag before or during a burn - sadly, i have seen it happen !

  8. a) try another burning software and see if you get a better result. deepburner standard is free. get it @ http://www.deepburner.com/ b) for users of alcohol 120%, update to the latest drives support DLL [ look for topic “Alcohol 120% Device Support Patch Released” @ http://forum.alcohol-soft.com/index.php?showforum=10 ] c) if you have multiple burning softwares installed, uninstall them all, then install one. test it. install another if needed. test it, and so on…

  9. make sure mainboard chipset drivers are up to date. make sure all cables and jumpers connected to drives are correctly configured with regard to master/slave setup.

  10. enter your BIOS and disable anything you don’t use. set memory speeds to default. set cpu speed to default. if you overclock, DON’T [ until you are certain that overclocking is not the cause of the trouble ].

  11. if you still cannot fix the problem, try the drive or the CD/DvD disc you are having problems with in another PC that has no burning issues [ if possible ]

  12. Disable autorun…unless you really need it for some purpose. for XP users go to start/run/type REGEDIT.EXE then click OK
    press Ctrl+F, type NoDriveTypeAutoRun in the box/find next
    doubleclick the highlighted key and replace the HEX value with b5
    repeat for each NoDriveTypeAutoRun key found. reboot.

13.it’s also a good idea to try an arrange the device IRQ assignment so that each device on your system has it’s own IRQ. this is not always possible or user-configurable. however, on a modern PC running Windows XP Pro you can try the following.

  1. enter your BIOS and look for a setting/option similar to “plug and play operating system” . you need to set this option to No or Disable. this allows the BIOS to assign IRQs to devices instead of Windows. there might also be an option like “allow BIOS to assign IRQ”. Enable it.

  2. restart. open device manager/view/resources by type/interrupt request

    note that in the above image all my devices have thier own IRQ ? this was not always the case; my NVIDIA GeForce and my Realtek NIC were both sharing IRQ 16 and my Realtek Sound device and a couple of USB controllers were sharing IRQ 18. so what i did was disable the USB controllers [ see below ] as i never need them. i also put my Realtek NIC into another PCI slot.

    Anyway, see what you can do. maybe you’ll only be able to reduce the devices sharing an IRQ from 3 to 2. Better than nothing . Trial and error will get you through if you disable your mouse or keyboard etc. just renable it.

Holy Moley - now I AM freaked out. I thought this was going to be EASY!
Before I can do anything I have to resolve one big problem: the source files for the project are on a virtual drive which is on a secondary, external HD. But these are source files; the files I want to burn, are edits/compilations of the source files.
Is there any way I can save these edits (effectively the bits that make up the cd project) so a) they are safe and b) i can disable the virtual and secondary drives?

originally all u needed was a way to burn a dvd-9 project with nero, without nero going retarded on you. NOW you tell us you have “edits” from source files on a virtual drive that lives on an external drive ! dude, just BURN your project as first planned, PLEASE, and tell us what happens now :slight_smile:

Sorry, I explained that badly.
I have burned - or rather failed to burn, the project; it stopped at 1min 50sec with a Run Time Error message.
The reason I wanted to know if I can save the edits I did using nero whilst creating the project is because 1/ the source files are on a virtual drive, and one of your list of Things To Do Before Trying Again is disabling virtual drives, and 2/ it took me days to do the edits and I want to avoid if possible having to do it all again.
I now understand that I must move the project and the source files from the virtual drive so I can shut it down.
Thank you for your patience. I’m going to read your guides, follow the instructions you gave above, and I’ll be back. I hope you won’t have given up on me.

skip the disable virtual drives in my steps. it’s only a small part that may not be causing your trouble anyway

Burned half the project sucessfully onto a DVD5.
What does this tell you about where my DVD9 problems may lie?
Drivers and firmware up-to-date.

I had a problem once when it asked for a DVD9, it was actually to big to fit on a 4.7 disk. So I made the file to the hard drive and left it at the original size.

Then I used recode2 to fit it to a 4.7 disk.