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Correctable uncorrectable L-EC read errors?


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#1 dbminter

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 07:03 PM

Got this at the layer change on a Verify of a burn in my LG BD burner.

 

 

W 12:17:21 Failed to Read Sectors 1914032 - 1914063 - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error

 

 

However, the Verify continued on without a problem.

 

 

So, is it possible for "uncorrectable" errors to correct themselves?

 

 

It seems nothing was wrong as I ran a Verify against the image file in a different drive and there was nothing that indicated anything wrong on the Pioneer.  And I played the entire contents, without a problem at the layer change.

 

 

So, it seems everything was all right.  But, if "uncorrectable" errors can correct themselves, why are they called uncorrectable errors?  :unknown:  Is it because a retry was done and the retry itself didn't fail?  Because there were no repeated failures of retries to the point where ImgBurn gives up, it's not considered an "error?"



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 07:21 PM

The program usually asks the drive to return 32 sectors worth of data at a time - it's quicker. If that request fails, it asks for 1 sector at a time from the same range to try and read as much as possible and find the actual bad sector. It's possible (as is the case here) that the drive manages to read the 'problem' sector(s) when asked to read them again. So think of it as a built in 'retry' mechanism - but it's not a real 'retry' and doesn't get logged as such.

 

I'd still be a little curious as to how well that disc actually burnt though and how readable it is. PIPO scan it if you're so inclined.


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 07:36 PM

Should I be worried about this being more than a fluke?  I burned another MKM DVD+R DL immediately after the one in question and got no notices at all from the LG.  I did a Verify against the image, and have played the entire movie from beginning to end on a PS3.  The only thing not tested yet is the rest of the 2nd audio stream I'm playing and then the last audio stream of the disc.

 

 

IF I can remember :wink: I'll see about getting a PIPO scan for you.  You'll have to interpret it for me as I STILL can't read the damn things!  =))



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 11:15 PM

If you know which file is affected you can compare hash of both files, the original one in the hard disk and the other one in the disc.That's what I checked additionally with my last burns, related to the problem I'm having with Mediarange BD-R DL. I used 'Hashtools', very nice program.

 

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 02:05 AM

I could do that, but in this case I don't think it would point out any problem with the actual disc quality.  The files Verify and play fine so it would probably pass a hash comparison as the files are not corrupted.  What might be a problem down the road with PIPO or any other type of jitter may be that the disc fails to read at all sooner than it should.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 07:23 PM

I'm running a PI/PIF scan in DVDInfo now.  Now, I don't do these, well, hardly ever.  I can't remember the last time I did one.  And I don't know if it was on a DVD+R DL.  It's been running for about an hour and a half is only 54% done.  It seemed to complete 50% in the first half hour and is now still running.  How long should such a test take on a DVD+R DL?  It's only like 6 GB full, I think.  Is this an indication it's finding a lot of problems because of how long it's taking?  Or is it simply that these tests take a long time to run?



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 07:53 PM

I think something is wrong with this scan in the Pioneer.  The drive was making a sound while the scan was running.  It then stopped making noise.  The drive light is still solid, but there's no sound coming from the drive.  It's also been stuck at 55% for the past half hour.  Even if the scan IS still running, it will take forever for it complete at this rate.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 07:56 PM

I cancelled the scan in the Pioneer and will reattempt it in the LG.  Here's the results that came through, though, from the scan I stopped.

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 07:58 PM

Ah, and of damn well course, the LG drive isn't supported!  :rolleyes:  Well, there's nothing else I can do but try the ASUS USB drive, which probably won't be supported, either.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 08:01 PM

I can, of course, predict the future in most cases, just as I did with the ASUS drive.  >:p

 

 

So, there's nothing I can do.  The Pioneer scan will probably never complete and will just wear out the drive in the attempt.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 08:07 PM

I've decided to run a scan on the 2nd DVD+R DL disc I burned right after this first one I tried testing.  See how that goes.  If it goes at a speed where it will actually COMPLETE :wink: I'll see what the results of that are.  That 2nd disc had no returned errors in the burn and verify log.  If they seem to be good, I think, to be on the safe side, I'll try a 2nd burn of this first disc.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 08:45 PM

SOMETHING is wrong SOMEWHERE, it seems. 

 

 

Either the LG is not burning quality discs or the Pioneer is not reading them right in the PIPO tests.  Everything goes rapidly until the 2nd layer, it seems, because at 50%, the test rate slows to the point where it probably can NEVER complete.  It's been at 52% for the past 10 minutes.  Since it's not even DONE a full percent in 10 minutes, it will take probably at least 480 minutes for this scan to complete!  :o  And it probably most likely never will complete.

 

 

Attached is the results for the 2nd DVD+R DL that I stopped at somewhere between 52% and 53%, as it never made it to 53%.

 

 

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 08:48 PM

I think I'll try letting this 2nd DVD+R DL go overnight.  I don't know how long these scans are supposed to take, but if it's not complete after 15 to 20 hours, it probably WON'T get done.  Simple as that.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 09:45 PM

Now HOW can this be?!  I started the test again on the 1st DVD+R DL and got a RADICALLY different result! 

 

 

It's not done yet, but at 53%, the PI total is now 75526, nearly 40,000 times the first test!  :eyebrow:  Quality rating of 1%, where it was 87 before!  :rolleyes:

 

 

So, what the Hell am I supposed to believe?  Test one or test two?  :unsure:

 

 

I've stopped this test and started it again.  If I get the same standard deviation of 40,000, I say screw these tests.  People put TOO much concern into them.  As long as I'm using quality media, which I am, as long as the discs play, as long as the Verify against the source image in a different drive didn't return any issues, I saw screw it!  How can I trust these tests when there's no consistency between them?  And they may never even complete on the 2nd layer!  :outcold:



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 09:57 PM

Yeah, 46.87 percent quality this time on the 2nd disc which had a 98 before the first time.  These tests are unreliable, so screw them.



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Posted 11 February 2017 - 12:00 AM

You do need the right hardware for scanning really. A LiteOn drive is what I use as they're still readily available and I have a fair few of them.
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Posted 11 February 2017 - 02:08 AM

That would be the only reason for me to get a LiteOn drive.  LiteOn's have a tendency to add random pauses in DVD Video image burns on playback that are not layer breaks.

 

 

In fact, I think the last time I probably did a PIPO scan was back when I still bought LiteOns.  So, it probably was with a LiteOn.



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Posted 11 February 2017 - 06:14 PM

So, you're saying I can probably ignore these far distant results for these scans because the drive isn't a LiteOn?



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Posted 11 February 2017 - 06:51 PM

I haven't scanned with anything else for a long time, so I wouldn't know how accurate the results were or how they compare to what a LiteOn would report.

 

So if you don't have a LiteOn to do it with, don't worry about it - especially if they won't even get through a complete scan without getting stuck :)


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Posted 11 February 2017 - 07:04 PM

Yeah, I'd say because of the radically different range of results I was getting on the same disc with different scan attempts in the LiteOn coupled with the fact that the scan would probably never complete on the 2nd layer, it's probably safe to say to ignore the results of the Pioneer PIPO scans.






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