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DarK HawK
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Hello guys,

 

I've got some weird problems, I think that these 2 drives are dead.

 

The first drive is a BenQ DW1800, I crossflashed it a while ago to 20A4P 9P57 firmware, and it was working fine until I updated the firmware to 9P57 and tried to burn a disc at 20X speed, after that it's dead.

 

Here is the log from the last attempted burn (I restored the original EPPROM and reverted back to the original firmware):

 

I 23:06:18 Operation Started!

I 23:06:18 Building Image Tree...

I 23:06:19 Checking Directory Depth...

I 23:06:19 Calculating Totals...

I 23:06:19 Preparing Image...

I 23:06:19 Checking Path Length...

I 23:06:19 Contents: 20 Files, 0 Folders

I 23:06:19 Size: 4,637,454,336 bytes

I 23:06:19 Sectors: 2,264,382

I 23:06:19 Image Size: 4,638,048,256 bytes

I 23:06:19 Image Sectors: 2,264,672

I 23:06:19 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:01

I 23:06:19 Operation Started!

I 23:06:19 Source File: -==/\/[bUILD IMAGE]\/\==-

I 23:06:19 Source File Sectors: 2,264,672 (MODE1/2048)

I 23:06:19 Source File Size: 4,638,048,256 bytes

I 23:06:19 Source File Volume Identifier:

I 23:06:19 Source File Application Identifier: IMGBURN V2.4.0.0 - THE ULTIMATE IMAGE BURNER!

I 23:06:19 Source File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn

I 23:06:19 Source File File System(s): ISO9660, UDF (1.02)

I 23:06:19 Destination Device: [6:0:0] BENQ DVD DC DW1800 ZB37 (G:) (SCSI)

I 23:06:19 Destination Media Type: DVD-R (Disc ID: TYG03) (Speeds: 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x, 18x)

I 23:06:19 Destination Media Sectors: 2,297,888

I 23:06:19 Write Mode: DVD

I 23:06:19 Write Type: DAO

I 23:06:19 Write Speed: 16x

I 23:06:19 Link Size: Auto

I 23:06:19 Test Mode: No

I 23:06:19 OPC: Yes

I 23:06:19 BURN-Proof: Enabled

I 23:06:19 Advanced Settings - OverSpeed: No, Solid Burn (K/U): No / Yes, WOPC: No

W 23:07:20 Optimum Power Calibration Failed! - Reason: Power Calibration Area Is Full

I 23:07:20 Filling Buffer... (128 MB)

I 23:07:21 Writing LeadIn...

W 23:07:50 Failed to Write Sectors 0 - 31 - Power Calibration Area Is Full

W 23:07:50 Retrying (1 of 20)...

W 23:09:31 Retry Failed - Power Calibration Area Is Full

W 23:09:31 Retrying (2 of 20)...

W 23:10:03 Retry Failed - Power Calibration Area Is Full

W 23:10:03 Retrying (3 of 20)...

W 23:10:40 Retry Failed - Power Calibration Area Is Full

W 23:10:40 Retrying (4 of 20)...

W 23:11:08 Retry Failed - Power Calibration Area Is Full

W 23:11:08 Retrying (5 of 20)...

I 23:11:13 Abort Request Acknowledged

W 23:11:56 Retry Failed - Power Calibration Area Is Full

E 23:11:56 Failed to Write Sectors 0 - 31 - Power Calibration Area Is Full

I 23:11:56 Synchronising Cache...

W 23:12:02 User opted to skip the 'Close Track/Session/Disc' functions.

E 23:12:02 Failed to Write Image!

E 23:12:04 Operation Failed! - Duration: 00:05:42

I 23:12:04 Average Write Rate: N/A - Maximum Write Rate: N/A

 

 

The other drive is a LiteOn 20A1P on an external usb cable, and here is the log:

 

 

I 22:59:09 ImgBurn Version 2.4.0.0 started!

I 22:59:09 Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (6.0, Build 6000)

I 22:59:09 Total Physical Memory: 3,405,504 KB - Available: 2,232,980 KB

I 22:59:09 Initialising SPTI...

I 22:59:09 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...

I 22:59:10 Found 2 DVD-ROMs, 1 DVD±RW and 5 DVD±RW/RAMs!

I 22:59:27 Operation Started!

I 22:59:27 Building Image Tree...

I 22:59:27 Checking Directory Depth...

I 22:59:27 Calculating Totals...

I 22:59:27 Preparing Image...

I 22:59:27 Checking Path Length...

I 22:59:27 Contents: 20 Files, 0 Folders

I 22:59:27 Size: 4,637,454,336 bytes

I 22:59:27 Sectors: 2,264,382

I 22:59:27 Image Size: 4,638,048,256 bytes

I 22:59:27 Image Sectors: 2,264,672

I 22:59:27 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:00

I 22:59:37 Operation Started!

