thanks for the tip saxif.
i`m getting error codes, on windows media player (wmp) and real player, they are pretty generic and tell me to make sure the disk is clean and if the problem continues, lower the burn speed. neither of these things worked, and real`s long list of things to consider, like a full or fragmented disk, has been checked though and still no change. on both of these players the burn gets ready to start but never does.
nero was the same and at first gave a power calibration error, which again alludes to media problems apparently, but after checking out this error i found suggestions that wmp has something called imapi cd-burning com which causes these problems on nero, so after deactivating that through administration tools>servies, nero almost got to the end of the burn and then gave an `illegal block size for command error`.
out of time on that day, i didn't get to research that error. since then i did a system restore to the beginning of the month and still there was no change. I've made sure the imapi cd-burning com was de-activated again, but now nero only prepares to burn and then stops, giving a collection of three errors somewhat randomly it seems: power calibraion error, unspecified target error, illegal block size for command error.
as dvd and cds use different lasers, it`s been suggested that the cd burner itself is probably dying, and yet i can play cds and the nero cd tests were all done successfully. i`m using a matsubleepa dvd-ram uj-811 on a laptop, so theres no convenience in changing the burner. how likely is it that burners would die within 2 years, especially one not used that often?
any information, especially at the moment on testing if the fault is with the hardware, would be much appreciated.
Edited by motobike, 25 November 2005 - 12:42 AM.