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After updating to Toast 9.04, I am unable to burn DVD-R's using my external burner. The burner is capable of burning any type of DVD and CD media (aside from Blu-Ray or HD), and prior to the update, I was able to successfully create DVD-R's. Now, the program begins the burn and freezes on the "Writing Lead-In" phase and hangs at 0% for as long as 18 minutes (I got impatient).

 

Any Suggestions??

 

 

 

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After updating to Toast 9.04, I am unable to burn DVD-R's using my external burner. The burner is capable of burning any type of DVD and CD media (aside from Blu-Ray or HD), and prior to the update, I was able to successfully create DVD-R's. Now, the program begins the burn and freezes on the "Writing Lead-In" phase and hangs at 0% for as long as 18 minutes (I got impatient).

 

Any Suggestions??

Brand of media? Perhaps you have a few bad ones in your box. Memorex and store brands will give you more problems than better brands such as Verbatim or Toiyo Yuden.

 

How old is the burner? Have you tried cleaning it with a disc cleaner (disc with brushes).

 

 

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I hate to disagree with sknis, especially in the toast forum.. :)

 

http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?showtopic=4982

 

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Oops, yes, I forgot to add cleaning with the dry air first. If the burner is old, out of warranty and it will not burn a DVD but may burn a CD, then the last resort is the disc cleaner.

 

Any you know you don't really hate to disagree ! :P

 

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The first pack I tried were Maxell DVD-R's and then I tried Memorex DVD-R's and neither pack worked. I also have a pack of Sony DVD-R's that I will try later today. Prior to the update, both of these brands worked fine in my burner. I purchased all these DVD packs when they were on sale at Office Depot or Best Buy; I now know that the brand of DVD actually IS important. In my less enlightened days, the price was more important to me. I just hate to think that I have all these DVD's that I can't even use. I guess I could dust off my old Dell Desktop and fire up the burner in that p.o.s. It didn't seem to have a brand preference.

 

The DVD burner I use with my MacBook Pro is a LaCie D2 DVD +/- RW capable of writing 20x DVD+/-R and 8x for DL DVD's. I purchased it about a month and a half ago.

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Trash the Toast .plist and prefs files in your User>Library>Preferences folder and relaunch Toast. Then give it a try. I don't think this is a media issue.

 

Since you are using an external drive I also suggest downloading and applying the 10.5.5 combined system update from Apple. There often are odd USB and/or Firewire issues following an incremental system update that are fixed by applying the combined updater. Toast is particularly vulnerable to those issues.

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New Member, looking for answers please.

 

I have the identical problem to the first post. Eight-core Mac Pro, 10.5.5 from combo updater, Toast 9.0.4, brand new Lacie D2 Blu-ray/DVD/CD burner, Verbatim media (also tried a cheaper DVD-R). Try to burn a simple data DVD and get stuck on "Writing lead-in". Toast will not abort (Just get stuck on "aborting"), will not quit, will not force quit, requires computer restart to shut.

 

If I use a Mac program (Wave Burner) I can directly burn an audio CD on the LaCie, no problem.

 

My supplier (Computer Warehouse) suggested installing Toast 8 which came with the LaCie. I trashed 9 and installed 8, but 8 won't start up, just quits immediately. What should I try now please?

 

Thanks

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New Member, looking for answers please.

 

I have the identical problem to the first post. Eight-core Mac Pro, 10.5.5 from combo updater, Toast 9.0.4, brand new Lacie D2 Blu-ray/DVD/CD burner, Verbatim media (also tried a cheaper DVD-R). Try to burn a simple data DVD and get stuck on "Writing lead-in". Toast will not abort (Just get stuck on "aborting"), will not quit, will not force quit, requires computer restart to shut.

 

If I use a Mac program (Wave Burner) I can directly burn an audio CD on the LaCie, no problem.

 

My supplier (Computer Warehouse) suggested installing Toast 8 which came with the LaCie. I trashed 9 and installed 8, but 8 won't start up, just quits immediately. What should I try now please?

 

Thanks

 

I have spent many hours on this today. I have the answer though, for me at least. Here goes:

 

I used the latest LaCie DVD Update Tool (from LaCie "Support")

This looked like it updated the firmware - but now nothing could not see the burner at all - disaster.

I tried connecting via FireWire rather than USB, (which is how I had been connected up to then)

I ran the LaCie tool again. It first found a device named "Blank FireWire - Oxford [some number]".

I confirmed this was something to do with the drive by removing an checking again - it did not see it this time.

