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Question: The Attempt to burn disc failed. The burn failed because of a medium write error.

When trying to burn a CD, I'm getting an error that reads:The Attempt to burn disc failed. The burn failed because of a medium write error. I experienced this message before and took my Macbook in to the store and the the genius was stumped but when he tried one of his CD's it burned fine to he concluded that the problem was in the CD's NOT the Macbook or program HOWEVER, months later, I'm having the same issue using the NEW CD's. Does anyone have any information about this?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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Jan 18, 2012 8:10 AM in response to kostby In response to kostby

Yes, I have tried at many different speeds. I've tried to burn "less" songs. I've tried both Memorex CD-R, 52X 700MB, 80min-CD's and Sony CD-R Supremas 700MB CD's. The error seems to pop up in the "finishing" stage of the process. Again, I never had a problem burning CD's prior to the time this last fall and again now. Could it be an update problem with iTunes? Can I go backward to the lower version I had before?

Janet

Jan 18, 2012 8:10 AM

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Jan 18, 2012 12:32 PM in response to meuwzic In response to meuwzic

Just a shot in the dark, but from reading your post I get the feeling that you burn a lot of CD's ?


so two questions :


has the optical drive been changed or is it the original one ?

would you say you have burned 200 or more cd's on this drive ?


reply and I'll try some more.


custom mini.

Jan 18, 2012 12:32 PM

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Jan 22, 2012 10:49 PM in response to custom mini In response to custom mini

Thanks so much for trying to help...

Yes this is the original optic eye. No I can't say that I've burned 200 or more CD's. Also, question to you, is the optice eye I use to burn CD's the same as DVD's? I don't have any problem burning DVD's. Does that info help?

Janet

Jan 22, 2012 10:49 PM

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Jan 22, 2012 11:09 PM in response to meuwzic In response to meuwzic

An optical drive may read/write CDs, but not DVDs, may r/w DVDs, but not DVD DLs, etc. etc. In order to have a clear opinion about its integrity, take some rw supports and burn, if CDs or DVDs regularly or mostly fail, then the drive is dying. The process may last months, perhaps a year or more, they never die all of a sudden. And, yes, the lasers are different for CDs and DVDs

Jan 22, 2012 11:09 PM

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Feb 23, 2012 6:15 PM in response to meuwzic In response to meuwzic

I found this fix on an Apple blog dated February 2008. I tried it and can now burn dvd's just fine.


"2 methods to fix this one is reset pram at boot up hold four keys down till you hear 3 chimes command(apple)+option+p+r


If you have pci slots you may need to do this also or instead of above this is to reset nvram at boot up hold command(apple)+option+o+f"

Feb 23, 2012 6:15 PM

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Feb 24, 2012 9:59 PM in response to meuwzic In response to meuwzic

3 methods to fix this:


The first is to reset pram

at boot up hold four keys down till you hear 3 chimes:

command(apple)=option+p+r

release keys and it will now reboot.


The second is to reset nvram

at boot up hold four keys down:

command(apple)+option+o+f

a black screen will appear

now type: reset-nvram

click enter

now type: reset-all

click enter

it will now reboot


The third is to open system preferences.

go to international

under languages: drag any of the other languages to the top, then drag english back to the top.

make sure "order for sorted lists" is set to english

make sure "word break" is set to english(united states, computer)

then restart.


I hope this helps you as it certainly did me. :^)

Feb 24, 2012 9:59 PM

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Apr 29, 2012 9:19 PM in response to Theo Gluck In response to Theo Gluck

Let applications choose its speed according to real data. As a thumb rule, NEVER choose maximum speed in the list, it is NEVER as high as showed. 8x for CDs and 4x for DVDs is best; choosing higher speeds does not mean half burn time (test it, you will see that the difference is unimportant).

Apr 29, 2012 9:19 PM

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Nov 25, 2012 9:33 AM in response to meuwzic In response to meuwzic

ATTEMPT TO BURN FAILURE!!

I have had CDs kick out because of burn failure-I came upon a solution by accident-

I had tried different CD brands thinking that may be the problem-

What I discovered was the CDs that have worked for me are CD-R MUSIC CDs!!!!!!

All of the CD brands I tried have kicked out of comp failing to burn-so it is not

the brand that makes a difference-on the packaging it shows what can be burned

on the CDs-photos-data-music etc-here is what you have to look for-

CD-R MUSIC "HAS" TO BE PRINTED ON THE CD ITSELF-

they are hard to find but I have found them on SONY-MAXELL+MEMOREX!!!!!!!!

Just bought some Memorex at K-Mart!

REMEMBER THIS:

"CD-R MUSIC" HAS TO BE PRINTED DIRECTLY ON THE CD!!!!

SLCNAC JACK

Nov 25, 2012 9:33 AM

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