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SlickStretch

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When I try to burn a disc with imgburn, it gives me an error saying "Failed to write sectors: Power Calibration Area Error." I have tried 2 different CD-R, a CD-RW, a DVD-R, and a DVD+R DL discs and they all give the same result.

When I try to put in a DVD, it just acts like its trying to read the disc for a long time, and then it will act as though there's no disc in. I have tried a burned DVD and a retail DVD.

I have tried burning at slower speeds... no difference.

Anything else I can try?
 

Oddba11

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That error typically indicates a media or burner issue.

If the drive can't even recognize media, I'd say the drive is faulty.
 

plodr

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bobs-here do you mean imgburn rather than imgburner? If not, post an url to the program.
As far as imgburn, that's what the OP tired to use.
 

SlickStretch

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ive used, cdburner for years and it works very well and worth trying:
https://cdburnerxp.se/help/Intro/cdburnerxp
imagburner is in fact a typo. but imgburn portable is the version intended, as it does not install and has the edge over the installed version:
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=583
Here's the log from imgburn:
Code:
I 15:14:01 ImgBurn Version 2.5.8.0 started!
I 15:14:01 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Edition (6.1, Build 7601 : Service Pack 1)
I 15:14:01 Total Physical Memory: 4,082,636 KiB  -  Available: 1,873,080 KiB
I 15:14:02 Initialising SPTI...
I 15:14:02 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...
I 15:14:03 -> Drive 1 - Info: ATAPI DVD A  DH16A1L KH1A (D:) (ATA)
I 15:14:03 -> Drive 2 - Info: ELBY CLONEDRIVE 1.4 (V:) (SCSI)
I 15:14:03 Found 1 DVD±RW/RAM and 1 BD-ROM/HD DVD-ROM!
I 15:14:32 Operation Started!
I 15:14:32 Source File: C:\Users\Stretch\Desktop\working\Bob Marley - Greatest Hits.cue
I 15:14:32 Source File Sectors: 354,038 (AUDIO/2352)
I 15:14:32 Source File Size: 832,697,376 bytes
I 15:14:32 Source File Volume Identifier: Bob Marley - Greatest Hits
I 15:14:32 Source File File System(s): None
I 15:14:33 Destination Device: [1:0:0] ATAPI DVD A  DH16A1L KH1A (D:) (ATA)
I 15:14:33 Destination Media Type: CD-R (Disc ID: 97m26s66f, CMC Magnetics Corp.)
I 15:14:33 Destination Media Supported Write Speeds: 16x, 24x, 32x, 40x
I 15:14:33 Destination Media Sectors: 359,844
I 15:14:33 Write Mode: CD
I 15:14:33 Write Type: SAO
I 15:14:33 Write Speed: 16x
I 15:14:33 Lock Volume: Yes
I 15:14:33 Test Mode: No
I 15:14:33 OPC: No
I 15:14:33 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 15:14:33 Write Speed Successfully Set! - Effective: 2,822 KB/s (16x)
I 15:14:33 Advanced Settings - Force HT: N/A, Online HT: N/A, OverSpeed: N/A, SmartBurn: Yes
I 15:14:34 Filling Buffer... (80 MiB)
I 15:14:38 Writing LeadIn... (CD-TEXT)
W 15:15:15 Failed to Write Sectors -11634 - -10953 - Reason: Write Error
W 15:15:15 Retrying (1 of 20)...
W 15:16:06 Retry Failed - Reason: Power Calibration Area Error
W 15:16:06 Retrying (2 of 20)...
W 15:16:40 Retry Failed - Reason: Write Error
W 15:16:40 Retrying (3 of 20)...
W 15:17:23 Retry Failed - Reason: Write Error
W 15:17:23 Retrying (4 of 20)...
W 15:18:33 Retry Failed - Reason: Power Calibration Area Error
W 15:18:33 Retrying (5 of 20)...
W 15:19:31 Retry Failed - Reason: Power Calibration Area Error
W 15:19:31 Retrying (6 of 20)...
W 15:20:41 Retry Failed - Reason: Power Calibration Area Error
W 15:20:41 Retrying (7 of 20)...
W 15:21:54 Retry Failed - Reason: Power Calibration Area Error
W 15:21:54 Retrying (8 of 20)...
W 15:23:09 Retry Failed - Reason: Power Calibration Area Error
W 15:23:09 Retrying (9 of 20)...
I 15:23:56 Abort Request Acknowledged
W 15:24:12 Retry Failed - Reason: Power Calibration Area Error
W 15:24:12 Retrying (10 of 20)...
I 15:24:12 Synchronising Cache...
W 15:24:17 User opted to skip the 'Close Track/Session/Disc' functions.
E 15:24:17 Failed to Write Image!
E 15:24:17 Operation Aborted! - Duration: 00:09:44
I 15:24:17 Average Write Rate: N/A - Maximum Write Rate: N/A
Here's the log from CDBurnerXP:
Code:
3:04:37 PM    ISO file Bob Marley - Greatest Hits.cue loaded
3:04:50 PM    Burning process started.
3:06:00 PM    Writing process started at 40x (7,056 KB/s)
3:08:25 PM    Error occurred: Internal SDK error: CStarBurn_ScsiTransportSPTI::ExecuteCDB(): Command failed  Valid = yes, CDB Size = 10, Sense Size = 32 CDB: 2A 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  Sense 00: 70 00 03 00 00 00 00 0A 00 00 00 00 73 03 00 00  Sense 10: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 20 4E F0 08 80 FA FF FF  Transport status = 0, Target Status = 2, HostAdapter Status = 0
I've attached the info from Nero to this post, if you think that it will help.
 

