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bball 1515 Apr 04, 2003, 12:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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What is a power calibration error when trying to burn cd's?

I seem to get a power calibration error when trying to burn files off of my HD, however, it seems to work ok when burning cd images off of my HD.

I am using a TDK 12x cdr drive and nero burning software.

Any ideas?


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Ralph Bacon Apr 04, 2003, 01:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What is a "power calibration error" when trying to burn cd's?
When you burn a CD, the CD burner does a few test burn bits & bytes on a reserved area of the CDR / CDRW to ensure it is using just the right laser power level for the media you are using.

This area is not very large and it is quite conceivable that reusing the same CDR time and again (eg when incrementally adding more files) could stop the calibration process because it has run out of disk space to test on.

Your problem would seem to be wider than that simple issue. Have you tried different CDR media? It is just possible that your CDRs are not compatible (don't you just love that word) with your particular burner. Try another brand.

Incidentally your question did not make sense - you have problems when copying directly from CD, I presume, but is OK when burning from HD images? Have you got both CDR and CDRW on the same cable/power cable? Try moving them (temporarily) if that is the case, as they may be interfering with each other.

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bball 1515 Apr 04, 2003, 02:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What is a "power calibration error" when trying to burn cd's?
actually my question was phrased correctly , I have tried alternate media, that is not the problem. When a burn a disk image from the HD to the cd it seems to work, however when i try to burn data files like audio files etc[that are not in image format]. from the HD onto a cd then i get the power calibration error.

john brown May 15, 2004, 03:57am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,
i am having same problem.Am using nero 6. Have tried different brand disks - Imation/Maxell/TDK but none work.
infact my burner doesn't like tdk at all(yet mate has same as me nero 6 and uses tdk with no problems)
.Initially was told to disable ''imapi'' function and that seemed to solve the problem but now still
getting the same error message.
I can write to a rewriteable CD with no problem,but not to cdr's:(
Pulling my hair out here,as have tried so many things including completely reinstalling winxp.
Another suggestion was to disable APM in power settings but mine was already disabled so that's not
going to help obviously.
Frustration overload!
Any other suggestions?
thanks:)

Calvin Rodrigues Jun 01, 2004, 06:24am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Originally Posted by matt3678
this might be some help to all you guys out there which are having problems with this power calibration error.what i know is that the cd burning engine which comes with xp was developed by adaptec (i might be wrong so please dont hold me to it).so heres what to do and most of your problems hopefully will be solved.this is the easiest way to tell everyone.


1 on desktop click start
2 select control panel
3 click on administrative tools
4 click on services
5 browse your way down to IMAPI CD BURNING COM SERVICE
6 right click (on IMAPI) then select properties
7 in the middle of the window it will say start up type.click on the arrow to the right and select disabled.
8 make sure you click APPLY

thats it folks.you should notice that nero starts alot faster aswell

please leave any feedback here just to see if it worked for you or not

John Fowles Jun 24, 2004, 05:53pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Great but the administrative thingy is only in XP's control Panel not old-fashioned W98!!
lots of other good advice on the net re this annoying problem but not convinced about the suggestions I have found of not using cheap CD-Rs Never had a problem with cheapish sony disks before

patrick baker Jan 14, 2005, 10:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ive had the same problem in the past ,what i have found is that nero itself doesent work well with certain disks ,i have nero6 but most of the time i use veritas software record now that works fine

Steve Vickers Jan 16, 2005, 03:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What is a "power calibration error" when trying to burn cd's?

What is Power Calibration error.


A power calibration error is caused by the inability of a DVD-RW drive to use a DVD-R or DVD-RW disk.


DVD-R and DVD-RW disks themselves have information written on them, within this Media ID code there is information that the drive uses to calibrate itself to the disk, when a drive first starts to write to a disk it will burn a small amount of data to a calibration area on the disc, using the calibration information in the Media ID code, and then try to read back the data that it has written. If it cannot be read, then disk will be ejected and fail with a power calibration error.

A power calibration error is normally caused by problems with the media. Should you be experiencing problems with your drive or the media, we recommend that a disk from a good quality manufacturer be used to test it.

For fault finding purposes we recommend the use of a disk of a known high quality, we recommend disks from:


Pioneer Video Corporation
TDK Corporation
Hitachi Maxell
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Verbatim)
Taiyo-Yuden Co. LTD
Matsushita Electric
Industrial Co.,LTD (Panasonic)
Sony Corporation

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angryhippy Jan 16, 2005, 04:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well the constant in this thread seems to be Nero 6.0 Have all of you experiencing this problem upgraded to v. 6.6?

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Steve Vickers Jan 16, 2005, 10:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Funny Paytyon even with the answer in front of your face, you still give BS advise.....the answer is quite simple.....use good media and stop using the cheap crap....so simple.....

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>> Re: What is a "power calibration error" when trying to burn cd's?
Sorry I use the cheapest media I can find and have never had a problem with burning. I also have Nero 6.6 but prefer the freeware program CDBurner XPPro for data and musicmatch plus for burning mp3s or audio discs. Based on my experience I think the media problem is an urban myth, and the problems are software or hardware related, not media. The last stuff I bought was $6 for a 50 pack of CD-R. you can't get much crappier than that. And upgrading your software to the latest version is NEVER BS advice. Especially when you are having a problem.

