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Discussion in 'DVDR' started by cjthedj, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. cjthedj

    cjthedj Member

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    Could anyone help please. I am trying to burn a DVD from hard drive..I keep getting an error saying "Semaphore timeout period has expired". It invites me to retry which I do (57 times!!) and ultimately I got a perfect copy. Surely I don't have to keep my finger on the retry button when I should be away getting a beer. Has anyone had this problem because I would appreciate the solution.

    Great site by the way

    Chris
     
  2. Jeanc1

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    Is the name of the DVD file you trying to burn a long one ?? Rename it to a short one !

    Windows hates it when the total path length of the source file and the total path length of the
    destination file are greater than a given value (128). for example :-
    C\My Folder\movies\science_fiction\english\dvd_the toomb_of_the_fallen_angel_in_the_rough_part_1_and_2

    is along path name !! ~~smiles

    and will cause that
     
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    no the title is not long at all...just tried another but same again...any more ideas?
     
  4. Jeanc1

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    try this --

    Copy your source DVD to a NEW folder on your drive which would be C:\New Folder\your DVD
    then do a SIMULATION burn !
     
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    Nephilim Moderator Staff Member

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    Are you using an external burner?
     
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    I am using an external burner as I have a laptop...the idea about changing the source DVD is one that I dont understand...I am lost with these things...sorry
     
  7. Jeanc1

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    I believe Nephilim may have the solution ~~ smiles ..

    USB 1... or 2 ??
     
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    again...I am lost..usb 1 or 2?....how would I know?
     
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    could I also ask..what are the ideal settings for dvd encrypter?...u know all the tabs?
     
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    This link will help you dtermine whether you have USB 1.1 or 2.0 :)

    http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000602.htm

    The semaphore timeout error you're getting indicates that there's a problem with the data transfer between your laptop and burner. USB 1.1 is too slow to properly support a DVD burner.
     
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    I am using usb 2..I am really sorry to trouble you..I just never thought it would be so complex :(
     
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    Nephilim Moderator Staff Member

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    What happens if you try to burn at 2X?
     
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    the same thing...I bought 25 blank discs the other day...I am down to 5...do I have to go through this agony...is there any other software I can use?...I really am getting annoyed with this...is it my PC, my burner, the software...oh man I cant take it
     
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    Nephilim Moderator Staff Member

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    Is USB 2.0 support enabled in your BIOS?

    Have you updated the chipset and USB drivers for your PC?

    You may want to pick up a rewritable DVD until you get this sorted out :)
     

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