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Idvd ejecting while in the burn stage

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Susan Letellier Calculating status...
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Sep 25, 2009 1:55 PM
The DVD ejects before completing at the burn stage, DVD empty. this is after 53 minutes of multiplexing and everything right down to the burn stage. I have 99.38 GB on my mac pro and I was using leopard with the same problem moved up to snow leopard and still having the same problem. Please help. I have tried different dvds = sony R and maxwell rw.
mac pro, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • J Keller Level 4 Level 4 (2,685 points)
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    Sep 25, 2009 10:41 PM (in response to Susan Letellier)
    You may wish to break the burn into two steps -- it could solve the problem, or at least help isolate the problem. In iDVD, use the Save as Disc Image command to create a virtual DVD on your desktop. You can use the regular Apple DVD Player to check how it functions. If all is well, Roxio Toast or Apple's Disk Utility can Copy the disc image to a physical DVD.
    John
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  • SDMacuser Level 6 Level 6 (13,585 points)
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    Sep 26, 2009 11:31 AM (in response to Susan Letellier)
    Susan, it boils down to the media or your S-Drive (the burner in your mac).



    What write speed is the dvd rated at? Is it rated at 16x or lower? Hopefully you're using quality dvd's like Verbatim, Taiyo Yuden, or Maxell (and Not Memorex ... at least not while we troubleshoot this issue).



    If this is not the issue then we need to take a closer look at the S-Drive (making sure you have the most current firmware is a must). Also it doesn't hurt to use a quality DVD Lens cleaner from Maxell or 3M. But do avoid cheaper brands since they can do more harm than good.


    Hope these few suggestions help but if not just come on back.





    Message was edited by: SDMacuser
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  • SDMacuser Level 6 Level 6 (13,585 points)
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    Sep 26, 2009 12:08 PM (in response to Susan Letellier)
    Most dvd's tell you on the top surface what the write speed is. That or on the package itself. Also I suggest we not use RW media while troubleshooting. They tend to have a lower reflective surface than typical Verbatim / Maxell Dvd-R. Lower reflectivity equates to higher read / write errors.



    The easiest way to be up to date on all apple software (and firmware) is to run apple's software updater directly from system preferences.



    Click Here




    As for finding out what firmware you currently have simply click on the apple > More info > Hardware > Disc Burning > Firmware




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    Message was edited by: SDMacuser
    G5 Dual 2 Ghz+3 SDrives/Sony TRV900/Nikons/6FWHDs/PS7/iLife09/FCP5/DVDSP4/Touch, Mac OS X (10.5.6), One PC (Intel Dual Core w/ i.Link) running Windows Vista and 5 Macs
  • SDMacuser Level 6 Level 6 (13,585 points)
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    Sep 26, 2009 12:38 PM (in response to Susan Letellier)
    This is just a guess. I think it's having an issue with the media in terms of it being RW as opposed to DVD-R.





    In the old days in order to burn to RW we actually had to fool the burner and iDvd into burning to RW by first inserting typical DVD-R and then switching the dvd by hitting F12 or eject immediately after the burner would accept the first disc. We had to fool the burner from the beginning because most mac s-drives at the time refused the media. A simple bait and switch operation often resolved this issue.



    However, today the issue isn't 100% resolved and is less obvious in that some burners (especially laptops and portables) still have issues with RW (depending on brand). They simply spit it back out and wait for you to use the correct media. This may be what's happening to your mac. But again, this is simply a guess.




    G5 Dual 2 Ghz+3 SDrives/Sony TRV900/Nikons/6FWHDs/PS7/iLife09/FCP5/DVDSP4/Touch, Mac OS X (10.5.6), One PC (Intel Dual Core w/ i.Link) running Windows Vista and 5 Macs
  • SDMacuser Level 6 Level 6 (13,585 points)
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    Sep 26, 2009 1:09 PM (in response to Susan Letellier)
    Do you have a dvd lens clearer kit?



    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=10032755&#10032755


    (that or quick shot of compressed air sometimes helps).





    Message was edited by: SDMacuser
    G5 Dual 2 Ghz+3 SDrives/Sony TRV900/Nikons/6FWHDs/PS7/iLife09/FCP5/DVDSP4/Touch, Mac OS X (10.5.6), One PC (Intel Dual Core w/ i.Link) running Windows Vista and 5 Macs
  • SDMacuser Level 6 Level 6 (13,585 points)
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    Sep 26, 2009 1:25 PM (in response to Susan Letellier)
    I use a couple of external firewire burners for this particular task of erasing RW media. It's much more reliable than the stock S-Drive on most portables / laptops. And they don't overheat as often (which in itself can cause issues).





    They look like this:












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    Message was edited by: SDMacuser
    G5 Dual 2 Ghz+3 SDrives/Sony TRV900/Nikons/6FWHDs/PS7/iLife09/FCP5/DVDSP4/Touch, Mac OS X (10.5.6), One PC (Intel Dual Core w/ i.Link) running Windows Vista and 5 Macs
  • SDMacuser Level 6 Level 6 (13,585 points)
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    Sep 26, 2009 1:36 PM (in response to Susan Letellier)
    You are most welcome. Feel free to keep us posted.




    G5 Dual 2 Ghz+3 SDrives/Sony TRV900/Nikons/6FWHDs/PS7/iLife09/FCP5/DVDSP4/Touch, Mac OS X (10.5.6), One PC (Intel Dual Core w/ i.Link) running Windows Vista and 5 Macs
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