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BIG problem need help asap with DVD Drive not seeing media

Discussion in 'DVDR' started by Navig8r, Sep 17, 2004.

  1. Navig8r

    Navig8r Regular member

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    Ok this just started last night...
    I have burned well over 50 disks now all of a sudden
    Nero (burn button) is grayed out when i try to burn

    I have a toshiba sd-r5112 using Nero 6
    has worked fine up till last night

    i have rebooted machine for starters, honestly not sure what to look for, it acts as if I havent put in a blank DVD (Prodisk 4x)

    Any suggestions on what happened and most importantly what I can do to FIX this????
     
  2. ScubaPete

    ScubaPete Senior member

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    Hi Navig8r,

    As I'm sure you know your Prodisk isn't on our recommended list and for cause, it is ranked medium to poor.

    I can only suggest that you try for a media upgrade to some recommended media. Some choices for DVD video burning would be, RiData, Sony, TDK, Ritek G04, Verbatim DataLife, Verbatim DataLife Plus, media boasting "Advanced Metal AZO", Taiyo Yuden's and generally, almost any discs manufactured by Mitsubishi are excellent bets. Other media could very well cause errors, only the very best media should be used for DVD Video backups. Now is defiantly not the time to put your, "Boy did I save money buying this crappy cheap stuff." in - )

    It's possible that another firmware update might be available; you could use DVD Decrypter to search for your firmware -

    It this juncture that seems like your only 2 options -

    Cheers,

    Pete
     
  3. Navig8r

    Navig8r Regular member

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    Yo ScubaPete

    Thanks for the answer, I was hoping you would be the one to answer my question, you always seem to know

    I do have a question now for you...
    I got that media from
    www.supermediastore.com

    I read the review there on it and also noticed that it was ranked right up there with Ritek
    that is why i purchased them
    I used a 50 pack (not a single coaster or prob)
    so I purchased a 100 pack (2 50 packs)

    My question would be I have since only opened 1 of the
    50 packs
    In your experience is it possible for me to return the unopened 50??
    Just wondering if you have ever done this (not that
    you work for them or anything..lol)

    I will definetly be switching media per your suggestion
    what would be YOUR best suggestion for my
    particualr burner Tochiba SD-R5112???
    I really cant afford to be experimenting to much
    at least not without catching a frying pan to the
    back of my head from the wifey and saying "I told you
    all that SH** was a waste of time and money".....LOL

    Appreciate any help and suggestions you can give me

    Thanks Scuba
     
  4. ScubaPete

    ScubaPete Senior member

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    Hi there Navig8r,

    I spent some time and researched your Prodisc.

    Tracing your media through MediaMatch I found the following:

    Search result offerer: Prodisc

    Left: [ Prodisc Taiwan ]

    1 entry in the data base of this offerer.

    General data:
    Offerer: Prodisc
    Designation: DVD r
    Print: without

    Packing: Spindle 50 pieces
    EAN code: without
    UPC code: without
    Detail:
    Manufacturer's code: ProdiscS03
    Manufacturer: Prodisc Technology Inc..
    Dye type: Unknown - ( this usually means that they change dyes, not good.)
    Version:
    Data capacity: 4.70 GB
    Video capacity: 120 minutes (standard Play
    Remark: Surface with ink jet printer printable.


    Further search results:


    Search result manufacturer's code:
    Manufacturer's code: ProdiscS03 Manufacturer: Prodisc Technology Inc..

    3 entries in the data base with this manufacturer's code. S03

    EAN code (The top line under each disc)
    UPC code (The bottom line under each disc)

    Fuji
    DVD r general Use
    4.7 GB/single Sided
    Jewel Case 5 pieces
    4902520234780
    without

    Fuji
    DVD r general Use
    4.7 GB/single Sided
    Jewel Case
    4902520234773
    without

    Prodisc
    DVD r general Use
    4.7 GB/single Sided
    Spindle 50 pieces
    without
    without

    Translation by ScubaPete -

    Your Prodisc don't even sport an EAN code. What is a EAN or a UPC bar code ?
    Here is the definition of the codes:
    The primary purpose for these barcodes is to uniquely identify a product and manufacturer.
    The closest we can come is that FUJI (which does sport an EAN code) has the same mfg. code as Prodisc.

    Which leads one to speculate that they are mfg at the same plant. A question then, why no code for Prodisc ? A product that's mfged at many plants would find it almost impossible to get a EAN or UPC code as those codes name a specific site of mfg. An unknown dye mfged at different places would be also hard pressed to maintain any type of quality control over their product -

    BTW, FUJI is on our poor media list too. Should you wish to know, their dye is unknown also
    :(

    There ya are - Prodisc, SUCKS ! !


    Ooohh yes, before I forget, I wouldn't think you'd have any problem returning your unopened spindle of discs, especially if they wish to keep you as a future customer but every company has their own rules.

    Some recommended media for DVD video burning would be, RiData, Sony, TDK, Ritek G04, Verbatim DataLife, Verbatim DataLife Plus, media boasting “Advanced Metal AZO", Taiyo Yuden's and generally, almost any discs manufactured by Mitsubishi are excellent bets. Other media could very well cause errors, only the very best media should be used for DVD Video backups. Now is defiantly not the time to put your, "Boy did I save money buying this crappy cheap stuff." in - )

    When in doubt, check your discs with the Disc Identifier –

    http://dvd.identifier.cdfreaks.com/

    With a German to English Translator you can check all of your media here, at Media-match:)

    http://www.mediamatch.de/medien.php

    Your media is important when backing up DVD's.

    Cheers,

    Pete


     

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