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#1 SavOak

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 05:48 AM

This is the first error that shows up in every log of every BD-R disk I've tried to burn since mid-October 2016. The burn starts, reserving track and writing lead in, but then the speed never goes above 1x (it's set to 4x) and quickly goes to 0. This has happened to 30+ disks recently, but only after successfully burning 100's of BD-Rs, and nothing changed - except for Windows updates.

 

I use an Asus ROG (very fast) laptop with USB 3 and now 2x 5 1/4" external enclosures because I recently got a new drive. (Note that I only use one at a time, however). The issue started on an Asus BW-12B1ST and continues on the recently purchased Asus BW-16D1HT. I know Asus aren't the preferred drives in this forum (even though both of these were manufactured by LG, I think), but I had excellent results with the first one after doing a firmware update a couple of years ago. I've tried changing cables, changing enclosures, and changing drives, but always get the same result:

 

I 19:08:25 ImgBurn Version 2.5.8.0 started!
I 19:08:25 Microsoft Windows 8 Core x64 Edition (6.2, Build 9200)
I 19:08:25 Total Physical Memory: 25,117,908 KiB  -  Available: 16,110,788 KiB
I 19:08:25 Initialising SPTI...
I 19:08:25 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...
I 19:08:25 -> Drive 1 - Info: Slimtype DVD A  DS8A8SH KAA3 (E:) (SATA)
I 19:10:12 -> Drive 2 - Info: ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.00 (G:) (USB 2.0)
I 19:10:12 Found 1 DVD±RW/RAM and 1 BD-RE XL!
I 19:15:52 Operation Started!
I 19:15:52 Building Image Tree...
I 19:15:52 Calculating Totals...
I 19:15:52 Preparing Image...
I 19:15:52 Contents: 34 Files, 9 Folders
I 19:15:52 Content Type: Data
I 19:15:52 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 19:15:52 File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 19:15:52 Volume Label: Morton Salt 20151217-3 (of 4)
I 19:15:52 Size: 24,429,781,585 bytes
I 19:15:52 Sectors: 11,928,623
I 19:15:52 Image Size: 24,430,837,760 bytes
I 19:15:52 Image Sectors: 11,929,120
I 19:15:52 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:00
I 19:16:00 Operation Started!
I 19:16:00 Building Image Tree...
I 19:16:00 Calculating Totals...
I 19:16:00 Preparing Image...
I 19:16:01 Contents: 34 Files, 9 Folders
I 19:16:01 Content Type: Data
I 19:16:01 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 19:16:01 File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 19:16:01 Volume Label: _client_name_ 20151217-3 (of 4)
I 19:16:01 Size: 24,429,781,585 bytes
I 19:16:01 Sectors: 11,928,623
I 19:16:01 Image Size: 24,430,837,760 bytes
I 19:16:01 Image Sectors: 11,929,120
I 19:16:05 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:04
I 19:16:05 Operation Started!
I 19:16:05 Source File: -==/\/[BUILD IMAGE]\/\==-
I 19:16:05 Source File Sectors: 11,929,120 (MODE1/2048)
I 19:16:05 Source File Size: 24,430,837,760 bytes
I 19:16:05 Source File Volume Identifier: _client_name_ 20151217-3 (of 4)
I 19:16:05 Source File Volume Set Identifier: 499699FD00B605AF
I 19:16:05 Source File Application Identifier: ImgBurn v2.5.8.0
I 19:16:05 Source File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn
I 19:16:05 Source File File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 19:16:05 Destination Device: [0:0:0] ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.00 (G:) (USB)
I 19:16:05 Destination Media Type: BD-R (Disc ID: UMEBDR-016-000)
I 19:16:05 Destination Media Supported Write Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x
I 19:16:05 Destination Media Sectors: 12,219,392
I 19:16:05 Write Mode: BD
I 19:16:05 Write Type: DAO
I 19:16:05 Write Speed: 4x
I 19:16:05 Hardware Defect Management Active: No
I 19:16:05 BD-R Verify Not Required: Yes
I 19:16:05 Link Size: Auto
I 19:16:05 Lock Volume: Yes
I 19:16:05 Test Mode: No
I 19:16:05 OPC: No
I 19:16:05 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 19:16:08 Write Speed Successfully Set! - Effective: 17,984 KB/s (4x)
I 19:16:23 Filling Buffer... (80 MiB)
I 19:16:24 Writing LeadIn...
I 19:16:25 Writing Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 11929119)
I 19:16:25 Writing Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 11929119)
W 19:16:26 Failed to Write Sectors 7904 - 7935 - Reason: The semaphore timeout period has expired.
W 19:16:26 Retrying (1 of 20)...
W 19:17:24 Retry Failed - Reason: The semaphore timeout period has expired.
W 19:17:24 Retrying (2 of 20)...

