opinions on Iomegas Super DVD

bobarnett

New member
I have been using Iomega's Super DVD for maybe five or six months and it has worked ok. I have had a few problems here or there in burning a DVD taking sometimes 7-12 times to complete the process but I have never been sure if this was a software or hardware problem. Now, I'm really having problems in burning to a DVD. It will go burn about 20-30% of the ISO file and then just stop. I've tried this probably twenty times trying to burn a couple of differnent ISO files and using a couple of different software products; Roxio's Disc Copy and the free version of Deepburner. Both do about the same. Does anyone have an opinion on this drive, have any idea why this is happening or what I can do?
 

phd

Super Moderator
Also, do you have the original Iomega software installed? Look for conflicts there. If you've got multiple burning software installed, that can cause an issue.

I believe its a reskinned LG drive. There's been a few different versions produced. Find out which one you have and check for any issues that may exist with the OEM version.
 

bobarnett

New member
I checked and DMA is not enabled...
I use RiData discs which were recommended by the manufacturer of my DVD player/recorder I use with TiVo...
I thought I remembered uninstalling the Iomega Hotburn software that came with the drive but I checked anyway and it is not on computer...
but even after I downloaded and installed the latest firmware from Iomega for this unit, I still am having the same problem.
I'm rather new at all this, so can you tell me what an "LG" drive is and where I would find out about "issues"?
Thank you for your comments, I appreciate your time.
 

phd

Super Moderator
LG is a drive manufacturer like Sony or Pioneer. You can usually determine the model number by opening My Computer, right click on the drive and select Properties. Then select the Hardware tab.

Also you can check in Device Manager.

Once you determine the manufacturer and model number, simply perform a Google search.
 

bobarnett

New member
I enabled the DMA... no difference.
I reinstalled my burning software... no difference.
I found the model number HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4081B and googled it finding a handful of similar problems and a few suggestions but no solutions seem to be found except maybe better quality disks.
I have already burned appx 500 RiData disks and would wonder why it suddenly would be an issue but I did go ahead and order some Verbatim disks to try.
I'm wondering if I just have a lemon of a burner.
 

Anole

Moderator
reliable burning

If all else fails, get a different drive.
That cured my problems in the summer of 2004!

Do you have to have DVDram support?
If not, there are lots of inexpensive options.
I favor NEC, as I've had very good luck with their 16x dual layer unit.
I've used their 3520's but the 3540 is the current model.
Goes for around $42 at Newegg.com

I'm a user of RiData or Ritek media in both 4x -R, and 8x +R & -R, and haven't had any bad experiences with it.
I also use ProDisc printable 8x -R quite a lot.
A few hundred Ritek, and more hundreds of ProDisc....
Media is easy to change when you are having problems, and you seem to be on top of that. ;)

Oh, and I'm partial to Nero Burning Rom ver 6.6 for making my discs.
But 6.0 and 5.something did fine, as well.
Haven't found any use for the rest of the software in the Nero suite, though.

Finally, what other software (especially such things as anti-virus) might you have loaded lately??
 

bitter_old_man

New member
Re: reliable burning

Anole said:
I favor NEC, as I've had very good luck with their 16x dual layer unit.
I've used their 3520's but the 3540 is the current model.
I like NEC also. My 3500 has been flawless. But if I was buying a burner today, I'd buy a BenQ 1640. BTW, the NEC 3550 is now available.

I'm a user of RiData or Ritek media in both 4x -R, and 8x +R & -R, and haven't had any bad experiences with it.
Here are a few of the many links at CDFreaks about Ritek problems:

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=143715
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=154881
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=152109
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=148406
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=148639

Barry
 

bobarnett

New member
Plextor vs BenQ

I hear good things about Plextor PlexWriter 12/10/32A as well as the BenQ device mentioned here. Any comments or comparisons?
I just noticed that BenQ has no USB burners. My Iomega SuperDVD is a USB device. Is this my problem? Are these USB units less reliable?
 

bobarnett

New member
FIXED!!!! ... I hope.

:D Well, I think I just may have tracked the problem down. Someone suggested that it could be something that could be disabled using msconfig. I went in there and disabled half of the 20 items listed in the startup tab and... voila... I could then burn a disk with no problem. Through a process of elimination, I narrowed it down to two items; jusched (java update scheduler) and/or res.exe (USBToolBox something or other).
Then, when just nosing around, I found an option in the burning program I use, Roxio's Disc Copier, wherein you could tell it to always use disk caching during the burning process. I had a hunch that perhaps it was trying to burn too fast (although it does say it has "buffer underrun protection"). So I re-enabled everything in msconfig to startup, rebooted and, happily, was able to burn a disk with no hitches. I noticed that when Disc Copier was not instructed to cache to disk, it was transcoding and burning at the same time, whereas telling it to cache to disk caused it to transcode first and then burn to disk.
Although I didn't end up needing to disable any startup item, I thought, since it seemed to 'almost' help, maybe this process might help someone else find a solution. Thanks for all the help. :D
 

Anole

Moderator
Glad to have ya up 'n running.
Oh, and welcome aboard
Hope all your troubles go away so easily.
:)
 
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