I 22:59:37 Building Image Tree...

I 22:59:40 Checking Directory Depth...

I 22:59:40 Calculating Totals...

I 22:59:40 Preparing Image...

I 22:59:40 Checking Path Length...

I 22:59:40 Contents: 20 Files, 0 Folders

I 22:59:40 Size: 4,637,454,336 bytes

I 22:59:40 Sectors: 2,264,382

I 22:59:40 Image Size: 4,638,048,256 bytes

I 22:59:40 Image Sectors: 2,264,672

I 22:59:40 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:02

I 22:59:40 Operation Started!

I 22:59:40 Source File: -==/\/[bUILD IMAGE]\/\==-

I 22:59:40 Source File Sectors: 2,264,672 (MODE1/2048)

I 22:59:40 Source File Size: 4,638,048,256 bytes

I 22:59:40 Source File Volume Identifier:

I 22:59:40 Source File Application Identifier: IMGBURN V2.4.0.0 - THE ULTIMATE IMAGE BURNER!

I 22:59:40 Source File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn

I 22:59:40 Source File File System(s): ISO9660, UDF (1.02)

I 22:59:40 Destination Device: [0:0:0] LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1P KL0N (J:) (USB)

I 22:59:40 Destination Media Type: DVD-R (Disc ID: TYG03) (Speeds: 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x, 18x, 20x)

I 22:59:40 Destination Media Sectors: 2,297,888

I 22:59:40 Write Mode: DVD

I 22:59:40 Write Type: DAO

I 22:59:40 Write Speed: 16x

I 22:59:40 Link Size: Auto

I 22:59:40 Test Mode: No

I 22:59:40 OPC: Yes

I 22:59:40 BURN-Proof: Enabled

I 22:59:40 Advanced Settings - Force HT: No, Online HT: No, OverSpeed: No, SmartBurn: Yes

W 22:59:42 Optimum Power Calibration Failed! - Reason: No Additional Sense Information

I 22:59:43 Filling Buffer... (128 MB)

I 22:59:44 Writing LeadIn...

W 23:02:02 Failed to Write Sectors 448 - 479 - The semaphore timeout period has expired.

W 23:02:03 Retrying (1 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Overlapped Commands Attempted

W 23:03:47 Retrying (2 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (3 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (4 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (5 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (6 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (7 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (8 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (9 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (10 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (11 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (12 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (13 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (14 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (15 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (16 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (17 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (18 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (19 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:47 Retrying (20 of 20)...

W 23:03:47 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:53 Retrying (21)...

W 23:03:53 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:54 Retrying (22)...

W 23:03:54 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:55 Retrying (23)...

W 23:03:55 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:56 Retrying (24)...

W 23:03:56 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:56 Retrying (25)...

W 23:03:56 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:57 Retrying (26)...

W 23:03:57 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

W 23:03:57 Retrying (27)...

W 23:03:57 Retry Failed - Command Sequence Error

E 23:03:58 Failed to Write Sectors 448 - 479 - The semaphore timeout period has expired.

I 23:03:58 Synchronising Cache...

W 23:04:08 User opted to skip the 'Close Track/Session/Disc' functions.

E 23:04:08 Failed to Write Image!

E 23:04:10 Operation Failed! - Duration: 00:04:28

I 23:04:10 Average Write Rate: 0 KB/s (0.0x) - Maximum Write Rate: 0 KB/s (0.0x)

 

 

Also both these takes a very long time to recognize the discs.

 

So are they dead, should I throw them both in the trash or is there something that can be done?

 

Thanks in advance.

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W 23:02:02 Failed to Write Sectors 448 - 479 - The semaphore timeout period has expired.

 

semaphore time outs are usually caused by the chip in the external case. Its possible the actuyal drive is OK, just the case its in needs changing.

a search on "semaphore timeout" might show which case's are the ones to avoid

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W 23:02:02 Failed to Write Sectors 448 - 479 - The semaphore timeout period has expired.

 

semaphore time outs are usually caused by the chip in the external case. Its possible the actuyal drive is OK, just the case its in needs changing.

a search on "semaphore timeout" might show which case's are the ones to avoid

 

This drive is not in an enclosure, it's hooked up to a card controller (jmicron chip) and it used to function correctly before I changed the firmware.

I had the idea of hooking the drive up directly to MB but I guess it won't make a difference since the MB controls the drive through a jmicron chip too.

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I tried hooking the LH-20A1P directly on the MB, well, It did burn 2 dvds, but it took the drive 2 minutes to recognize the disc and 3 minute to finish Synchronising Cache after two failed attempts.

 

The result DVDs are not readable on my BenQ 1655 (reads as blanks) while it reads on other LiteOn drives.

