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never ending problems burning DVDs

Discussion in 'Nero discussion' started by pjz0001, May 12, 2007.

  1. pjz0001

    pjz0001 Member

    Apr 7, 2007
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    So this is like the 10th time I've tried to burn a DVD using the SAME EXACT WAY that I have for the past year. I havent had any issues in the past up until about 1 month ago.

    For whatever reason I am getting a "power calibration" error now. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN!

    you can see my other posts for more issues to see what I mean.

    someone help!

    Is my computer dead or something?
  2. binkie7

    binkie7 Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 12, 2005
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    Your drive might be but I didn't look at your other posts.

    Here's causes of power calibration errors from Nero - would hold true for other programs too. It says cd but for dvd's would be the same:

    Power Calibration is controlled by the recorder.

    Before any write operation, all recorders must do a 15 step power test to determine the optimum power for writing to the CD; this is called "Optimum Power Calibration"(OPC). During the write, it continues to do this test to get the best write throughout the whole CD; this is called "Running Optimum Power Calibration" (ROPC).
    This whole process is controlled by the recorder, though initiated by programs such as Nero. There is an area on the inner part of the CD for the test and test data info to be stored. You can use this area up to 999 times.

    If you receive the "Power calibration error" or "Power calibration area is (amost) full" error message, the cause will be either poor media, poor power, or a defective recorder.

    Please try the following solutions:

    * Update the firmware of your recorder. Please check the manufacturer's website for the latest version.
    * Try another brand of CD-R or CD-RW media.
    * Try different power connectors, and for recorders, do not share power with other devices. It needs its own power connector. If the error occurs with an external recorder, the power source in the chassis could be the cause. As a test, try to take the recorder out of the external chassis and connect it internal.
    * Try different configurations, such as taking the CD-ROM to the primary IDE bus as slave and have only the recorder connected to the secondary IDE bus as master.
    * Send the recorder in for service.

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