Burning a disk with iTunes... Not working (Laser power level problem)?

Nar1117

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Apr 15, 2006
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Hi all...

I am trying to burn a music disk with iTunes. I am using CD-Rs. When I insert the blank disk, the computer recognizes it as a black disk and acts accordingly. Then, I click "Burn Disk" at the bottom of the iTunes window, and the burn process starts. Before iTunes begins to write the songs to the disk, it is automatically ejected and an error message appears. It reads:

"The attempt to burn a disk failed. The device failed to calibrate the laser power level for this media."

And I am presented with "retry" "cancel" or "next."

Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this? It seems to be a hardware problem, at least according to the computer.

I am running the latest OS X with the most recent update to iTunes on a Macbook Pro 1st revision with 2 gigs RAM.

Thanks in advance.
 

Reflow

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Mar 30, 2005
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NJ/PHL
Hi all...

I am trying to burn a music disk with iTunes. I am using CD-Rs. When I insert the blank disk, the computer recognizes it as a black disk and acts accordingly. Then, I click "Burn Disk" at the bottom of the iTunes window, and the burn process starts. Before iTunes begins to write the songs to the disk, it is automatically ejected and an error message appears. It reads:

"The attempt to burn a disk failed. The device failed to calibrate the laser power level for this media."

And I am presented with "retry" "cancel" or "next."

Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this? It seems to be a hardware problem, at least according to the computer.


I am running the latest OS X with the most recent update to iTunes on a Macbook Pro 1st revision with 2 gigs RAM.

Thanks in advance.

Have you happen to try a different brand of CD-R'S
 

Reflow

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Mar 30, 2005
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No, I have not. Would that make a difference? Are all CD-Rs not created equal?
Sure it will. It couldn't hurt to try a different brand. I had some trouble with some a few years back and I just bought a different brand and it worked for me
 

Nar1117

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Original poster
Apr 15, 2006
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Alright then... I'll remind myself not to buy CD-Rs from Walmart. If that is indeed the problem; I havent had time to test yet, but thanks for the help everyone.
 

Gav

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Jun 23, 2007
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Alright then... I'll remind myself not to buy CD-Rs from Walmart. If that is indeed the problem; I havent had time to test yet, but thanks for the help everyone.
HAH! Yes, thats your problem. I brought a load of ASDA CDs, a load of rubbish - hardly ever burned properly. ASDA is owned my Walmart, and dare I say, their CDs are probably manufactured by the same company!
 

jampes

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May 3, 2008
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Similar problem

I am having similar problems. The type of disc doesn't seem to make a difference. I get that error the first time I try to burn with itunes, but if I try a second time, forget about it. It will forever say it's "initializing". Force quit won't work and I have to shut the computer down completely by holding the power button for 5 sec. If I try using toast or burning from the finder, I get similar errors.

I don't know if it makes a difference or offers any other clues, but I have no problem burning DVD-R's using disc utility. I haven't tried burning DVDs through Toast, but I don't know that it would tell me anything anyway.

I've done a lot of searches on this and it seems so strange that there is no answer out there. Someone must know something, right?
 

Blubbert

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Nov 1, 2006
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I had the same problem. I used Memorex CD's and DVD's for quite some time and all of a sudden i started getting Laser power level problems, and media errors. I tried using a different brand, and it worked well for a stretch of time, but eventually, my MBP started rejecting almost all cd's and dvd's (TDK, Sony, Verbatim...).

Coincidentally, i used all those CD's and DVD's on my other computer without issue. Eventually, my Superdrive just stopped accepting DVD's, it would just spit them out when i put them in. When i finally got around to taking my MBP to an Apple Store, they replaced the superdrive completely.
 

mechaghidorah

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Oct 6, 2008
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calibrate laser mac to burn cds

open "system preferences"
go to "international"
Start with the first language under "english"
Drag that language and systematically all languages to the top until "english is at the top.
set the 2 other options to the lower right to english.
close system preferences and restart computer..
It worked for me..
Got this from another forum here...
 

jsuvak10

macrumors newbie
Mar 25, 2009
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Similar Problem

I just bought a brand new pack of cd-r's, the exact same ones that i bought, used and worked perfectly last time, but this time whenever i try to burn a cd itunes says initializing and then skips right to Finalizing and then an error message pops up saying itunes could not communicate with the burner. i tried creating a burn folder on the desktop and it still did not work. i tried using multiple CDs out of the pack but still nothing. Also when i insert a CD the computer recognizes it. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME!!! this computer is brand new and should not be having these problems!:mad: