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LG GBW-H20L rejects Verbatim 97238 BD-Rs


Sebaz
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I have the LG GBW-H20L since 2009 and I successfully burned lots of BD-Rs except for Memorex which are a piece of junk and went rot three months after I burned them. But since that I have been buying Verbatim and I haven't had a single coaster. I also normally erase and burn a Sony BD-RE that I bought along with the burner.

 

Last I bought two packs of these Verbatim 25GB 6X BD-R 10 Packs Spindle Disc Model 97238, and to my surprise they don't work at all. The first showed an error at the start of the burning process:

 

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So I figured it was bad, and I tried another one. Same thing. I kept trying about five more and I got the same error message. So I wondered if the drive was bad, but I did a test with my Sony BD-RE and it went just fine.

 

As far as I can tell, the only difference between these and all the Verbatim I burned successfully is that these are 6x, but I checked the drive specs and it's supposed to be 2x-6x. I also checked the LG website but when I went to the support page for my drive, there's no firmware updates, or a way to download that tool that did the updates automatically. In fact the LG website is so crappy that I'm sure my next drive won't be LG, I just bought it back then because Circuit City had a great deal on it.

 

The weird thing is that I think Imgburn is not even touching the disc physically. All these discs that give me the error above, when I put them back, they still show as empty in the info window in Imgburn. Note that these discs are not the LTH models, which I never buy because I think they are not compatible with my drive.

 

If I click Retry it keeps doing the same over and over. When I click Cancel I get a couple more dialogs which I cancel too and that's it. I'll put the full log at the end of this message so you can all see and maybe someone knows why this is happening. Normally I would just email Newegg and tell them they're bad and I want to return them, but they were running a special on these and basically I got 40 BD-Rs for $30, which is a steal. If I return them and the only problem was that they were too new for my drive and eventually I end up having to buy a new burner, I lose that great deal. So can anybody give me a clue to what's going on? Here's the log:

 

I 13:05:51 ImgBurn Version 2.5.5.0 started!

I 13:05:51 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Edition (6.1, Build 7601 : Service Pack 1)

I 13:05:51 Total Physical Memory: 16,773,648 KB - Available: 13,241,320 KB

I 13:05:51 Initialising SPTI...

I 13:05:51 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...

I 13:05:51 -> Drive 1 - Info: HL-DT-ST BD-RE GBW-H20L YG01 (G:) (SATA)

I 13:05:51 -> Drive 2 - Info: PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-217D 1.06 (F:) (SATA)

I 13:05:51 Found 1 DVD±RW and 1 BD-RE!

I 13:06:08 Project Successfully Loaded!

I 13:06:08 File Name: D:\00000\Mark backup 01.ibb

I 13:06:09 Operation Started!

I 13:06:09 Building Image Tree...

I 13:06:09 Calculating Totals...

I 13:06:09 Preparing Image...

I 13:06:09 Contents: 95 Files, 12 Folders

I 13:06:09 Content Type: Data

I 13:06:09 Data Type: MODE1/2048

I 13:06:09 File System(s): UDF (2.50)

I 13:06:09 Volume Label: Mark backup 01

I 13:06:09 Size: 24,674,693,350 bytes

I 13:06:09 Sectors: 12,048,209

I 13:06:09 Image Size: 24,676,007,936 bytes

I 13:06:09 Image Sectors: 12,048,832

I 13:06:09 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:00

I 13:10:40 Operation Started!

I 13:10:40 Building Image Tree...

I 13:10:41 Calculating Totals...

I 13:10:41 Preparing Image...

I 13:10:41 Contents: 95 Files, 12 Folders

I 13:10:41 Content Type: Data

I 13:10:41 Data Type: MODE1/2048

I 13:10:41 File System(s): UDF (2.50)

I 13:10:41 Volume Label: Mark backup 01

I 13:10:41 Size: 24,674,693,350 bytes

I 13:10:41 Sectors: 12,048,209

I 13:10:41 Image Size: 24,676,007,936 bytes

I 13:10:41 Image Sectors: 12,048,832

I 13:10:42 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:01

I 13:10:42 Operation Started!

I 13:10:42 Source File: -==/\/[bUILD IMAGE]\/\==-

I 13:10:42 Source File Sectors: 12,048,832 (MODE1/2048)

I 13:10:42 Source File Size: 24,676,007,936 bytes

I 13:10:42 Source File Volume Identifier: Mark backup 01

I 13:10:42 Source File Volume Set Identifier: 3F5D695400B7D911

I 13:10:42 Source File Application Identifier: ImgBurn v2.5.5.0

I 13:10:42 Source File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn

I 13:10:43 Source File File System(s): UDF (2.50)

I 13:10:43 Destination Device: [8:0:0] HL-DT-ST BD-RE GBW-H20L YG01 (G:) (SATA)

I 13:10:43 Destination Media Type: BD-R (Disc ID: VERBAT-IMe-000) (Speeds: 2x)

I 13:10:43 Destination Media Sectors: 12,219,392

I 13:10:43 Write Mode: BD

I 13:10:43 Write Type: DAO

I 13:10:43 Write Speed: MAX

I 13:10:43 BD-R Verify Not Required: No

I 13:10:43 Link Size: Auto

I 13:10:43 Lock Volume: Yes

I 13:10:43 Test Mode: No

I 13:10:43 OPC: No

I 13:10:43 BURN-Proof: Enabled

I 13:10:43 Write Speed Successfully Set! - Effective: 8,991 KB/s (2x)

I 13:11:00 Filling Buffer... (40 MB)

I 13:11:01 Writing LeadIn...

