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Never had a problem with Imgburn, good and stable program, does what it is supposed to quick and easy - so WHY WHY did I update to v.2.5.1.0 when my v2.5.0.0 was working so well!?

First out two wrecked discs, one burnt OK but the disc had strange stripes along the tracks - an uneven burn or something the surface was the same before I put the disc in. It didn't verify, next disc stopped at about 90% so I uninstalled (also got rid of the irritating Ask-stuff that I mistakenly added when installing) and installed the v2.5.0.0 again - same error on the third as the second though... I also noticed bands in the burnt area, a few mm of the same color when held in front of a lamp, center area having a uniform color and then increasingly lighter bands ... So it's likely I have a bad batch of discs I guess - and there's not much to do but to try another one and another one...

 

I ran the cleaning disc in it, and tried burning on a DVD-RW that I know there's nothing wrong with, I guess I'll be trying again.

 

:-(

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Hej! :)

 

Can you post a log of one of those burns with 2.5.1.0?

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I didn't change a single line of the code that does the burn stuff between 2.5.0.0 and 2.5.1.0, so whatever the issue is, it's not due to you upgrading.

 

In any case, the program just streams data to the drive. It has no real control over anything, that's down to the drive/firmware/media combo.

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Make sure you include a copy of the program's log in your post. No log = chair.gif

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Sorry, I didn't save the log and I went through five discs that burned up to 90% before write error occured, all had increasingly lighter "bands" where they were written to. Sixth disc worked right away, no strange patterns on the disc, same looking surface on all the burnt area.

 

So, I guess it's the discs, but thanks for the feedback, I'll see to it that I upgrade again then.

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No, there's only the log from the new installation of 2.5.0.0, sorry for spamming, but here goes:

 

 

; //****************************************\\

; ImgBurn Version 2.5.0.0 - Log

; fredag, 26 mars 2010, 18:14:45

; \\****************************************//

;

;

I 15:29:21 ImgBurn Version 2.5.0.0 started!

I 15:29:21 Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600 : Service Pack 3)

I 15:29:21 Total Physical Memory: 1 505 776 KB - Available: 979 972 KB

W 15:29:21 Drive E:\ (FAT32) does not support single files > 4 GB in size.

I 15:29:21 Initialising SPTI...

I 15:29:21 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...

I 15:29:21 Found 1 DVD-ROM and 1 DVD±RW/RAM!

I 15:30:16 Operation Started!

I 15:30:16 Source File: D:\****************

I 15:30:16 Source File Sectors: 1 986 931 (MODE1/2048)

I 15:30:16 Source File Size: 4 069 234 688 bytes

I 15:30:16 Source File Volume Identifier: ********

I 15:30:16 Source File Volume Set Identifier: 026A6CF4DVDSHRNK

I 15:30:16 Source File Implementation Identifier: DVD Shrink

I 15:30:16 Source File File System(s): ISO9660; UDF (1.02)

I 15:30:16 Destination Device: [2:0:0] Optiarc DVD RW AD-7203A 1.09 (F:) (ATA)

I 15:30:16 Destination Media Type: DVD-R (Disc ID: RITEKF1) (Speeds: 4x; 6x; 8x; 12x; 16x)

I 15:30:16 Destination Media Sectors: 2 298 496

I 15:30:16 Write Mode: DVD

I 15:30:16 Write Type: DAO

I 15:30:16 Write Speed: 4x

I 15:30:16 Link Size: Auto

I 15:30:16 Lock Volume: Yes

I 15:30:16 Test Mode: No

I 15:30:16 OPC: No

I 15:30:16 BURN-Proof: Enabled

I 15:30:16 Filling Buffer... (40 MB)

I 15:30:17 Writing LeadIn...

I 15:30:43 Writing Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 1986930)

I 15:30:43 Writing Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 1986930)

W 15:40:31 Failed to Write Sectors 1579616 - 1579647 - Reason: Write Error

W 15:40:31 Retrying (1 of 20)...

W 15:40:31 Retry Failed - Reason: Write Error

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W 15:40:31 Retry Failed - Reason: Write Error

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E 15:40:59 Failed to Write Sectors 1579616 - 1579647 - Reason: Write Error

I 15:40:59 Synchronising Cache...

W 15:41:02 User opted to skip the 'Close Track/Session/Disc' functions.

E 15:41:02 Failed to Write Image!

I 15:41:02 Exporting Graph Data...

I 15:41:02 Graph Data File: C:\Documents and Settings\HP_Ägaren.PILLAN.000\Application Data\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\Optiarc_DVD_RW_AD-7203A_1.09_DEN-26-MARS-2010_15-30_RITEKF1_4x.ibg

I 15:41:02 Export Successfully Completed!

E 15:41:02 Operation Failed! - Duration: 00:10:46

I 15:41:02 Average Write Rate: 5 136 KB/s (3.7x) - Maximum Write Rate: 5 616 KB/s (4.1x)

 

I 16:39:09 Operation Started!

I 16:39:09 Source Device: [2:0:0] Optiarc DVD RW AD-7203A 1.09 (F:) (ATA)

I 16:39:09 Source Media Type: DVD-R (Book Type: DVD-R) (Disc ID: RITEKF1) (Speeds: 4x; 6x; 8x; 12x; 16x)

I 16:39:09 Image File: D:\***********************

I 16:39:09 Image File Sectors: 1 986 931 (MODE1/2048)

I 16:39:09 Image File Size: 4 069 234 688 bytes

I 16:39:09 Image File Volume Identifier: ***********

I 16:39:09 Image File Volume Set Identifier: 026A6CF4DVDSHRNK

I 16:39:09 Image File Implementation Identifier: DVD Shrink

I 16:39:09 Image File File System(s): ISO9660; UDF (1.02)

I 16:39:09 Read Speed (Data/Audio): MAX / MAX

I 16:39:09 Verifying Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 1986930)

I 16:39:09 Verifying Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 1986930)

I 16:43:41 Exporting Graph Data...

I 16:43:41 Graph Data File: C:\Documents and Settings\HP_Ägaren.PILLAN.000\Application Data\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\Optiarc_DVD_RW_AD-7203A_1.09_DEN-26-MARS-2010_16-25_RITEKF1_4x.ibg

I 16:43:41 Export Successfully Completed!

I 16:43:41 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:04:32

I 16:43:41 Average Verify Rate: 14 663 KB/s (10.6x) - Maximum Verify Rate: 21 057 KB/s (15.2x)

I 16:45:06 Operation Started!

I 16:45:06 Source File: D:\****************

I 16:45:06 Source File Sectors: 2 028 808 (MODE1/2048)

I 16:45:06 Source File Size: 4 154 998 784 bytes

I 16:45:06 Source File Volume Identifier: CD30NNW1

I 16:45:06 Source File Volume Set Identifier: 02934B3CDVDSHRNK

I 16:45:06 Source File Implementation Identifier: DVD Shrink

I 16:45:06 Source File File System(s): ISO9660; UDF (1.02)

I 16:45:06 Destination Device: [2:0:0] Optiarc DVD RW AD-7203A 1.09 (F:) (ATA)

I 16:45:06 Destination Media Type: DVD-R (Disc ID: RITEKF1) (Speeds: 4x; 6x; 8x; 12x; 16x)

I 16:45:06 Destination Media Sectors: 2 298 496

I 16:45:06 Write Mode: DVD

I 16:45:06 Write Type: DAO

I 16:45:06 Write Speed: 4x

I 16:45:06 Link Size: Auto

I 16:45:06 Lock Volume: Yes

I 16:45:06 Test Mode: No

I 16:45:06 OPC: No

I 16:45:06 BURN-Proof: Enabled

I 16:45:06 Filling Buffer... (80 MB)

I 16:45:08 Writing LeadIn...

I 16:45:34 Writing Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 2028807)

I 16:45:34 Writing Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 2028807)

W 16:57:03 Failed to Write Sectors 1859776 - 1859807 - Reason: Write Error

W 16:57:03 Retrying (1 of 20)...

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E 16:57:33 Failed to Write Sectors 1859776 - 1859807 - Reason: Write Error

I 16:57:33 Synchronising Cache...

W 16:57:37 User opted to skip the 'Close Track/Session/Disc' functions.

E 16:57:37 Failed to Write Image!

I 16:57:37 Exporting Graph Data...

I 16:57:37 Graph Data File: C:\Documents and Settings\HP_Ägaren.PILLAN.000\Application Data\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\Optiarc_DVD_RW_AD-7203A_1.09_DEN-26-MARS-2010_16-45_RITEKF1_4x.ibg

I 16:57:37 Export Successfully Completed!

E 16:57:37 Operation Failed! - Duration: 00:12:31

I 16:57:37 Average Write Rate: 5 180 KB/s (3.7x) - Maximum Write Rate: 10 892 KB/s (7.9x)

I 16:59:54 Operation Started!

