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EXTERNAL SLIM DVD DRIVE
USER MANUAL
Rev 2.0
Aug 2009
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SAFETY NOTICES
Please read carefully and keep this User’s Manual for future reference.
Please carefully note the Cautions and Warnings.
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Always install electrical equipment close to an electrical outlet and ensure that the
outlet is easily accessible.
Place power cords where people will not step on or trip over them. Do not place
any objects over the power cords.
Always install equipment on a stable surface to avoid damages and/or injuries.
Do not place computer equipment in direct sunlight, on top of any heating units,
or near any electrical appliances that draw large amounts of current.
Computer equipment enclosures often have openings for air convection. To
protect equipment from overheating, do not cover or block air convection
openings.
Ensure that the equipment is connected to a power outlet with proper voltage.
If computer equipment is not is use for long period of time, it is recommended to
disconnect it from the power outlet to avoid damage by transient power surges.
Protect electrical equipment from humidity.
Always disconnect computer equipment from the electrical outlet before cleaning.
Do not use liquid or sprayed detergent for cleaning – use a moist cloth.
Never pour any liquid into computer equipment openings; internal contact with
liquid could cause fire or electrical shock.
Keep the area around your computer equipment clear of dust, smoke, and other
contaminants.
Never open this drive’s enclosure. For safety reasons, the drive should be opened
only by qualified service personnel.
Do not drop or jolt the drive.
If you see any of the following condition, contact a qualified service personnel:
(a) The power cord or plug is damaged.
(b) Liquid has penetrated into the equipment.
(c) The equipment has been exposed to moisture.
(d) The equipment has not worked well or you can not get it to work according to
the user’s manual.
(e) The equipment was dropped and damaged.
(f) The equipment has obvious signs of damage.
DANGER: Invisible laser radiation when opened. Avoid direct exposure to beam.
Complies with FDA radiation performance standards, 21 CFR, subchapter J. Laser
power: Wave Length: 783±3nm (CD); 658±3nm (DVD). Emission power: 0.7 mW.
Laser diode: class 3b.
DO NOT STORE THIS EQUIPMENT IN AN ENVIRONMENT WITH
TEMPERATURE ABOVE 60℃ (140℉). Excessive heat may damage the
equipment.
The sound pressure level at the operator’s position according to IEC704-1:1982 is
equal to or less than 70 dB (A).
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CAUTIONS
CAUTION: Do not attempt to open
the drive for service. Removing the
cover may cause exposure to harmful
laser radiation and electrical shock. To
obtain service, return the defective
drive to the vendor where the drive
was purchased.
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Always use the original package for transporting the drive. The original packaging
was designed and tested to protect your drive under rough conditions.
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Keep your CDs and DVDs surfaces clean. Use a soft, dust-free cloth to clean the
disc surface before use in the drive can help protect the drive.
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The copyright laws of each country govern the reproduction of copyrighted
materials. The person using this drive may be liable making unauthorized copies of
copyrighted works.
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It is recommended to create an image on HDD during copying process, instead of
"copy on the fly” mode. Therefore we recommend the user reserving sufficient
buffer space for creating a image file (at least 650MB for CD; 5GB for DVD; and if
your drive support Double Layer DVD+R or Dual Layer DVD-R writing, then at
least 9GB space is needed).
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Do NOT use a damaged, cracked or low-quality disc as it may shatter during
read or write operation when disc is spinning at high speed.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
What You Can Do with the DVD Writer ………………………………4
Format Compatibility………………………..……………………………5
Recording Modes Supported ……………….…………………………5
System Requirement ………………...….………………………………6
Features and Controls
Front View…………………………………………….……………………7
Rear View…………………………………….……………………………8
INSTALLATION
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OPERATION
Install Device Driver and Software………………………………10
Using the drive ………..………………………………………...…………10
Software installation……………………………………………..…………10
Insert and Remove Disc …..……………………………….…………11
Recording & Playing
Recording CDs & DVDs……………………………………….……..…12
Playing DVDs………………………………………………………………12
Playing DVD Movies with Region Code ……………………………….12
About Software & Manuals………………….……………………………12
LightScribe Guide
LightScribe Requirement …………………………………………………13
Creating and Burning LightScribe Labels ……..………………………14
Frequently Asked Questions about LightScribe………………….……15
TROUBLESHOOTING
Read Problems……………………...……………………………………16
Write Problems……………………………….…………..………………17
Declarations and Acknowledgement
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INTRODUCTION
This external USB2.0 external DVD/CD writer provides professional quality and
performance for writing, rewriting and reading DVD and CD media. It supports Running
OPC (ROPC) technology and is compatible with Windows Plug & Play function. In
addition, the drive is equipped with innovate technologies to eliminate buffer-underrun
errors, so you are free to use your computer for other tasks while the drive is writing to
DVD or CD. With an internet connection, you can download the latest firmware, then
update this drive so it will support latest technologies.