 

At this point the program hangs and I can't get it to abort - not until I physically remove the USB cable. Even if I reboot the machine the drive keeps "writing", although it's not really writing the files...

 

I've updated and re-installed every possible driver that would have an influence on it. I thought for a while that my machine might not have been recognizing the enclosure as a USB 3 model and that might be causing a bottleneck, but that's not the case with the new enclosure and the16D1HT drive at all, and once I found out where to check it, that wasn't the issue anyway.

 

Out of other options, I tried burning a disk with the included CyberLink PowerBackup software, and amazingly it worked. I successfully burned a BD-R and also restored it successfully. The files all compared OK.

 

I'd much prefer using ImgBurn, so that I have direct access to individual files, but it seems something happened suddenly that I can't explain. I've read many of the posts in this forum that talk about chipset driver issues, but that wasn't something that changed. Why would ImgBurn suddenly start having trouble with the drives and CyberLink not?

 



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Posted 23 December 2016 - 10:17 AM

Boot into safe mode and see if you have the same issue.

It's weird that something (Windows or a driver) is timing out after such a short period of time to begin with - literally, 1 second - and then after about 1 minute following the first 'retry'. That doesn't make much sense.

There isn't much I can do with I/O comms issues I'm afraid. ImgBurn just submits commands and waits for a response.
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Posted 23 December 2016 - 07:29 PM

I tried it in Safe Mode, with similar results. Only difference is that I thought it was going to be OK - almost reached 4x speed at the beginning of the burn, but then stopped after about 3%. This time the program hung on the second retry:

 

I 12:16:30 ImgBurn Version 2.5.8.0 started!
I 12:16:30 Microsoft Windows 8 Core x64 Edition (6.2, Build 9200, Safe Mode)
I 12:16:30 Total Physical Memory: 25,117,908 KiB  -  Available: 24,083,608 KiB
E 12:16:30 Failed to check for ImgBurn update!
I 12:16:30 Initialising SPTI...
I 12:16:30 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...
I 12:16:30 -> Drive 1 - Info: ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.00 (G:) (USB 2.0)
I 12:16:30 -> Drive 2 - Info: Slimtype DVD A  DS8A8SH KAA3 (E:) (SATA)
I 12:16:30 Found 1 DVD±RW/RAM and 1 BD-RE XL!
I 12:19:12 Operation Started!
I 12:19:12 Building Image Tree...
I 12:19:12 Checking Directory Depth...
I 12:19:12 Calculating Totals...
I 12:19:12 Preparing Image...
I 12:19:13 Checking Path Length...
I 12:19:13 Contents: 372 Files, 33 Folders
I 12:19:13 Content Type: Data
I 12:19:13 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 12:19:13 File System(s): ISO9660, UDF (1.02)
I 12:19:13 Volume Label: [Not Configured]
I 12:19:13 Size: 24,901,550,282 bytes
I 12:19:13 Sectors: 12,159,168
I 12:19:13 Image Size: 24,903,548,928 bytes
I 12:19:13 Image Sectors: 12,159,936
I 12:19:13 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:00
I 12:33:55 Operation Started!
I 12:33:55 Building Image Tree...
I 12:33:55 Calculating Totals...
I 12:33:55 Preparing Image...
I 12:33:56 Contents: 372 Files, 33 Folders
I 12:33:56 Content Type: Data
I 12:33:56 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 12:33:56 File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 12:33:56 Volume Label: _private_ 20160914,0921,0924,0928,1001,1005,1008_1
I 12:33:56 Size: 24,901,550,282 bytes
I 12:33:56 Sectors: 12,159,168
I 12:33:56 Image Size: 24,904,597,504 bytes
I 12:33:56 Image Sectors: 12,160,448
I 12:34:03 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:07
I 12:34:03 Operation Started!
I 12:34:03 Source File: -==/\/[BUILD IMAGE]\/\==-
I 12:34:03 Source File Sectors: 12,160,448 (MODE1/2048)
I 12:34:03 Source File Size: 24,904,597,504 bytes
I 12:34:03 Source File Volume Identifier: _private_ 20160914,0921,0924,0928,1001,1005,1008_1
I 12:34:03 Source File Volume Set Identifier: 4997643B00B98BC0
I 12:34:03 Source File Application Identifier: ImgBurn v2.5.8.0
I 12:34:03 Source File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn
I 12:34:03 Source File File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 12:34:03 Destination Device: [0:0:0] ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.00 (G:) (USB)
I 12:34:03 Destination Media Type: BD-R (Disc ID: UMEBDR-016-000)
I 12:34:03 Destination Media Supported Write Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x
I 12:34:03 Destination Media Sectors: 12,219,392
I 12:34:03 Write Mode: BD
I 12:34:03 Write Type: DAO
I 12:34:03 Write Speed: 4x
I 12:34:03 Hardware Defect Management Active: No
I 12:34:03 BD-R Verify Not Required: Yes
I 12:34:03 Link Size: Auto
I 12:34:03 Lock Volume: Yes
I 12:34:03 Test Mode: No
I 12:34:03 OPC: No
I 12:34:03 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 12:34:03 Write Speed Successfully Set! - Effective: 17,984 KB/s (4x)
I 12:34:18 Filling Buffer... (80 MiB)
I 12:34:19 Writing LeadIn...
I 12:34:20 Writing Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 12160447)
I 12:34:20 Writing Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 12160447)
W 12:35:13 Failed to Write Sectors 458336 - 458367 - Reason: The semaphore timeout period has expired.
W 12:35:13 Retrying (1 of 20)...
W 12:36:11 Retry Failed - Reason: The semaphore timeout period has expired.
W 12:36:11 Retrying (2 of 20)...