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S S Jan 18, 2005, 07:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Steve I agree with you that cheap media at times brings about such a problem, but in this case here the users have tried using different brands of media with similar results, so we should keep exploring other possibilties until the problem is totally solved.
A quick google and apparently Nero is the most common factor among other users I found on the net that have the same problem. So if you're experiencing this problem, could you try using a different burning software (Even the built in XP software) and see if you are successful in burning then post the resluts here.

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Derek Berar Jan 18, 2005, 07:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What is a "power calibration error" when trying to burn cd's?
This is something I got with my friends DVD burner. Its a TDK 440N Indi-dvd burner. Has absolutly no problem reading cds, reading dvds, no problem even burning cds, but it is unable to burn a dvd. I used to get the same power calibration error. I thought it might be a dirty lens or dust inside the burner, so I took it apart, looked at it cleaned the lens and put it back together. Now I just get a "burn failed" message when I try to burn a dvd. I have tried different media types including TDK which would definitly work b/c its a TDK burner. The dvd burner still reads cds and dvds and burns cds perfect, but cannot burn a dvd. The "burning failed" shows up(I'm using nero) after about 20 seconds into the burn process. Nothing is even written to the dvd, as I am able to reuse the dvd. What could be the problem? Ive also tried the burner in 3 different computers with nero 6. Same problem!

O yea BTW beside the TDK DVD-Rs ive used Memorex DVD-Rs. I would consider both of these brands good, and considering that memorex used to work in the burner. Idk what hapened. One day this problem just came up.

S S Jan 18, 2005, 08:06pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Try using a different burning software other than Nero and post on the results!



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Andrew Barlow Jan 20, 2005, 03:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi

I have a LireOn SOHW-1633sx dvd-rw drive and i also recieve power callibration errors i have used both nero 6 and dvd deycrypter and still get the same old error. The compilation iam currently burning is 4GB and with nero and decrypter i get the error but interestingly enough if i try and burn say a 1GB compilation i have no probs. Iam using sub standard media but im just wondering why it works for some compilations and not for others....maybe the size could be part of it....i dont know???

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>> Re: What is a "power calibration error" when trying to burn cd's?
From FAQ section on Nero website.

9. I get a 'Power calibration error' or 'Calibration area (almost) full' error message. Why?

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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Andrew Barlow Jan 21, 2005, 03:22am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi

After following Calvins advice on disabling Win XP's cd burning engine, i have been able to burn anythin i want and at a high speed and with crap media with no probs what so ever, i think any peeps who are running win xp and have power calibration errors should try this....:-)

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"woohoo success" Ok, so after reading forum after forum on this issue because i was suffering from the power calibration plague as well. My 32x10x40 never had a problum burning on low end media or high end for that matter. After updating this, and patching that, expensive media, software changes my issue got progressively worse until absolutely no burn no time, power calibration error every time. I re-installed my roxio 5, dismanteled my tdk burner and cleaned it with alcohol and q-tips, paying particular attention to the laser lense. After re-installing my burner I can again burn like madd "even on da cheap stuff". Moral? dust is no friend to the puter. Clean your laser lense.
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apouve HUYNH Feb 02, 2005, 07:12am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have proplem with my CD/DVD+RW drive (Sony). When I have written DVD +RW Philips (data, media…) with Nero 5.5,that’s very good. But now, I couldn’t write the same DVD + RW Philips because “power cabliration error”. I re-installed driver DVD, flash new firmware, re-install WinXP but even I can’t write. My problem is only with DVD. For CD, it’s good.

And the last, I did with Calvin’s advice, clean my laser lense but I can’t write.

What I have to do, now?????????

Sorry about my English if I have fault

Harvey Lloyd Mar 07, 2007, 06:02pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have had problems with the same issue. The burner burnt RW's but not ordinary disks which caused a lot of problems with an overseas programme I was working on and missed the boat. Fortunately a previously burnt RW was able to be sent.

I tried your advise regarding closing down the service and it worked. Thank you as you have saved me from having to buy another burner.

As a computer repairer, I am unsure why closing down this service worked and if I had used another brand of DVD would the trouble have occurred. Do you have any insight on these issues?

I have never subscribed to an advisory service such as yours before but will continue to do so.

Once again thanks for the great tip.

Regards

Harvey Lloyd
Brisbane Australia

Harvey Lloyd Mar 07, 2007, 06:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What is a "power calibration error" when trying to burn cd's?
Sorry, I sent my message to the wrong person as I am new to this type of service advice. Sorry for any embarrassment I might have caused.

My original statement was:

I have had problems with the same issue. The burner burnt RW's but not ordinary disks which caused a lot of problems with an overseas programme I was working on and missed the boat. Fortunately a previously burnt RW was able to be sent.

I tried your advice regarding closing down the service and it worked. Thank you as you have saved me from having to buy another burner.

As a computer repairer, I am unsure why closing down this service worked and if I had used another brand of DVD would the trouble have occurred. Do you have any insight on these issues?

I have never subscribed to an advisory service such as yours before but will continue to do so.

Once again thanks for the great tip.

Regards

Harvey Lloyd
Brisbane Australia


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