NOTE: The drive’s maximum write, rewrite and read speeds are noted on the original
package.
What You Can Do with the DVD Writer
Archive data files onto recordable or rewritable DVDs or CDs
Archive images and videos onto recordable or rewritable DVDs or CDs
Record digital video or slide shows onto DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, and DVDRW discs
Read DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW discs
Play music CDs
Play VCD & DVD movies
Access interactive reference materials stored on DVDs
Master new software programs on DVDs or CDs
Create and burn LightScribe labels*
DVD functions:
Write to DVD+R and DVD-R (recordable DVD) media
Write to double-layer DVD+R (recordable DVD+R9) and dual-layer DVD-R
(recordable DVD-R9) media*
Write to DVD+RW and DVD-RW (re-writable DVD) media
Read DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R9 and
DVD-R9 discs.
Read or write to DVD-RAM media*
CD functions:
Write to CD-R (recordable CD) media
Write to ultra-speed CD-RW (rewritable CD) media
Read CD-ROM and CD-R data media, and CD-RW and CD-DA (audio) media
* indicates functions only supported by certain models. To check if your drive supports
these functions, check the original packaging for feature listed, or visit us online for
detailed specifications
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Format Compatibility
DVD write: DVD+R Version 1.3, DVD-R writing), DVD+RW Version 1.3, DVD-R
Version 2.1, and DVD-RW Version 1.2,
DVD+R9 Version 1.0, DVD-R9 Version 3.0 (for drives that support DVD double/duallayer)
DVD-RAM Version 2.2 (for drives that support DVD-RAM rewriting)
DVD read: DVD-ROM single/dual layer (PTP, OPT), DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+R9,
DVD-R9, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM (only for drives that support DVD-RAM
reading), DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, DVD-CPRM.
CD write: Orange Book Part 2 CD-R Volume 1, Part 2 CD-R Volume 2 Multi Speed,
Part 3 CD-RW Volume 1 Low Speed, Part 3 CD-RW Volume 2 High Speed, Part 3 CDRW Volume 3 Ultra Speed
CD read: CD-DA, CD-TEXT, CD ROM Mode-1, CD-ROM/XA Mode-2 Form-1 and
Form-2, CD-I Ready, Video-CD, Karaoke-CD, Photo-CD, Enhance CD, CD extra,
UDF(fixed/variable Packet mode), Multi-session, CD Plus, CD-R, and CD-RW.
Recording Modes Supported
Track at Once
Data can be recorded to disc one track at a time. New tracks can be added later. This
mode requires the disc to be “closed” (through the software application) before music
CDs can be played back in a CD player or CD-ROM drive.
Disc at Once
Data can be recorded to an entire disc in one pass. In this mode, new data can not be
added later.
Session at Once
Data can be recorded to a disc one session at a time. In this mode, new sessions can be
written later. This mode allows more disc space to be used than multi-session mode
allows, because no gap is created between sessions.
Multi Session
Data can be recorded to a disc in one session. In this mode, new sessions can be written
later. This mode allows less disc space to be used than session-at-once mode allows,
because a gap is created between sessions.
Packet Writing
Data can be added directly to or deleted from rewritable media. (Useful for data backup.)
This mode requires software that supports packet writing.
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SYSTEM REQUIREMENT
System Requirements
To ensure read/write/rewrite performance, a Windows-based PC system with the
following specification is recommended:
CPU
Operating System
Memory
Hard Drive
Interface
Pentium 4 1.3GHz or higher
Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Windows-7
128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended for video editing)
Minimum 800 MB free spaces for creating a CD image file;
Minimum 10 GB free spaces for creating a DVD video image file
USB2.0 (A second USB2.0 port maybe needed for additional power!
See Installation Section for detail)
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FEATURES AND CONTROLS
Front View
Tray-Load Type Drive
Figure: Front view of tray-load type drive
A Eject Button
Push button to eject the tray.
B
Indicator of drive's status. A blinking LED means the drive is in
writing or reading mode.
Status LED
Used when tray can not be ejected by pressing “Eject Button” or
when the drive has no power.
CAUTION: Always ensure the power to the drive is OFF when
performing manual eject.
