Apparently it's a Samsung, but given to OEMs. I can't remember if I got this when I got my computer(Dell) or if I bought it from Walmart.
In any case, I'm trying to burn a dvd, ImgBurn says it's working fine, go to verify, I get an error: "Verified Failed! Reason: Layouts do not match"
So, I tell ImgBurn to burn it without verify. Hey, it says sucess, but when I go to look at the disc, nothing is on it. I look at it physically, doesn't look like any other DVDs I've burned before, you can't see the written parts.
Also, I put another DVD in the drive that I've burned using the same drive and it was read just fine.
Any suggestions as to what might be going on?
Before someone asks, I am using Windows 7 Ultimate
Also, I tried with 3 different DVDs.
They are Phillips 16x DVDs. I tried to lower the write speed.
Also, I noticed something happening. When it was writing, sometimes it went to a dead stop, one second it's writing at 12x the next it's writing at 0x (yes, zero). Instead of taking about 3-5mins to write, it takes 15-20 minutes "not to write"
In case any of this helps....
Log Window when imgBurn first Opens
I 18:35:25 ImgBurn Version 22.214.171.124 started!
I 18:35:25 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Edition (6.1, Build 7600)
I 18:35:25 Total Physical Memory: 2,095,596 KB - Available: 485,156 KB
I 18:35:25 Initialising SPTI...
I 18:35:25 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...
I 18:35:25 -> Drive 1 - Info: ELBY CLONEDRIVE 1.4 (V: ) (SCSI)
I 18:35:26 -> Drive 2 - Info: TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S203N SB01 (E: ) (RAID)
I 18:35:26 Found 1 DVD±RW/RAM and 1 BD-ROM/HD DVD-ROM!
Info from the Device Tab
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S203N SB01 (RAID)
Current Profile: DVD-R
State of Last Session: Empty
Free Sectors: 2,298,496
Free Space: 4,707,319,808 bytes
Free Time: 510:48:46 (MM:SS:FF)
Next Writable Address: 0
Supported Write Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x, 18x
Physical Format Information (Last Recorded):
Disc ID: 0@P-!-00
Book Type: DVD-R
Part Version: 5
Disc Size: 120mm
Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified
Number of Layers: 1
Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP)
Linear Density: 0.267 um/bit
Track Density: 0.74 um/track
First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608
Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 0
Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0
DVD-R's can be multi-session, there's no problem in that.
Lets me try to answer your original question, when you write you DVD and the verification failed. I was not multi-session. So after that when you wrote on it a second time the previous data got erased. Or lost. It sometimes happens when you overwrite on a finalized disk.
For your subsequent failures and long time to write a disk:
Go to BIOS and check your DVD Writer settings. See if it is set to DMA or PIO. If its PIO then change it to DMA. PIO modes make Burners/HDD slow.
Would it just randomly change? I've burned on this burner before. There's no data on the dvd when I write even though imgburn says it was successful (without verification). Other computers don't see any data on it either. I'm thinking that maybe the write laser has failed, but reading one is still working just fine. Could that be a possibility?
Well i couldn't find any manual for your mobo so that i can point you out where your DMA option would be. Generally when you see your DVD Writer on the main page of the BIOS, just select it and press enter and inside you would find some options, one of them would be how would like to operate your device, ie, PIO or DMA.
Anyways, just try with another software and see. I don't think that would help But give it a try. Otherwise, if its in warranty RMA it.