Toshiba laptops plays DVDs but can't create them

By jobeard
May 23, 2011
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  1. [resolved] Toshiba laptops plays DVDs but can't create them

    Bizarre; I can r/w CDs and play DVDs but can not create a DVD.

    Toshiba Laptop with Win/XP Pro and a combo DVD/CD HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4243N
    No upper or lower filters are on the device registry entry was applied anyway.
    aspi_471a2 was installed and provided
    aspi32.sys & winaspi.dll

    NTSC Pan & was loaded to provided sample *.VOB files for testing

    Instacodecs.exe was loaded to get a flock of CODECs (just in case)​

    Tools and symptoms:
    Photo DVD Maker always complains: Device Not Found
    Express Burn: wants to ONLY create *.iso & will not access the DVD
    ImgBurn: Finds the Device
    insert media
    add a video (aka *.mp4)
    Calc size = 1.24 mb, free= 684mb
    and the lower window status reads
    Device Not Ready (No Reference Position Found)​
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,466   +1,760

    Just for laughs you should beg or borrow a USB DVD burner and see what happens with that.

    I think there are separate read / burn lasers for DVD, but I'm not certain.

    In any event, swapping out the drive would vector your search for the problem.

    By the way, (IMHO & experience), Toshiba drives suck, and do crazy s*** like this. At least the two I've had certainly did. (2 TSST 162's in Emachines desktop. 1st desktop went back, bad drive, 2nd drive replaced by a Pioneer DVR 111).
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 9,156   +598

    I hate it but afraid you are 100% spot on :( SURE stinks as a major concept of a
    laptop is self-contained portability. grrrrrrrr.

  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 9,156   +598

    resolved with purchase of LG GP08LU30 8x Slim CD/DVD Burner

    some of these need two usb ports to get sufficient power, but while this one has the
    two-tailed USB cable, at least on my Toshiba Lt, it runs from only one.

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