HELP: burner does not burn dvd's anymore

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Sailor, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. Sailor

    Sailor Guest


    I have a strange problem. Suddenly my HP DVD Writer 100 is very sporatic in
    burning DVD's (whether authoring or just archiving). It tells me the burn
    was successful but when I try to play the disk back anywhere or just read
    it from the computer it just doesn't see it. Over the past few years I've
    done hundreds of dvd's and have had a great success rate.

    First I thought it was a matter of getting a batch of bad disks but I tried
    a couple of different brands (one of which was the one I've used for a
    couple of years), and I got the same result.

    Also, CD's burn fine. Incidentally, it plays DVD's and CD's just fine too.

    I haven't changed any settings either.

    As I said, it's sporatic. Sometimes burns will be successful, other times
    it fails...

    Has anyone had a similar problem, or any ideas on wht the problem is? If
    it's the burner itself, it's cool. I don't really have an emotional
    attachment to the HP burner :)

    Anyway, again... Thanks in advance for any and all help!

    Sailor, Aug 21, 2006
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Odds are that the burner is dying. It'll still burn CDs because the laser
    output required is not as high as it is for a DVD. And playback demands are
    lower as well.

    Mike Kujbida, Aug 21, 2006
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  3. A brand new drive that will burn anything costs less than
    shipping your current one to be repaired. Just replace it
    and get on with the more interesting parts of your life.
    Richard Crowley, Aug 21, 2006
  4. Out of curiosity, what happens to the error rate when you reduce the
    burn speed from maximum to say 2-4x ?

    CDs have a much wider track pitch than DVD (and hence tolerance to
    error) due to the 8x less data, so a slight misalignment of the servos
    might not affect a CD write as much as a DVD write

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Aug 21, 2006
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    Sailor Guest

    Hello Neil:
    Actually I haven't tried that... I will though... thanks for the idea!!
    Sailor, Aug 22, 2006
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