Currently Being ModeratedApr 13, 2011 7:18 PM (in response to itspaz)I was having the exact same problem "The burn to the MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-857 drive failed. The device failed to calibrate the laser power level for this media."
Along with the drive sometimes failing to mount an inserted DVD, and seeing screwy disk space available when blank disks did mount (anywhere from zero space to 3.x space - on blank Memorex 16x DVD+Rs that have 4.7 GB). Odd "disk utility" issues for them also, such as greyed out buttons for disk verify, etc.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! to those who posted about a squirt or two of compressed air fixing the problem, and the one person I saw posting that a laser cleaning disk fixed the problem. I didn't happen to have any canned air handy, but ran a laser cleaning disk twice (the extra time just for good measure), and presto, was able to burn successfully. That was without trying any of the other more esoteric possible fixes that were posted.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), DVD/CD Drive/burner: MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-857
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2011 1:21 PM (in response to itspaz)
Before you order any hardware or take your MacBook Pro for service, you must try the compressed air blast. I am amazed at how simple and effective of a solution this was, as well as inexpensive!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 26, 2011 12:21 PM (in response to itspaz)
THANK YOU, my father used to say. Cleanliness is next to godliness, lol so true. Compressed air worked for me too.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2011 4:46 PM (in response to itspaz)
I tried the compressed air, lens cleaning cloth w/ a credit card, cleaning disc, language thing... nothing worked for my issue burning a CD-R.
What DID work was lowering the write speed to 16x. My iMac is only 4 months old. Looks like I'll be taking it to an Apple Store with another issue added to the list.
I haven't had any problems yet burning DVD-R discs.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2011 6:52 PM (in response to itspaz)
First off, I'm on an iMac, not a PowerBook, but I don't think that should matter (Snow Leopard 10.6.8; Matshita UJ-85J drive; FCQA firmware).
My issue is the same. When I try to burn data to a DVD via the Finder or any third-party software, whether the disk is Sony or Memorex, -R or +R, 1x or 8x speed, it eventually ejects the disk with the error, "The disc can’t be burned, because the device failed to calibrate the laser power level for this media." Keep in mind that I can read DVDs just fine. And I can read AND write CDs.
The first time I tried to burn a DVD after I got the computer (which had been a demo model at an Apple Store), it was hit and miss--some burned, most didn't. I just thought I had gotten a bad batch of disks and returned them. I haven't had a need to burn to a DVD since, a year and a half later, and here I am with that error message.
I've tried everything suggested--reset the PRAM, ran a cleaning disk (several times), shot compressed air full blast (several times, up and down), swiped with a cleaning cloth-wrapped credit card (several times, my personal favorite for creativity!), and what people refer to as "the language thing." So far, No good.
Any NEW ideas out there re: this problem?
(I can't believe this thread has been running since 2008!)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 25, 2011 7:50 PM (in response to itspaz)
I'm having the exact same problem. I have a brand new MacBook Pro (less than a month old) and although I've been able to play CDs no problem, I tried to burn some data to a CD-R tonight using Finder and I'm getting this error message. Really very frustrating. Also I cant believe this thread has been running for 3 years and Apple hasn't come up with a permanent fix. I don't have any compressed air or Drive Cleaner but I tried the credit card & cloth trick to no avail. I'm going to buy some compressed air tomorrow and give that a shot and if that doesn't work I will be heading to the genius bar. As a brand new Mac user, I'm not very impressed that I'm already experiencing issues 3 weeks in.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 28, 2011 10:34 PM (in response to itspaz)
Compressed air worked for me! Thanks!
2.33 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2011 3:29 AM (in response to itspaz)
I don't have compressed air, but I do have a bulb-type blower-thingy for getting dust of camera lenses (I think they are known as "hurricane blowers"). Anyhow, a few good blows with one of those in the optical-drive slot sorted this for me. (I also noticed that it looks pretty dirty in there, so wouldn't be suprised if dust had obscured the lens.) Many thanks to all.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 10, 2012 9:06 AM (in response to itspaz)
For those of you who, like me, don't have compressed air handy...I just blew into the drive a few times and it worked like a charm.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2012 1:43 AM (in response to itspaz)
BLOWING AIR WORKED FOR ME BUT...my MacBook Pro doesn't recognize I have a PLEXTOR PX-708UF...it used to work...my MBP doesn't seem to see it...suggestions why?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2012 3:10 AM (in response to bdaul)
How can you say ‘blowing air worked for me’ if you cannot test this as long as the optical drive is not seen any more by the system?? I do not understand.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 7:51 PM (in response to parkerpress)
Thanks, parkerpress, for the tip about compressed air. It worked for me too!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to itspaz)
I was having this same problem on my older MBP while stuck at work so I couldn't use my air compressor at home or go buy a can of air. I just blew air into the drive and after a few tries and my eventual light-headedness, it worked. The moisture that comes from this probably isn't great and may ultimately cause more damage than it saves, but if you're desparate it can work.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2012 8:32 AM (in response to parkerpress)
Blowing air into the drive worked for me! i didn't have compressed air, so i just did it ghetto style by using a straw and blowing air into it myself, and it solved the issue!