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SlickStretch

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Just a thought, but do you think it matters that the DVD drive is on it's side? The tray on the drive holds the disc just fine, and everything seems to function fine...

The computer case holds the DVD drive in a vertical position.
 

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Ok..uncheck the box for "Perform OPC Before Write" in ImgBurn (on the Settings, Write tab) and to un-check the box for power calibration. It's not necessary. also, the romdrive has an emphasis to use +r disc rather then -r media. i use verbatim or 8x Taiyo Yuden or even sony disks as a brand and try to avoid junk media.

its not unknown for 50-count spindles to have bad batches.also, the message is, being that lighter dyes are less 'skippy' imo.

an equivilant to the Disable IMAPI Service is not available but there is the disable a CD Burning Group Policy. worth a try and easily toggled:
  • Click "Start," type "Gpedit.msc" into the search box at the bottom of the Start menu and press "Enter."

  • Navigate to the "User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer" folder in the left pane of the group policy editor.

  • Double-click the "Remove CD Burning Features" setting in the right pane of the group policy editor.

  • Click "Enabled" in the properties window.

  • Click "OK."
try the burning again and if not return to enable.

but if things are not improved, its not unknown known for one of the two lasers to start failing, commonly the burn laser. this could be the first signs
http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-to-fix-...D-BD-burning-failed-/10000000204686675/g.html
 

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Just a thought, but do you think it matters that the DVD drive is on it's side? The tray on the drive holds the disc just fine, and everything seems to function fine...

The computer case holds the DVD drive in a vertical position.
nothing to be lost by trying. if it works by laying the machine flat, its all good. but plenty to eliminate in post10#

although the eventual suspect will point to the cdrom drive and whether its past its best.
 

SlickStretch

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"Perform OPC Before Write" is already unchecked. I don't see a box for power calibration.

