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Is my burner dying?

Discussion in 'DVD / Blu-ray drives' started by db62, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. db62

    db62 Member

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    Hi...

    My DVD burner is a HP DVD Writer 630c. i have had my system for a little over 2 years now. Just recently, when I try to burn a DVD movie (at the writting stage...) It DOES NOT start to write and comes back with media being bad. I even upgrade the burner firmware and same thing. I only use Verbatim and Sony and I know this media is fine. Does this mean my burner is dying? If so, what would be a good one to buy? I use it for Movies, CD's and Video game back-ups. Thanks to all in advance!

    Dan
     
  2. Car.Mike

    Car.Mike Active member

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    I checked to see if there was a firmware update for that burner and the last one was in 2004. I think your problem is that the burner does not recog the newer blank media's MID code and it will not correctly write the files to the DVD. I would just buy a newer DVD burner.
     
  3. saugmon

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    HP is imfamous about not issueing any newer firmware updates. I'm waiting for an update for the HP 640c. If you went from 8x sony/verbatim to the 16x,then that would confirm the firmware issue.

    You may want to try to find the older 4x/8x media-beware of 16x.

    You may still be able to use that HP as a reader,like I do. They are pretty good readers.It'll save a lot of wear and tear from your new burner.

    Then look at newegg.com for:

    Plextor
    Lite-on
    NEC
    Lite-on
    Pioneer

    Now if you could get a hold of a Benq, Model # 1620 to 1650,they'd burn those sony and verbatim all day long. These drives are getting very scarce,but very good drives.
     

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