8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 27, 2013 7:28 AM by Michele Bugliaro Goggia
Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I had to burn a DVD of videos and Powerpoint presentation when I coudn't find my 16Gb thumbdrive. I haven't burned a DVD since the last release of iDVD from iLife.

 

I was surprised I couldn't just burn a data file from the desktop. I've used blank DVDr, same ones I'ved used in the past, and it fails. Giving an error message which I can't recall right now. I have tried using the latest version of iDVD, but twice now it spits out the DVD and seems to hang, but Finder doesn't show it as "Not Responding" when I go to the Force Quit.

 

Hardware test shows no problems. Any suggestion is appreciated.

 

I did burn one CDr about a year ago for music. I had no obvious errors or issues when I did.


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 4 HD,3GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 5770
  • 1. Re: MacPro 1.1 DVD burner fails to burn….
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,255 points)

    Giving an error message which I can't recall right now.

    The error message may be the key to the problem.

     

    For example, "failed to calibrate the laser power level" can be an indication you are using high-speed media in a low-speed drive, which does not work.

  • 2. Re: MacPro 1.1 DVD burner fails to burn….
    Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Your guess seems to be correct. Although I was certain I've used this media before and without issue. I tried changing the writing speed, but it was already set to 16x and the media is marked as 16x.

     

    I used a DL 2.4x DVD instead and it writing as we speak. Thank you for your suggestion and the time to reply. Very helpful.

  • 3. Re: MacPro 1.1 DVD burner fails to burn….
    Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    What puzzles me is I could have sworn I have used this stack of TDK DVD-R before. It's labeled at 16x, but even if I slow down the burn I can't burn it. The Mac Pro 1.1 is listed as able to read/write DVD-R 16x.

  • 4. Re: MacPro 1.1 DVD burner fails to burn….
    Johnb-one Level 3 Level 3 (770 points)

    Me too...got a stack of TDK DVD-R blanks at costco and tried to use 'em for burning. Some worked and some didn't. sent 'em back to TDK. Got a whole new stack. Some worked and some didn't. Could be the brand or the batch. I'm as puzzled as you are, Robert P.  Why some work and some don't is a mystery. What I was told, and have verified, that certain brands work, and others don't.  Again, why, I dunno. However-verbatim is a solid bet are are Taiyo Yuden (hard to find, maybe). Sony doesn't work. Maxell sorta works okay. Memorex could be okay.

    \also, try running disk utility and verifying permissions. Could be helpful. How much Ram do you have on board?

     

     

    just a shot in the dark

     

    John B

  • 5. Re: MacPro 1.1 DVD burner fails to burn….
    Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I run 4 Gigs.

     

    If what you say holds true for me then it explains why I remember burning successful DVDs before. Then again as time goes by my memory seems to improve I might have burned successful TDK DVDs on my old 17" G4 Powerbook before giving it away.

     

    Still I might just go through what remains of the stack. Half at this point. Then either throw them away or give them to someone who can burn them.

     

    I ran Permission Repair a few weeks back. I doubt that would help.

  • 6. Re: MacPro 1.1 DVD burner fails to burn….
    Robert Pena Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I can burn fast media CDs, but I've tried three different DVD and I keep getting the same error message. I'm also thinking that why am I trying to burn DVD when i hardly have any use for it, but not everyone has fast internet to stream videos like the one I'm trying to burn for a family funeral.

  • 7. Re: MacPro 1.1 DVD burner fails to burn….
    Johnb-one Level 3 Level 3 (770 points)

    Holy Zombie Post, Batman !

    really? really.

    Dear Mr. Pena: I think you have a few options

    1-change brand of media. Verbatim work fine

    2-clean lens of dvd drive

    3-replace drive

     

    I'd go for #1-probably cheapest and easiest to do. 3 isn't that hard, but it can be a bit of a pain in the butt. a new drive would be around $25, and you can probably use any ATAPI drive ( I think). If you get really fed up, though,  find a thumbdrive, take it to someone else, ask them to do it. If it's just video, you should be okay.

    J.B.

  • 8. Re: MacPro 1.1 DVD burner fails to burn….
    Michele Bugliaro Goggia Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Hi, I have a Lite-on ATAPI burner in my MacPro 1,1 since the Optiarc died. Good piece of hardware, recognized by Mac OS X.

     

    Regarding DVD-R brands, I had some TDKs that worked fine for a while, then recently I could not burn them anymore. Stuck at lead-ins. Then I tried a Verbatim and bang! Worked great!

     

    Clean the laser lens with a CD kit, wipe off dust, burn at 6x, try Verbatims.