Tip: Burn Lion at 4x

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by MacBH928, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008

    I just wanted to share this tip with you
    I have a macbook late 2008
    and when I wanted to burn the .dmg of Lion, i did it twice and it didn't work at 8x, which caused me a HUGE headache and long hours gone to waste

    when I burned at 4x it worked...

    I know that slower is better, but 8x is pretty slow isn't it?
    Just something for people to know about
  2. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    It could be a problem with your optical drive or the optical discs that you are using because I have successfully burned and verified it at 8x and 16x. Did you only try using a single brand of media?
  3. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    My DVD burner failed too, so I just put Lion on a USB drive.
    Macs have bad superdrives, there's no doubt about it. The first ever disk I burned on my brand new MacBook Pro failed, and so did the first ever disk I burned on a brand new iMac.
  4. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    Well I never had the optical drive fail me before
    and I always used the same brand and i always worked
    except this time...

    the weird thing is that, after the burn was complete the cd mounted on my desktop and it seemed all well, even after I restarted I got the Lion screen saying "installing"

    but after a while it will say install failed due to some error
  5. The Cat Empire macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2011
    When I tried burning Lion, I used 16x and it said "completed successfully", but when I put the disc back in the drive, the computer thought it was blank. There was obviously content on the disc (by looking at it).

    I burned it at 8x the second time and it worked.
  6. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Syracuse, NY
    it's good practice to always burn discs pertaining to system installs at a lower speed, and its not because your optical drive is faulty, errors happen more often at higher speeds
  7. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Errors happen MUCH too often with Apple optical drives in my experience. It's because they're using this weird cheap brand "Mat****a". I wonder why it has the word highlighted in bold in it, I bet it's there for a reason.

    I've never had problems burning disks on any PC, mostly with Samsung drives. How many times did I get "Verification Failed" on Macs? How many times did the verification complete successfully, only the disk never worked, or got stuck in my Mac without being able to eject it, as the computer thought there was nothing inside?

    Apple uses compromised components to achieve such a slim design. But the thing is, I don't really need to burn disks today anyway, so it's not a big deal. It's just stupid to waste a 4GB USB pendrive on an OS installer, when I may never even use it, and I could be making good use of my pendrive instead.

    Needless to say, I tried burning Lion to a DVD as well and it failed even before it started to burn, with a "Failed to calibrate laser power level" message. Can't even clean the laser as it's slot loading.
  8. pellets007 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2009
    New York
    Funny that you mention that. I burned Ubuntu onto a disk yesterday to put on another computer, and after it was complete, it would not work (the GUI came up, but it wouldn't load past that). Took me a second try to actually get a bootable disk. :rolleyes:
  9. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    I got fed up of the piles of drink coasters I was making so now I only use an external burner for DVDs. CDs will burn OK 95% of the time using the superdrive, but I've never had a mac that will burn DVDs reliably.
  10. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    Both my DVD and USB worked fine in the end, but I gotta say, USB is hell a lot faster than DVD. Even getting to the setup screen takes about 5 min on dvd!
  11. DJJAZZYJET macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
    i always burn at the slowest possible speed (2x i think), minimal chance of error, takes the longest but it makes sense, the longer it takes, the better the burn quality.
  12. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    FYI: Matshita is Panasonic, not exactly a weird cheap brand.
  13. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2010
    I always always burn disks of critical importance/system files at the slowest possible speed and verify them after they're done. Good practice IMO. Yeah it'll be done faster if you use a higher speed, but you're going to waste 10x as much time later if it burned with errors.

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