 

 

I tried again thinking that it might have something to do with the UDF version, but of course it didn't:

 

 

I 13:12:57 ImgBurn Version 2.5.8.0 started!
I 13:12:57 Microsoft Windows 8 Core x64 Edition (6.2, Build 9200)
I 13:12:57 Total Physical Memory: 25,117,908 KiB  -  Available: 22,261,024 KiB
I 13:12:57 Initialising SPTI...
I 13:12:57 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...
I 13:12:57 -> Drive 1 - Info: ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.00 (G:) (USB 2.0)
I 13:12:57 -> Drive 2 - Info: Slimtype DVD A  DS8A8SH KAA3 (E:) (SATA)
I 13:12:57 Found 1 DVD±RW/RAM and 1 BD-RE XL!
I 13:15:16 Operation Started!
I 13:15:16 Building Image Tree...
I 13:15:17 Calculating Totals...
I 13:15:17 Preparing Image...
I 13:15:17 Contents: 372 Files, 33 Folders
I 13:15:17 Content Type: Data
I 13:15:17 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 13:15:17 File System(s): UDF (1.02)
I 13:15:17 Volume Label: sundrops 20160914,0921,0924,0928,1001,1005,1008_1
I 13:15:17 Size: 24,901,550,282 bytes
I 13:15:17 Sectors: 12,159,168
I 13:15:17 Image Size: 24,903,483,392 bytes
I 13:15:17 Image Sectors: 12,159,904
I 13:15:17 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:00
I 13:15:32 Operation Started!
I 13:15:32 Building Image Tree...
I 13:15:32 Calculating Totals...
I 13:15:32 Preparing Image...
I 13:15:32 Contents: 372 Files, 33 Folders
I 13:15:32 Content Type: Data
I 13:15:32 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 13:15:32 File System(s): UDF (1.02)
I 13:15:32 Volume Label: _private_ 20160914,0921,0924,0928,1001,1005,1008_1
I 13:15:32 Size: 24,901,550,282 bytes
I 13:15:33 Sectors: 12,159,168
I 13:15:33 Image Size: 24,903,483,392 bytes
I 13:15:33 Image Sectors: 12,159,904
I 13:15:36 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:03
I 13:15:36 Operation Started!
I 13:15:36 Source File: -==/\/[BUILD IMAGE]\/\==-
I 13:15:36 Source File Sectors: 12,159,904 (MODE1/2048)
I 13:15:36 Source File Size: 24,903,483,392 bytes
I 13:15:36 Source File Volume Identifier: _private_ 20160914,0921,0924,0928,1001,1005,1008_1
I 13:15:36 Source File Volume Set Identifier: 499769F000B98B81
I 13:15:36 Source File Application Identifier: ImgBurn v2.5.8.0
I 13:15:36 Source File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn
I 13:15:36 Source File File System(s): UDF (1.02)
I 13:15:36 Destination Device: [0:0:0] ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.00 (G:) (USB)
I 13:15:36 Destination Media Type: BD-R (Disc ID: UMEBDR-016-000)
I 13:15:36 Destination Media Supported Write Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x
I 13:15:36 Destination Media Sectors: 12,219,392
I 13:15:36 Write Mode: BD
I 13:15:36 Write Type: DAO
I 13:15:36 Write Speed: 4x
I 13:15:36 Hardware Defect Management Active: No
I 13:15:36 BD-R Verify Not Required: Yes
I 13:15:36 Link Size: Auto
I 13:15:36 Lock Volume: Yes
I 13:15:36 Test Mode: No
I 13:15:36 OPC: No
I 13:15:36 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 13:15:36 Write Speed Successfully Set! - Effective: 17,984 KB/s (4x)
I 13:15:51 Filling Buffer... (80 MiB)
I 13:15:52 Writing LeadIn...
I 13:15:54 Writing Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 12159903)
I 13:15:54 Writing Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 12159903)
W 13:16:33 Failed to Write Sectors 341120 - 341151 - Reason: The semaphore timeout period has expired.
W 13:16:33 Retrying (1 of 20)...
I 13:16:57 Abort Request Acknowledged
W 13:17:02 Retry Failed - Reason: The semaphore timeout period has expired.
E 13:17:02 Failed to Write Sectors 341120 - 341151 - Reason: The semaphore timeout period has expired.