I re-connected and proceeded with the firmware update. This took a minute or so and the device sprang to life, mounting the DVD that was in the drive.

I was prompted to disconnect then re-connect the drive so the Mac would recognise the update

Then LaCie DVD Update was able to find the drive by name and update it.

Then the disconnect / re-connect thing again.

Then I ran Toast and it 'burned' a DVD perfectly (in simulation mode)

I re-connected the drive to the USB and it failed again...

Back to FireWire, it has just burned a DVD perfectly.

 

Summary - The Firmware update may or may not have helped, but burning does not seem to work via USB on this drive.

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Summary - The Firmware update may or may not have helped, but burning does not seem to work via USB on this drive.

It's a relief that sometimes the problem isn't caused by Toast. Did you try my tip about downloading and applying Apple's combined system update? That may fix the USB problem.

Edited by tsantee

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It's a relief that sometimes the problem isn't caused by Toast. Did you try my tip about downloading and applying Apple's combined system update? That may fix the USB problem.

 

Thanks, I have recently updated to 10.5.5, but as a Digidesign ProTools user, I only ever use a combo update anyway so that wasn't an issue here. I got it to burn an audio CD direct from Apple's WaveBurner app while I was still on USB - maybe data rate is the issue? I assumed the ports on the front of my Mac Pro are USB 2 and plugged the new burner here just for convenience, but maybe they are only USB 1 - I plead ignorance in this case as I've never really needed USB 2. My LaCie 1TB backup drive works fine on those ports though...

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It's a relief that sometimes the problem isn't caused by Toast. Did you try my tip about downloading and applying Apple's combined system update? That may fix the USB problem.

 

I believe in all actuality that this is a toast issue. I have the same issues as islc52 has had with nearly the same set up. I'm running Mac OS 10.5.5 on an intel based iMac. I have toast 9.0.4. I'm using a Lacie D2 connected via USB 2. When I start to burn a DVD video project (from image as I always save to image first and test out the mounted disc to see if the conversion went smoothly.) the process starts and holds on on writing lead in. All other functions on my computer work fine. In order to finally abort the burning process of have to force quit toast and then restart my mac. I've tried to cancel the project but all it does is give me a warning that my disc may not be usable (which is untrue, as it works fine when I use it the next time.) and then stays on THAT screen indefinitely.

 

On the other hand, when I burn a music CD project, toast works perfectly with my USB connected Lacie D2. I refuse to believe that the only solution to this problem is to connect via firewire. My firewire port is connect to something more important than my external burner. And I'm not a big fan of swapping cables on a regular basis. I have burnt DVDs using Toast 8 with this exact burner connected via USB on my my iBook G4.

 

Is there no real solution to this problem?

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I believe in all actuality that this is a toast issue. I have the same issues as islc52 has had with nearly the same set up. I'm running Mac OS 10.5.5 on an intel based iMac. I have toast 9.0.4. I'm using a Lacie D2 connected via USB 2. When I start to burn a DVD video project (from image as I always save to image first and test out the mounted disc to see if the conversion went smoothly.) the process starts and holds on on writing lead in. All other functions on my computer work fine. In order to finally abort the burning process of have to force quit toast and then restart my mac. I've tried to cancel the project but all it does is give me a warning that my disc may not be usable (which is untrue, as it works fine when I use it the next time.) and then stays on THAT screen indefinitely.

 

On the other hand, when I burn a music CD project, toast works perfectly with my USB connected Lacie D2. I refuse to believe that the only solution to this problem is to connect via firewire. My firewire port is connect to something more important than my external burner. And I'm not a big fan of swapping cables on a regular basis. I have burnt DVDs using Toast 8 with this exact burner connected via USB on my my iBook G4.

 

Is there no real solution to this problem?

You already know what I'm going to ask: have you downloaded and applied the OS 10.5.5 combined system update? It does no harm and it checks off one necessary troubleshooting step.

Edited by tsantee

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You already know what I'm going to ask: have you downloaded and applied the OS 10.5.5 combined system update? It does no harm and it checks off one necessary troubleshooting step.

 

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I presume you've also checked for any firmware updates from LaCie. Does the LaCie drive or your other Firewire device have only one Firewire port? I have a series of Firewire devices connected including my LaCie drive, a couple hard drives and a scanner.

 

You may be correct that the problem is within Toast but, if so, there's nothing that can be done other than to send feedback using the link in the Toast Help menu. You can try saving as disc image and change the .toast extension to .dmg and burn with Disk Utility.

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