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Hi, I'm new here and so glad I found this site because I'm about to lose my mind over this!
I have an HP Pavilion a1250n with the Lightscribe DVD Writer / CD-Writer, 2005 model. And the DVD burner has some serious issues, or either that I'm just a complete moron. I have some DVD files on my harddrive that I wanted to put on disc, and I have tried every stupid DVD burning program out there, I've tried different brands of DVDs (currently using imation), I've tried the + and the -, and over the last year I think I've burned 3 good DVDs, but wasted about $20 worth or so. So I really don't know what the deal is, the first time I tried to use it it had problems and here we are 11 months later still having stupid problems. I've gotten every stupid message giving why it failed, from device not found, to the latest one:

Wizard page: Creating DVD structure
Process ID: CProcessingDVDMenu::EPID_CREATINGDVDSTRUCTURE
Error string:

So, I'm not the most technically proficient computer user in the world, but if anyone could help and give some advice I can try and figure out what to do before I lose it and start pulling out my hair! Thanks for your time...

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Have you tried different brands of blanks and burning slowly? Some burners are very sensitive to the brand (even though they are supposed to be all the same).
 

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Yes, I have Imation currently. Previously I used Verbatim and Memorex and had a little bit of luck with them.
And I use whatever speed is available,
 
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The max speed is not usually a good choice since some machines can't keep up with it, especially if you are doing other things at the same time. Try slower speeds.
 
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You stated you are having this problem for eleven months. I notice also your system is a relatively new model. If it is still in warranty, I suggest you get some kind of service ticket started with HP tech support to document when this problem started, just in case it is a hardware failure and just in case you are still in warranty and have only a month or so left.

Next, I would try a different brand of burning software to see if it gives the same error. There are some free ones out there for download. I use one here occasionally called Deep Burner.

I would also try to determine what types of DVDs HP recommends for that particular drive. Granted, almost any burner these days will use almost any DVD media; but, at least you should try different brands and types. Also, have you tried burning at the slowest speed just to see if it does any different?

It's been a long time since I've encountered sporadic burning problems. Usually they either work or they don't so I'm a little rusty on this. The sporadic burning problems I had in the past were related to slower processors or trying to run other programs at once with the burning on a system that wasn't the fastest processor.

I hope you don't have a Celeron processor in that computer. If so, that could be your problem. Celerons just don't process data near as fast as Pentiums.
 
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