My Superdrive will not burn DVD-R's

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by JohnQ, Mar 23, 2003.

  1. JohnQ macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2003
    Have been reading and searching for days with no results.

    I am trying to burn DVD-R's with no success.

    Types used: Apple Brand, Memorex, Accu and Verbatim.

    All brands recieve these error codes:

    The drive reported an error:
    Sense Key = MEDIUM ERROR
    Sense Code = 0x0C

    Disk Copy:
    failed to burn due to error -2147352480. A
    target device error error occurred (-2147352480). 03/0C/00

    Same as above.

    No errors just spits disc out after about 2 min. into burn. App keeps going till it says "less than one min. remaining" Then have to force quit.

    Console reports:
    Disk Copy: Burning to PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-104 A227 via ATAPI.
    Disk Copy: Requested burn speed was 1x, actual burn speed is 15x.
    Disk Copy: Burn started, Sat Mar 22 15:02:27 2003
    Disk Copy: Burn underrun protection is supported, and enabled.
    Disk Copy: Write (10), block: 800, count: 32 -> 3/0C/00 Medium Error, Write error
    Disk Copy: Burn failed, Sat Mar 22 15:03:15 2003
    Disk Copy: Burn sense: 3/0C/00 Medium Error, Write error
    Disk Copy: Burn error: 0x80020060 The device drained its buffer without burn underrun protection.

    Another person with similar problems his console reports "Power calibration area error"
    where mine reports "Write Error"

    I can burn to all other blank media CD-R/RW and DVD-RW (Memorex).

    I originally thought it was some bad disc's but none of the afore mentioned brands have resulted in a successfull burn.

    I have considered Hardware problems but then wouldn't I have trouble burning to other media?

    If it is a software issue I have no idea where to begin to look.

    Is anybody else having these problems?
    Do you have any information that you could share?

    Do I need to replace my Superdrive or would it be cheaper to buy an external DVD writer?
    I know that I won't be able to use iDVD with an external drive.

  2. timbloom macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2002
    Pretty much sounds like a defective superdrive. How long have you had this computer? (is it still under warranty?) Has it always been like this the whole time you have had it?
    I would suggest you contact Apple if it is under warranty and see if it can get fixed with them.
  3. steeleclipse macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2002
    Re: My Superdrive will not burn DVD-R's

    Definitely defective... under warranty?

    FYI iDVD says that to everybody... it says one min for about 20 min... I found that if you cancel the disk still works
  4. benixau macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    hmmm - if it aint under warranty (i.e. within 12mnths of purchase or 3yrs w/AppleCare) then i would start pricing a Pioneer DVD-105 DVD-RW drive. These are the new superdrives apple is using in the Pmac FW800 machines. They burn at 4x.

    Why the pioneer? cause the sony does DVD+RW/DVD-RW etc. BUT as far as i know you cannot use the +R/+RW function on a mac YET. So, why get is and waste monies?

    unless the sony is cheaper ...
  5. JohnQ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2003

    My 12 months were up about almost a month ago. No AppleCare.

    Have had my sites set on the Pioneer 105 for a while now anyway.

    I think I could replace it myself. I have the instructions somewhere. Not like I am going to void any warranties.

    I have also seen a Pioneer 105 external Firewire.

    Thanks for Everyones input.

  6. steeleclipse macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2002
    its easy to replace, so dont waste your money on the firewire version. With 4x burning DVD, you get 16x cd, so you can use this as your main media writing drive. DO NOT get the sony... I have heard that it is not a quality unit. Pioneer is the one of the most reputable drives in the DVD category, and I myself would love to have a 105.

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