I 16:59:54 Source File: D:\*********************

I 16:59:54 Source File Sectors: 2 028 808 (MODE1/2048)

I 16:59:54 Source File Size: 4 154 998 784 bytes

I 16:59:54 Source File Volume Identifier: *************

I 16:59:54 Source File Volume Set Identifier: 02934B3CDVDSHRNK

I 16:59:54 Source File Implementation Identifier: DVD Shrink

I 16:59:55 Source File File System(s): ISO9660; UDF (1.02)

I 16:59:55 Destination Device: [2:0:0] Optiarc DVD RW AD-7203A 1.09 (F:) (ATA)

I 16:59:55 Destination Media Type: DVD-R (Disc ID: RITEKF1) (Speeds: 4x; 6x; 8x; 12x; 16x)

I 16:59:55 Destination Media Sectors: 2 298 496

I 16:59:55 Write Mode: DVD

I 16:59:55 Write Type: DAO

I 16:59:55 Write Speed: 2x

I 16:59:55 Link Size: Auto

I 16:59:55 Lock Volume: Yes

I 16:59:55 Test Mode: No

I 16:59:55 OPC: No

I 16:59:55 BURN-Proof: Enabled

W 16:59:55 Write Speed Miscompare! - Wanted: 2 770 KB/s (2x), Got: 5 540 KB/s (4x)

I 16:59:55 Filling Buffer... (80 MB)

I 16:59:56 Writing LeadIn...

I 17:00:23 Writing Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 2028807)

I 17:00:23 Writing Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 2028807)

W 17:11:57 Failed to Write Sectors 1860512 - 1860543 - Reason: Write Error

W 17:11:57 Retrying (1 of 20)...

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E 17:23:46 Failed to Write Sectors 1860512 - 1860543 - Reason: Write Error

I 17:23:46 Synchronising Cache...

W 17:23:49 User opted to skip the 'Close Track/Session/Disc' functions.

E 17:23:49 Failed to Write Image!

I 17:23:49 Exporting Graph Data...

I 17:23:49 Graph Data File: C:\Documents and Settings\HP_Ägaren.PILLAN.000\Application Data\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\Optiarc_DVD_RW_AD-7203A_1.09_DEN-26-MARS-2010_16-59_RITEKF1_2x.ibg

I 17:23:49 Export Successfully Completed!

E 17:23:49 Operation Failed! - Duration: 00:23:54

I 17:23:49 Average Write Rate: 2 652 KB/s (1.9x) - Maximum Write Rate: 6 535 KB/s (4.7x)

 

I 18:14:44 Close Request Acknowledged

I 18:14:44 Closing Down...

I 18:14:44 Shutting down SPTI...

I 18:14:44 ImgBurn closed!

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These are the supported speeds with that media

 

(Speeds: 4x; 6x; 8x; 12x; 16x)

Tried 8x?

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I lowered the speed to 2x the last burn to make sure it was not a speed problem, raising the speed when there's a possible problem rarely solves the problem, or does it?

 

I'll try 8x next time then, but as there are visible bands on the burnt area I'm assuming it's a disc problem, hopefully not in the whole 25-pack. I wrote to the manufacturer and supplied the serial numbers of the faulty discs. We'll see if I get an answer...

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What are these dips I get every 0,5GB, seems to be the same on successful burns as well:

 

zWXZ0.jpg

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Nice to know, about OPC, it's a test write and read in the lead-in - my log says OPC: No.

 

Could you elaborate on what you mean. ;-)

 

I have one of these:

http://www.sony-optiarc.eu/products/dvddrivesdesktoppcs/ad7203a.html

 

 

Weee - a successful write - in 4x, it feels like a lottery if it's going to work or not.

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I lowered the speed to 2x the last burn to make sure it was not a speed problem, raising the speed when there's a possible problem rarely solves the problem, or does it?

W 16:59:55 Write Speed Miscompare! - Wanted: 2 770 KB/s (2x), Got: 5 540 KB/s (4x)

When you selected 2x, you still got the 4x write speed.

 

Some burners are better to burn at a higher speed like 8x than the lowest one 4x.

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The burner pauses briefly during burning (i.e. the dips you see in the burn graph) to check if the burn quality is good and makes corrections if necessary. This is done by the drive/firmware and the software has no control over it.

 

The OPC option in ImgBurn's settings asks for the OPC information before burning, and if this errors out it could indicate incompatibilty between your burner/firmware/media combination, but in practice it proved to be not that reliable, so that's why it's disabled by default. Notice though that this option doesn't affect the burner's internal OPC.

