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dgreen007
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Dirty Burners

I've recently been experiencing write errors when burning 'stuff'  Wink to DVD.
I'm using ConvertXtoDVD 2.99.13.900 which has always worked well enough in the past.
The error message I get is:
write error at 2256(16) - code 03 73 03 [medium error, power callibration fail (CD Burner is dirty)]
Now I'm assuming 'dirty' means unclean in a 'dusty' kind of way which I'm hoping can be rectified easily.
Does anyone have suggestions as to how I can clean my 'dirty' burner. Is there a something physical I need to insert in the drive or perhaps a piece of software to run.
Maybe you'll tell me to stay well clear of ConvertXtoDVD.
Cry
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pierre_pierre
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Re: Dirty Burners

dont use any old rubbish under the cover of the DVD Burner, you can get specialized cleaner discs that  have a small felt section to which you apply a cleaner fluid, - normally isopropyl alcohol.  be careful ,dont damage the lazer lens
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Re: Dirty Burners

Given the price of drives I'd just buy a new one - under £30?
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Re: Dirty Burners

Quote from: HPsauce
Given the price of drives I'd just buy a new one - under £30?

I think the OP would rather burn DVD`s than money..... Wink
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Re: Dirty Burners

Quote from: shutter
I think the OP would rather burn DVD`s than money..... Wink

Indeed. And he could well burn a lot more money trying to fix it, compared to replacing it.  Grin
dgreen007
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Re: Dirty Burners

If I tried cleaning it first could I cause more damage to the rest of the machine or just the burner.
Maybe it's worth a try first if there isn't any chance of doing 'real' damage !
pierre_pierre
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Re: Dirty Burners

as long as you dont put it in the washing machine you should be ok, all you can do is the lens Kiss
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Re: Dirty Burners

I was only thinking of the cost of wasted media (+ time & effort), not collateral damage to the PC  Cheesy
VileReynard
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Re: Dirty Burners

You could also buy some RW DVD's - always useful, but check that they are compatible with your TV's DVD recorder, if you have one.

dgreen007
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Re: Dirty Burners

I simply bought a new spindle of DVDs (and a better quality of disc too)
Having read another thread somewhere it was suggested that you tend to get rubbishy Discs at the bottom of spindles and I think this was the case.
Thanks anyway !
Grin
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Re: Dirty Burners

"rubbishy Discs at the bottom of spindles"
Shocked Wow! I have never heard that one before, how is that supposed to happen then?
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Re: Dirty Burners

The dirty bits and bytes fall through from above....... Roll eyes
dgreen007
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Re: Dirty Burners

Quote from: God
"rubbishy Discs at the bottom of spindles"
Shocked Wow! I have never heard that one before, how is that supposed to happen then?

Don't ask me, it was something I read and it seems to be true.
I'm not complaining, it's saved me having to buy a lens cleaner and even a new drive which someone on here suggested.
The thread where I read this suggested that the manufacturers sometimes 'lose' faulty discs this way.
Rikaitch
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Re: Dirty Burners

Quote from: God
Shocked Wow! I have never heard that one before, how is that supposed to happen then?

Early spindles of Discs would often have bad discs because the discs would rotate on the spindle scratching themselves with micro scratches, leading to failures. Nowadays they come shrink wrapped, so it's a lot less common, but it still happens.