 

here is a Log:

 

I 01:05:55 ImgBurn Version 2.4.0.0 started!

I 01:05:55 Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (6.0, Build 6000)

I 01:05:55 Total Physical Memory: 3,405,504 KB - Available: 2,459,900 KB

I 01:05:56 Initialising SPTI...

I 01:05:56 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...

I 01:05:56 Found 2 DVD-ROMs, 1 DVD±RW and 4 DVD±RW/RAMs!

I 01:08:00 Operation Started!

I 01:08:00 Building Image Tree...

I 01:08:01 Checking Directory Depth...

I 01:08:01 Calculating Totals...

I 01:08:01 Preparing Image...

I 01:08:01 Checking Path Length...

I 01:08:01 Contents: 20 Files, 1 Folder

I 01:08:01 Size: 4,615,183,059 bytes

I 01:08:01 Sectors: 2,253,514

I 01:08:01 Image Size: 4,615,798,784 bytes

I 01:08:01 Image Sectors: 2,253,808

I 01:08:01 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:00

I 01:08:02 Operation Started!

I 01:08:02 Building Image Tree...

I 01:08:04 Checking Directory Depth...

I 01:08:04 Calculating Totals...

I 01:08:04 Preparing Image...

I 01:08:04 Checking Path Length...

I 01:08:04 Contents: 20 Files, 1 Folder

I 01:08:04 Size: 4,615,183,059 bytes

I 01:08:04 Sectors: 2,253,514

I 01:08:04 Image Size: 4,615,798,784 bytes

I 01:08:04 Image Sectors: 2,253,808

I 01:08:05 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:02

I 01:08:05 Operation Started!

I 01:08:05 Source File: -==/\/[bUILD IMAGE]\/\==-

I 01:08:05 Source File Sectors: 2,253,808 (MODE1/2048)

I 01:08:05 Source File Size: 4,615,798,784 bytes

I 01:08:05 Source File Volume Identifier:

I 01:08:05 Source File Application Identifier: IMGBURN V2.4.0.0 - THE ULTIMATE IMAGE BURNER!

I 01:08:05 Source File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn

I 01:08:05 Source File File System(s): ISO9660, UDF (1.02)

I 01:08:05 Destination Device: [6:0:0] LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1P KL0N (G:) (SCSI)

I 01:08:05 Destination Media Type: DVD-R (Disc ID: TYG03) (Speeds: 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x, 18x, 20x)

I 01:08:05 Destination Media Sectors: 2,297,888

I 01:08:05 Write Mode: DVD

I 01:08:05 Write Type: DAO

I 01:08:05 Write Speed: 16x

I 01:08:05 Link Size: Auto

I 01:08:05 Test Mode: No

I 01:08:05 OPC: Yes

I 01:08:05 BURN-Proof: Enabled

I 01:08:05 Advanced Settings - Force HT: No, Online HT: No, OverSpeed: No, SmartBurn: Yes

I 01:08:39 Filling Buffer... (128 MB)

I 01:08:41 Writing LeadIn...

I 01:08:50 Writing Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 2253807)

I 01:08:50 Writing Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 2253807)

I 01:13:43 Synchronising Cache...

 

W 01:15:55 Potential 'WaitImmediateIO' Deferred Error - (0/3) - Write Error

W 01:16:49 Synchronise Cache Failed! - Reason: Write Error

W 01:16:49 Retrying (2 of 3)...

 

I 01:16:50 Image MD5: d8b65486aa0f377a228cd19de22f1ed2

I 01:16:52 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:08:45

I 01:16:52 Average Write Rate: 15,384 KB/s (11.1x) - Maximum Write Rate: 22,201 KB/s (16.0x)

 

Is there anything to do to this drive?

 

I also tried to hook the DW1800 directly to MB instead through the card controller, but it still can't go past the "Retry Failed - Power Calibration Area Is Full".

 

The weird part is, 2 dead drives in the same time with the nearly the same symptoms, how lucky Am I? :)

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You might want to check the drives on a non jmicron controller or something before declaring them totally dead.

 

I gave up with the one on my board and stuck with using the sil 680 and sil 3512 PCI cards.

 

You could try 8x and 12x in the liteon too - and maybe even enable hyper tuning in the drive's advanced settings.

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You might want to check the drives on a non jmicron controller or something before declaring them totally dead.

 

I gave up with the one on my board and stuck with using the sil 680 and sil 3512 PCI cards.

 

You could try 8x and 12x in the liteon too - and maybe even enable hyper tuning in the drive's advanced settings.

 

I checked both the drives with another pc that is not controlled by a jmicron, and the result is the same.

 

The LiteOn drive now just blinks, the green lamb blinks whether there is media inside or not. I think I can now consider both the drives dead, right?

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