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2012-02-26 at 07:28AM UTC #6297
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QuickMythril

ok this is a very strange situation. i used to have a sony optiarc dvd drive (came stock in my emachines EL1210-09 mini desktop) and every once in a while i would get an issue where, when i put my blank dvd in, it would hang at Device Not Ready (Logical Unit is in process of becoming ready), instead of changing to Ready. eventually the laser went bad and i got a new drive from walmart (i think the hp 1270i, which just so happened to be a crossbadged ihas 124-A). the issue still happened so i figured maybe it wasn’t the drive after all. back then i was buying sony (MBIPG101-R10-65) discs and then memorex (RITEK-S04-66) once they stopped carrying the sony in my area.

since then i have gotten an ihas-b and been buying online Verbatim for xgd3 and Optical Quantum (RICOHJPN-D01-67) for xgd2. the issue still happened once in a while and usually all i would have to do was restart my computer. when i try to close imgburn it says Close Request Acknowledged, and Closing Down… in the log window but the status bar stays at Terminating AutoInsert Thread… and i have to use task manager to close the window, however even when i end the process it still stays running in the list. then when i restart windows it just hangs at the shutting down screen and i have to manually turn it off by holding in the power button.

sometimes i would have to restart 2 or even 3 times, but normally i could just burn discs as normal and they came out fine. now today, i burned a few xgd3s to verbatim, then later i tried to put in an OQ disc and it did the same thing again. it’s weird i can hear the disc reading making the usual whirring and clicking sounds, but then the drive sort of stops and goes quiet. plus something that never happened before today, now mostly instead of freezing up, it goes to Device Not Ready (Medium not present – tray closed), so it thinks there is no disc at all! the thing is when i put in a verbatim now, it still works just fine. after reading the disc i can hear it spin up and imgburn goes to Ready status.

it can read OQ discs that have already been burned. i tried another disc from the spindle thinking maybe that one was bad. still no luck, so i tried a bunch from different spots in the spindle thinking maybe i had a bad chunk at the top, even though i have already used the first 3 of them successfully. i looked at the bottoms of the discs, they -seemed- fine. i tried everything i could think of that would affect my drive and my computer. i reflashed the drive firmware, i tried using stock fw instead of burner max. i have reinstalled windows since this issue was happening long ago, but if i can’t figure anything else out i might try that again. i took the drive apart, cleaned the laser… too bad there is no pot tweak for ihas. i tried looking at every possible imgburn setting i could. i cleared the OPC data. thought maybe it was a problem with imgburn, so i tried to load the disc with the program closed. if i had a way to power my ihas i could take it to the other computer using the usbpro, but i only have older molex in that system.

honestly it’s not that big of a deal, i can always use my verbatim discs for xgd2 also, i’m just stuck with a stack of 47 Optical Quantum discs that i can’t use… is it possible my laser has gone bad from burning too many discs and now it’s not strong enough to detect this media? i only have those two types of blanks at the moment, but i will try others at some point. is it normal to only expect a few hundred disc burns from a drive before the laser dies? if anyone has any ideas, it’d be greatly appreciated.

2012-02-26 at 05:16PM UTC #6298
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jcb1973

My samsung burner started doing the same thing, wouldnt read blanks or anything I put in it. I know I burned over a thousand discs with it. I figured it was time to buy a new one, but decided to take it out and clean it with the q-tip and rubbing alcohol to the laser and cleaned any dust out. Let it dry out and put it back into the computer and it worked perfect ever sense. Would be worth a tear down and cleaning first to see if that takes care of it.

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2012-02-26 at 09:16PM UTC #6300
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Gavin28

Hi, i had the same problem with a new computer i just built, i knew it wasn’t my iHAS drive playing up because it worked fine in my old comp.

I had the same problem of Imgburn hanging and having to hold the power button to shut down just like you described. It also failed verification of every disk i burnt, but they passed fine in KProbe quality checks and ABGX to verify all data was there.

I found the problem to be the PCI SATA card i was using, i just moved it to a different PCI slot and not had a problem since. I also changed the SATA cable at the same time so it could have been a dodgy cable.

2012-03-03 at 12:52AM UTC #6333
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QuickMythril

i am totally stumped by this issue… i tried reinstalling windows (tried 7 and 8), i tried using my x360usb pro to connect my ihas, i tried using the ihas on a different desktop. i tried switching the circuit boards from the ihas-124b and the ihas-224a that i have. same issue on both drives, so that seems to rule out a bad laser. i have tried changing every single piece of the puzzle and still have nothing. i am guessing that somehow my onboard sata got screwed up to the point where i can read verbatim but not OQ, but that doesn’t explain why it didn’t work when i put the drive in another computer… for now i am just burning xgd2 on that computer with a different drive, but i really would like to be able to use one drive for everything again. something else worth mentioning, i tried putting in a single layer memorex dvd-r to burn windows 8, and it wouldn’t read that disc either. just got the “Medium not present” again…basically same as “open tray” on the xbox, it thinks there is no disc there…

to address the suggestions mentioned above: i tried cleaning the laser. i tried changing the sata cable. i had issues with verifying in imgburn when the checkbox was selected and it would autoverify after the burn finished, but if i let the burn finish, then manually went to verify against iso, it would verify just fine. i could try switching the hard drive and the dvd drive sata ports and see if it makes any difference.

2012-03-03 at 11:35PM UTC #6348
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QuickMythril

argh, unfortunately my other system is failing xgd2 burns near the layerbreak now with optical quantum discs. first one said “invalid write address” just after it started the second layer, then the next one said the same thing before it even finished the first layer. i might just go verbatim all the way, but i still have all these discs i can’t use…

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