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post #1 of 8
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tried to burn a music cd from itunes (then with toast titanium)
MB 2.0 C2d 2bg ram 10.4.11
Media: sony cd-r
i've gotten the following error messages
"the attempt to burn a disc failed the device failed to calibrate the laser power level for this media"

"failed to respond properly unable to recover or retry"

when i tried with toast
"sense key=medium error
sense code=)xoc, ox73,ox03"

i tried 5 times, and now 5 "coasters"
was able to burn my music disc using an external burner
tried burning some photos using toast but "lead in or lead out failed to be written"

BUT--had no trouble burning a dvd from iDVD

any suggestions, if it's a media issue which to use, i thought sony was good
thanks for your help
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post #2 of 8
Aren't the lasers for CDs and DVDs different?

You CD burner sounds like it's trashed

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i'm glad i have applecare, but why would they use different lasers? i may have to call applecare, but i really rarely use the cd burner but i want it to work, is sony good media??
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post #4 of 8
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you are probably correct
i found this at "eggheadcafe"

Burner will not recognize Blank Media - M.I.5¾
09-Jan-08 08:19:58
The CD laser is most probably knackered (to use the technical term). The
other disk types are all detectable and readable with the DVD laser. CD-Rs
cannot reflect the red/orange DVD laser. The chances are that if the disc
was detected, it wouldn't write a reliable image to it. You may still be
able to write to CD-RWs because they are written a completely different way
and use a lower write power from the CD-laser.

Sadly, solid state lasers decay with use, the rate varying between different
samples. Laser failure is the most common mode of failure for DVD/CD
burners (though the DVD laser usually fails first - but this would depend on
use).

I'm calling apple care....hope i don't have to send it in
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did a google search for can't burn cd, got a bunch that showed problems with superdrive update 2.1

so i did what they said, some said to trash it some said to delete from login
well when i put it in the trash (didn't empty it) it would burn the cd but not play a dvd....GEEE
when i took it out of the trash and put it back in applications and login at startup
it will play the dvd and i didn't try to burn the disk, i'd rather have the dvd player
BUT it must be that superdrive update 2.1 some superdrives were "bricked"

i will tell you when superdrive update "launches" it has an error message to send to apple, i just for the longest time just hit "cancel"

soooooo maybe apple has a solution, and i'll call applecare, but now i know its a software/ firmware type thing and not my laser got zwicked or something the tech guys call it
i bet others here in AI have had this problem

because all these have: http://www.google.com/search?client=...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

if i find something about fixing it i will post it
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post #6 of 8
It sounds more like the Sony CD-rs are the problem. If the laser was shot it wouldn't even burn dvd's try a different brand of cd-rs as some media can be rejected by the apple superdrives they tend to be picky with some media.

If possible grab some verbatium CD's these have never caused any problems for me.
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so i update to latest itunes, used memorex cd-r it worked though it took (its estimate) 8min to burn a 17 song disc\\ isn't the write speed of the superdrive up to 24x???? well it was slow but worked

i should have tried it without the update first but hey it works, i was thinking of upgrading to leopard just for this, but i would lose my quicken 2003

THANKS FOR YOUR INSIGHT
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post #8 of 8
The write speed of the apple superdrives is mostly max at 8x but some media only allows slower speeds.

I have found itunes to burn fairly slowly at times regardless of which media I have been using.

Great to hear it works albeit slow but it could itunes causing the slowness.
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