W 13:11:01 Failed to Write Sectors 96 - 127 - Reason: Write Error

W 13:11:01 Retrying (1 of 20)...

W 13:11:01 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:01 Retrying (2 of 20)...

W 13:11:01 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:01 Retrying (3 of 20)...

W 13:11:01 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:01 Retrying (4 of 20)...

W 13:11:01 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:01 Retrying (5 of 20)...

W 13:11:01 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:01 Retrying (6 of 20)...

W 13:11:01 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:01 Retrying (7 of 20)...

W 13:11:01 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:01 Retrying (8 of 20)...

W 13:11:01 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:02 Retrying (9 of 20)...

W 13:11:02 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:02 Retrying (10 of 20)...

W 13:11:02 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:02 Retrying (11 of 20)...

W 13:11:02 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:02 Retrying (12 of 20)...

W 13:11:02 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:02 Retrying (13 of 20)...

W 13:11:02 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:02 Retrying (14 of 20)...

W 13:11:02 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:02 Retrying (15 of 20)...

W 13:11:02 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:02 Retrying (16 of 20)...

W 13:11:02 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:02 Retrying (17 of 20)...

W 13:11:02 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:02 Retrying (18 of 20)...

W 13:11:02 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:02 Retrying (19 of 20)...

W 13:11:02 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

W 13:11:02 Retrying (20 of 20)...

W 13:11:02 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

E 13:11:09 Failed to Write Sectors 96 - 127 - Reason: Write Error

E 13:11:09 Next Writable Address: 0

I 13:11:09 Synchronising Cache...

W 13:11:10 Potential 'WaitImmediateIO' Deferred Error - (0/3) - Write Error

W 13:11:10 Synchronise Cache Failed! - Reason: Write Error

W 13:11:10 Retrying (1 of 3)...

W 13:11:11 Potential 'WaitImmediateIO' Deferred Error - (0/3) - Write Error

W 13:11:11 Retry Failed - Reason: Write Error

W 13:11:11 Retrying (2 of 3)...

W 13:11:12 Potential 'WaitImmediateIO' Deferred Error - (0/3) - Write Error

W 13:11:12 Retry Failed - Reason: Write Error

W 13:11:12 Retrying (3 of 3)...

W 13:11:13 Potential 'WaitImmediateIO' Deferred Error - (0/3) - Write Error

W 13:11:13 Retry Failed - Reason: Write Error

W 13:11:19 User opted to skip the 'Close Track/Session/Disc' functions.

E 13:11:19 Failed to Write Image!

E 13:11:19 Operation Failed! - Duration: 00:00:36

I 13:11:19 Average Write Rate: 0 KB/s (0.0x) - Maximum Write Rate: 0 KB/s (0.0x)

 

Thanks

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So you're saying that this is most likely that my LG burner doesn't support the media because it's much newer than the drive?

 

I'm not too convinced about doing that crossflash though, it's something done by a 3rd party which can brick my burner. Maybe I'll just buy a Pioneer burner that supports all the new media.

 

One thing I don't understand, isn't the GGW-H20L an older model that was like a year older than my GBW-H20L? Why would LG keep releasing updates for that older drive but not for the newer one?

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Yes, there's every possibility that the drive doesn't support 'VERBAT-IMe-000' at all / very well.

 

The GBW-H20L was just their way of saving money.

 

Loads of people got the GGW-H20L because it did *everything*

 

I doubt many got the GBW because...

 

a. they felt cheated (not as good as GGW)

b. there were other drives around at the time that may have been better/cheaper.

 

It's highly unlikely you'll brick your drive so my advice to you would just be to go for it. I certainly would if I was in your shoes.

 

LG may have given into peer pressure with the GGW firmware updates. You just need enough people to moan :)

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Interesting. How ridiculous that they support a drive from earlier than the GBW, I think it was one year older. I feel cheated indeed, and I will let LG know that because of this I will not buy another LG product again.

 

Do you have a good impression of the Pioneer BDR-206DBKS? Pioneer always worked great for me, I have an IDE DVD burner from 2006 and a SATA DVD burner from 2008, both still working perfect. I didn't buy Pioneer for the BD burner because at that point it was like $100 more than the LG.

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If you're looking/happy to buy a new drive anyway, there's even less reason not to attempt a crossflash of your LG. ;)

 

I did, and the project burned, so thanks for the tip. Still, I will probably buy that Pioneer soon, I trust Pioneer more than any other brand of burners.

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AFAIK the GBW is exactly the same hardware as the GGW, the only difference is firmware that allows reading of HD DVD discs.

 

Further Sebaz, with the latest firmware YL07 I can tell you that Memorex BD-Rs burn flawlessly with the LG writer, and are of extremely high quality, at least the two different types that I have used.

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