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What are these dips I get every 0,5GB, seems to be the same on successful burns as well:

 

zWXZ0.jpg

Looks normal for a Nec/Optiarc writer. It "stops" the burning from time to time to check/calibrate the laser so it writes as good possible on the media. You also see that the buffer drops down to zero during that time.

 

OPC shouldn't an issue to enable for that burner. You can find that setting in the Write tab in the Settings.

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But the log says OPC: No, and isn't it supposed to do that when writing the lead-in, once...

 

Tried 8x, fail after 78%, same kind of bands in the written area. The successful write before it also has some of these bands of different color (it's very hard to get a good picture of it).

 

Trying another 8x write with OPC on...

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What's the name of the brand of those discs you are using?

 

The setting OPC:

 

Perform OPC before Write

 

Performing Optimum Power Calibration (OPC ) is a special technique used in newer CD/DVD recordable drives to perform a test write and read in an area inside of the lead-in, in order to determine the best laser power for recording and to adjust to each recordable disc, which may vary slightly from different manufacturers, or for other reasons.

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Traxdata DVD-R 16x (made by Ritek)

 

http://www.traxdata.com/printablemedia

 

 

Never had a problem with them before I think this is my fifth 25-pack. Yeah I know, they're rather cheap, but nice large printable surface and again, never had a problem before. I¨'m thinking I've just gotten a bad batch. Or perhaps I have gotten good batches before and they're usually bad. ;-)

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Another crap disk, struggled for a long time at 85% and then failed... 8x.

 

 

I guess I'll just run through it, take the faulty discs back to where I bought them and ask for a refund or a new pack (and try my luck again).

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Another four discs failed at 65-60%, I'm starting to suspect the burner giving up, and it's not even that old.

 

Is there any way to check it?

 

If I try burning a known good DVD-RW it works out OK every time.

 

 

I bought the burner 2008-12-10 and have burnt maybe one disc a week, average. For how many discs is a burner supposed to last. It wasn't an expensive unit, cost about €30.

 

Any recommendations if I want to get a new burner?

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So... another Optiarc, really?

 

Looks like that one is a SATA-drive also, I need an ATA (or IDE, it says either or in the specs on different pages).

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If I had been you I stayed with that burner you have and get discs from outside of Sweden instead.

 

If you bought those Traxdata in Sweden you can get high quality Verbatims for less money including shipping costs and avoid feeding Mr Borg with tax money.

 

If you bought a 50p Traxdata at Clas Ohlsson you paid 369 kr = 7:38 kr/disc

Price abroad for a 50p Verbatim is 118:44 kr = 2:37 kr/disc

 

If you place a small order you can add 90 kr in shipping costs. Still cheaper even if you just buy one 50p spindle.

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I like the all white printable surface on those and I usually pick up a 25-pack at the store, they cost 189SEK - delivery time is zero and it's not a lot of money, and as I've said before I never had a problem with them before.

 

Do you have any good link to one of these abroad sellers?

These seem affordable:

http://se.wesellcd.dk/index.php?page=products&product_id=1494

273 SEK with shipping... with DHL, I imagine I have to pick them up at my closest DHL place - in the neighbor village... Shipping with Posten is another 50 SEK which makes it 323 SEK - 6,46 per disc...

 

I guess it might be worth it however, since they are still considered the highest quality discs.

 

 

I don't want to mess with a faulty DVD-burner though, even if it has life left - can the quality of the burns be trusted if it can't burn on lower quality discs?

I was thinking about getting a Samsung SH-S222A...

 

 

EDIT: Polkapig was 298 SEK, strange thing though is that on the English page they are called "full printable" and on the Swedish they're only called "printable". I'd hate to get those that have VERBATIM DVD-R printed in large shiny letters around the hub, but if you can trust the picture of the package (which I have learned you often can't) they are printable up to a few mm from the center.

Edited by e5frog

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Full-face printable -R 50p Verbatim is 142:61 kr + 70 kr in shipping costs = 212,61 kr = 4:25 kr/disc

 

http://www.sweburn.com/product.php?productid=18&cat=3&page=2

 

Schenker delivers to a grocery store or a gas station near you in 3-4 labour days. If you add additional 34 kr you can have the delivery to your door step with DHL.

 

http://www.sweburn.com/home.php (Click on the Swedish flag in the upper right corner and you get the prices in SEK).

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