 

 

Hangs again, until I physically disconnect the USB drive, then reconnect:

 

W 13:17:02 Device Removal Detected!
W 13:17:02 The device list will be refreshed at the next available opportunity.
I 13:17:02 Synchronising Cache...
W 13:17:02 Synchronise Cache Failed! - Reason: The specified network resource or device is no longer available.
W 13:17:04 Device Arrival Detected!
W 13:17:04 The device list will be refreshed at the next available opportunity.
W 13:17:07 Synchronise Cache Failed! - Reason: The specified network resource or device is no longer available.
W 13:17:09 User opted to skip the 'Close Track/Session/Disc' functions.
E 13:17:09 Failed to Write Image!
I 13:17:10 Exporting Graph Data...
I 13:17:10 Graph Data File: _private_\AppData\Roaming\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\ASUS_BW-16D1HT_3.00_FRIDAY-DECEMBER-23-2016_1-15_PM_UMEBDR-016-000_4x.ibg
I 13:17:10 Export Successfully Completed!
E 13:17:10 Operation Failed! - Duration: 00:01:33
I 13:17:10 Average Write Rate: 10,032 KiB/s (2.3x) - Maximum Write Rate: 17,915 KiB/s (4.1x)
I 13:17:10 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...
I 13:17:10 -> Drive 1 - Info: Slimtype DVD A  DS8A8SH KAA3 (E:) (SATA)
I 13:17:11 -> Drive 2 - Info: ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.00 (F:) (USB 2.0)
I 13:17:11 Found 1 DVD±RW/RAM and 1 BD-RE XL!
 

 

The directory structure and filenames are written to the disk, and whatever files do get written are OK.I can't imagin e what is going on, but it only seems to be a problem for ImgBurn. BurnAware Free also works OK. I guess I'll just try it again when I mount one of the drives in a different computer.



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Posted 24 December 2016 - 12:06 AM

You'll have to try a different I/O interface.

That could mean installing another program that installs one of the supported ones.
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Posted 24 December 2016 - 01:44 AM

Not sure I know exactly what you're be referring to. Are you talking about software that would install a different USB 3 driver? Or do you mean something like eSATA? I wish I had that on this machine, but I don't. Maybe there's some way I can use the Thunderbolt port, I'm reluctant to buy a Blu-Ray burner to install in place of the OEM DVD multi-writer, which is on the SATA bus, because I'm looking forward to upgrading to a more current model with Thunderbolt 3 this year.

 

The system uses the "Intel® USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller - Microsoft", which I've already uninstalled and reinstalled. The one other suggestion that I haven't tried was reinstalling the USB drivers in Windows 8.1 compatibility mode, but I was running Windows 10 on this machine for over a year without any problems.

 

It's just strange.

 

I'll post again if I can get something figured out, in case anyone else has this issue.



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Posted 24 December 2016 - 01:52 AM

I think what lightning means it's installing something that installs an io controller. Like virtual clone drive from elaborate bytes (free) which installs elbycdio.dll that can then be selected in IMGBurn, or daemon tools (which installs sptd but I nor ImgBurn like that one very much). See if that makes any difference, an io controller is completely different from the physical connection the drive uses. The USB driver is also a different component to the overall equation.

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Posted 24 December 2016 - 01:55 AM

@Ch3vr0n

 

Thanks for the clarification; I wasn't aware of that. I'll give it a try when I have time after the holidays and report back.



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Posted 24 December 2016 - 02:15 AM

If you'll look in your logs you'll see a line referring 'SPTI', that's the default one and issued by Microsoft in Windows. Elbycdio is about and sptd yet another.

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 04:55 AM

Excellent suggestion. I don't know what MS did to screw SPTI up for me, but switching to Elbycdio did the trick. ImgBurn and the drive have been working fine as of late. Right after I made the switch, the program would sometimes hang when it was calculating the image size (or getting ready to burn the disk), giving me a message about having to terminate a process. That only lasted for about 30 or 60 seconds, then it would proceed. After a few reboots and another Windows 10 update, I'm having no problems at all. Thanks for the tip!






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