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Cannot Burn DVDs even with Snow Leopard

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Eric Andrist Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Aug 28, 2009 4:55 PM
I have not been able to burn dvd's in either of my drives for over a month now. I can't do it in Toast or Disk Utility. I've tried cleaning the lenses and the "international fix," nothing works. I've come to the conclusion it's something in the most recent software that has changed something. Is there some way to install 10.4 on one of my external hard drives so I can boot up from that and try it? I downloaded 10.4.4 and 10.4.7 server update, but neither will let me install them. These drives aren't that old and since both stopped at the same time, it can't just be the drives.
2 x 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon Mac LPro 2 GB 667MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM, Mac OS X (10.6), Optiarc DVD-RW AD-7170A ATA
  • I love my macbook!!!! Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
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    Aug 29, 2009 2:28 AM (in response to Eric Andrist)
    You can't just download the updates like this. You have to go to ebay or some place like this and buy a full copy of Tiger there.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Macbook  iPod Nano (3rd gen.)  iPhone 3G  iMac (intel)  No sign of windows.
  • Zinteger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've just installed Snow Leopard and can't burn DVD's now either! I've tried using toast (which was fine on Leopard) on the Macbook drive and on an external Sony and I can't burn on any of the mediums. I've even tries 3 different DVDs - what's going on? Any one else have this problem from the upgrade?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • khassani Level 3 Level 3 (945 points)
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    Aug 29, 2009 9:31 PM (in response to Eric Andrist)
    If your computer came with a Tiger installation disc, you can use that. If it came w/ a later OS, then Tiger can't run on your machine.
    MacBook Pro 13" 2.26 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • I love my macbook!!!! Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
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    Aug 30, 2009 12:21 AM (in response to Eric Andrist)
    You must also make sure that Toast has gone Snow Leopard compatible in order to use it.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Macbook  iPod Nano (3rd gen.)  iPhone 3G  iMac (intel)  No sign of windows.
  • piaopiao Calculating status...
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    Aug 31, 2009 6:33 AM (in response to Eric Andrist)
    Try below DVD Burner for Snow Leopard, it can help you burn DVDs on Snow Leopard.
    http://www.imediacreator.com/mac-dvd-creator.html#131
    Philip, Mac OS X (10.6), CPU 2 M
  • ants17 Calculating status...
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    Aug 31, 2009 11:36 AM (in response to Eric Andrist)
    I'm having the same issue. I just upgraded to Snow Leopard. I'm on a Mac Pro 17" 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo.

    Attempting to Burn a DVD in Toast errors out with a "medium source error". I'm getting a "laser failed to calibrate for this media type" in finder attempting to burn normally, and in disk image i get a "media error". Looks like its not just a Toast 10.0.2 issue, but across the board with snow leopard.

    Anyone else?
    17" MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • drakmog Calculating status...
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    Sep 11, 2009 7:44 AM (in response to ants17)
    SAME PROBLEM HERE!

    *After upgrading to Snow Leopard 10.6 from Leopard 10.5.8 - I CAN NO LONGER BURN DVDs*, I HAVE TRIED MANY BRANDS and Formats: DVD+R, DVD-R, and DVD+R DL and DVD+RW and DVD-RW. I KEEP Getting the SAME error when using TOAST "MEDIA ERROR" something like 000x73 MEDIA SENSE ERROR or something like that & ALSO the same "laser failed to calibrate for this media type" error ants17 was talking about.

    I EVEN get an Error when using DISK UTILITY to try to burn to ANY OF THESE SAME MEDIUMS I LISTED ABOVE!!! *Can anyone HELP?*

    *I CAN BURN CD's FINE, AGAIN, CDs BURN WITH NO PROBLEM* - with Toast and iTunes, so THEN I tried to Burn a DVD Data Music CD with iTunes but that ALSO DIDN'T WORK!

    WHEN TRYING TO BURN A DVD With Disk Utility I get a different error, it says something to the degree of: The Medium you Are Using May Not Be Compatible With your Hardware/Computer, Try using a Different type of Medium (DISK).

    ANY HELP WOULD BE WHOLLY APPRECIATED!!! PLEASE REPLY IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS!
    MacBook Pro 15.4" Unibody 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.6), MacBookPro5,1 - 4GB 1067MHz - 500GB HDD
  • I love my macbook!!!! Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
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    Sep 13, 2009 4:49 AM (in response to Eric Andrist)
    I really think it's a compatibility issue. Looks like you guys have to try out other software in the mean time.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Macbook  iPod Nano (3rd gen.)  iPhone 3G  iMac (intel)  No sign of windows.
  • volkerschubert Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2009 8:03 AM (in response to Eric Andrist)
    I to have no DVD burning capacity... was working yesterday under 10.5 and had been worked well, never a problem... then gone after installing 10.6... this is for both my internal DVD burner that is standard, came in the machine and never missed a beat. And the Lacie DL DVD burner External Firewire 400 also not seen...

    I would have thought this is a bit of a stuff up in the OS and if people continue to be hit by this... it will be a BIG hassle for everyone affected...

    Maybe worth booking in a meeting with a apple genius to complain
    MacBookPro 2,2 15in 2.33 3GBmem 500GB 7200rpm HD, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • JPDNYC Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2009 1:22 PM (in response to drakmog)
    This is defenitely NOT a compatability issue.

    I have 10.6.1 installed on a MBP intel dual 2.2 and I was able to burn fine with the exact same DVDs until after I upgraded and now I can burn CDs but not DVDs. Further the laptop recognizes the blank DVDs for what they are but I get an error stating:

    The disc can't be burned because because (yes it's there twice) communication between the computer and the disc drive failed (error code 0x80020022)

    If you figure this out, please let me know!
    Macbook Pro Fall 2007, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • nardino Calculating status...
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    Sep 14, 2009 12:18 PM (in response to Eric Andrist)
    Same problem for me, cannot burn any disc neither with Toast Titanium 10 nor Disc Utility since installed Snow Leopard.
    MacBook Pro Unibody 2,4Ghz 4GB, OS X - Snow Leopard (v 10.6.1)
  • tuatara Calculating status...
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    Sep 15, 2009 2:51 AM (in response to Eric Andrist)
    Same problem here:
    Problem was introduced:
    After upgrading to Snow Leopard from Leopard.
    You can't burn DVD's not from the OS and not with 3th party software.

    BUT .... You can create data DVD's in MAC only format in Toast for example
    which makes it absolutely clear that this is a

    *BUG IN SNOW LEOPARD*
    ===============

    So i am waiting for a Patch/fix

    Tuatara (Hardware + Software engineer)

    Message was edited by: tuatara
    MacbookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.1), latest OS latest updates (until today)
  • tuatara Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 15, 2009 2:56 AM (in response to tuatara)
    *100 percent certain a bug in Snow Leopard*

    And perhaps with its driver for MacBook Pro ...

    Message was edited by: tuatara
    MacbookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Steadinan Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 15, 2009 2:00 PM (in response to Zinteger)
    I had the same problem with Toast 9 after installing Snow Leopard.

    I downloaded the update, version 9.0.5 (254), from Roxio, but the update FOLDER had an earlier date (March 9, 2008) than the one I had (modified March 5, 2009). I ignored that and updated anyway.

    Now it works.
    Mac Pro 4-core 2007, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
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