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I got some empty DVD-R's (16x) from a friend but I can't burn any data onto it. Nero said it was power calibre failure, i didn't know what that was so I tried with some of the disks(8x) at home and they work fine. So i tried then to lower the speed at which i wrote data onto the disk using the 16x DVD-R's and it still didn't work. I'm pretty sure my DVD writer can burn data at 16x so what is wrong????

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I'm not the expert that 2zzge is hoping will stop by to solve this one in a display of brilliance.


However, here's a couple of thoughts.


--If you also have Roxio software on your machine, you may want to consider uninstalling it.


--Depending upon the brand name of your DVD-RW, you may benefit from updating the firmware.


--In my limited practical experience, I'm with 2zzge, that some units handle different types of Disk blanks better than others.


Best Regards

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I'm with the others and have no idea what that error message means, and agree with what they have said as well. That being said this is a good site,




to get reviews/user feedback on just about everything to do with dvd players/burners/media. Have a poke around and maybe you can find if it is your burner that doesn't like that particualr make of disk, or it could even be that that make of disk doesn't work for a lot of people (or it could even come down to the burning software you are using).

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It's not Power Calibre Failure, it's Power Calibration Failure. This info is from Nero's Support/FAQ/Error Message section, a good place to look for Nero problems:


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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