I disabled the CD Burning Group Policy.

imgburn still gives me a power calibration error:
Code:
I 18:58:47 ImgBurn Version 2.5.8.0 started!
I 18:58:47 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Edition (6.1, Build 7601 : Service Pack 1)
I 18:58:47 Total Physical Memory: 4,082,636 KiB  -  Available: 2,223,220 KiB
I 18:58:47 Initialising SPTI...
I 18:58:47 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...
I 18:58:48 -> Drive 1 - Info: ATAPI DVD A  DH16A1L KH1A (D:) (ATA)
I 18:58:48 -> Drive 2 - Info: ELBY CLONEDRIVE 1.4 (V:) (SCSI)
I 18:58:48 Found 1 DVD±RW/RAM and 1 BD-ROM/HD DVD-ROM!
I 18:59:02 Operation Started!
I 18:59:02 Source File: I:\Music\Bob Marley - Greatest Hits\CD1\Bob Marley - Greatest Hits.cue
I 18:59:02 Source File Sectors: 354,320 (AUDIO/2352)
I 18:59:02 Source File Size: 833,360,640 bytes
I 18:59:02 Source File Volume Identifier: Bob Marley - Greatest Hits
I 18:59:02 Source File File System(s): None
I 18:59:02 Destination Device: [1:0:0] ATAPI DVD A  DH16A1L KH1A (D:) (ATA)
I 18:59:02 Destination Media Type: CD-R (Disc ID: 97m26s66f, CMC Magnetics Corp.)
I 18:59:02 Destination Media Supported Write Speeds: 16x, 24x, 32x, 40x
I 18:59:02 Destination Media Sectors: 359,844
I 18:59:02 Write Mode: CD
I 18:59:02 Write Type: SAO
I 18:59:02 Write Speed: MAX
I 18:59:02 Lock Volume: Yes
I 18:59:02 Test Mode: No
I 18:59:02 OPC: No
I 18:59:02 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 18:59:03 Write Speed Successfully Set! - Effective: 7,056 KB/s (40x)
I 18:59:03 Advanced Settings - Force HT: N/A, Online HT: N/A, OverSpeed: N/A, SmartBurn: Yes
I 18:59:03 Filling Buffer... (80 MiB)
I 18:59:07 Writing LeadIn... (CD-TEXT)
W 18:59:59 Failed to Write Sectors -11634 - -10953 - Reason: Power Calibration Area Error
W 18:59:59 Retrying (1 of 20)...
W 19:00:29 Retry Failed - Reason: Write Error
W 19:00:29 Retrying (2 of 20)...
W 19:00:52 Retry Failed - Reason: Write Error
W 19:00:52 Retrying (3 of 20)...
W 19:01:33 Retry Failed - Reason: Write Error
W 19:01:34 Retrying (4 of 20)...
I 19:01:40 Abort Request Acknowledged
W 19:02:25 Retry Failed - Reason: Write Error
W 19:02:25 Retrying (5 of 20)...
I 19:02:25 Synchronising Cache...
W 19:02:29 User opted to skip the 'Close Track/Session/Disc' functions.
E 19:02:29 Failed to Write Image!
E 19:02:29 Operation Aborted! - Duration: 00:03:27
I 19:02:29 Average Write Rate: N/A - Maximum Write Rate: N/A
 

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as said there is the media discs to eliminate and though the burning speed has been mentioned, i see it was set to burn to max (x40). burning speed can be set lower to test purposes.
I 18:59:03 Write Speed Successfully Set! - Effective: 7,056 KB/s (40x)
beyond the burn speed the romdrive also has an emphasis to use +r disc rather then -r media. i use verbatim or 8x Taiyo Yuden or even sony disks as a brand and try to avoid junk media.

its not unknown for 50-count spindles to have bad batches.also, the message is, being that lighter dyes are less 'skippy' imo.
 

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Well, unfortunately I don't have any other discs to try. I have another PC that I can burn discs with, and these drives aren't that expensive. I'm giving up on it. Thanks a lot for all of your help, I really appreciate your time.
 

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Well, unfortunately I don't have any other discs to try. I have another PC that I can burn discs with, and these drives aren't that expensive. I'm giving up on it. Thanks a lot for all of your help, I really appreciate your time.
your welcome :)
 
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