C Emergency Eject
Hole
Slot-Load Type Drive
Figure: Front view of slot-load type drive
A Status LED
Indicator of drive’s status. A blinking LED means the drive is in
writing or reading mode.
B Eject Button
Push button to eject the disc.
C Loading Slot
The slot where a disc is loaded in.
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Top-load Type Drive
Figure: Front view of top-load type drive
A Stop Button
Press the STOP button to stop the disc from spinning.
(Note: Always stop the disc before open top cover)
B Open Latch
Slide the OPEN latch to the right to release the top cover.
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Rear View
Tray-Load Type / Slot-Load Type Drive
Figure: Rear view of external slim DVD Writer
A USB Connector
Standard USB Mini-B Type jack
B Power Indicator LED LED indictor: “Blue” color means sufficient power, and “Red”
indicates insufficient power
Top-load Type Drive
Figure: Rear view of external top-load DVD Writer
A USB Connector
Standard USB Mini-B Type jack.
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INSTALLATION
Installing Tray-Load / Slot-Load Type Drives:
1. Power on the computer.
2. Plug the mini-B type connector on the USB data cable to the back of
the drive
3. Connect the Type-A connector to an available USB port on the
computer.
4. Check the LED power indicator, “Blue” LED indicate sufficient power
for the drive, or “Red” indicate insufficient power
5. If LED is “Red”,
a) If your drive comes with a Y-type cable, simply plug the
secondary connector into another USB port on the computer
for additional power
b) If your drive has an Auxiliary Power Cable, simply remove the
cap on end of main DATA cable connector, insert the mini-B
plug, then connect the other end (Type A) to another USB port.
Note: If two ports are required, please DO NOT unplug either of the two connectors.
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Installing Top-Load Type Drives:
1. Power on the computer.
2. Plug the mini-B type connector on the USB Cable to the back of the
drive
3. Connect the Type-A connector to an available USB port on the
computer.
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OPERATION
Using the Drive and Installing Software
USB Device:
When the drive is plugged into the computer for the first time, Windows Operating
Systems will show a message about new device detected, and will install drivers
automatically. Once drivers are installed, there will be a message shown: “Your
device is ready to use”, and you can start using the drive.
To use the drive:
As a CD-ROM drive: Most Windows Operating Systems (Windows 2000,
Windows XP, Windows Vista and Window 7) supply a generic CD-ROM device
driver that lets the DVD writer function as a standard CD-ROM drive as soon as
it’s installed. If you’re using one of these operating systems, you do not need to
install additional software to read or play CDs.
As a DVD-ROM drive: The same operating systems also let the DVD writer
function as a DVD-ROM drive as soon as it’s installed. If you’re using one of
these operating systems, you do not need to install additional software to read
DVDs, however you will need special software to playback DVD video titles.
Please install the bundle software application.
As a CD or DVD writer: To write to CD or DVD media (recordable or
rewritable), you need to install additional utility software such as program
included on the software disc bundled with the drive. Please install these
application software for mastering disc, backing up files, capturing audio, and
more.
To Install Software:
Insert bundled utility software disc into the drive, the follow the on screen graphic
user interface (GUI) screen to install required programs. If the installation
program doesn’t start by itself, open “My Computer” screen, double-click to enter
the location where software CD is loaded, and manually start installation process
by double-click on “setup” icon.
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Insert and remove a disc
To insert a disc (Tray-Load type drive):
(1)
While the DVD writer is powered up, push the Eject button on the front
panel to eject the tray. Then pull the tray out all the way.
(2)
Place the disc, label side up, onto the tray and make sure the center of the
disc is aligned with the spindle as shown. Press down at the center of the
disc until it is clicked onto the spindle platform.
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Push the tray back until it is locked firmly.
Note:
Use caution when pressing disc down or pulling/pushing tray, as excessive
force may cause damage.
Never touch the lens of the laser assembly.
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To remove a disc (Tray-Load type drive):
(1)
While the DVD writer is powered up, push the Eject button on the
front panel to eject the tray. Then pull the tray out all the way
(2)
Carefully, by holding the disc edge, lift the disc off the spindle
platform.
(3)
Push the tray back until it is locked firmly
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To insert a disc (Top-Load type drive):
(1)
While the DVD writer is powered up, first press the STOP button
on top cover to stop disc from spinning.
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Slide OPEN latch to the right to release the top cover.
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Place the disc, label side up, into the drive and make sure the center
of the disc is aligned with the spindle. Press down at the center of
the disc until it is clicked onto the spindle platform.
Press top cover down till it is securely locked into place
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Use caution when pressing disc down, as excessive force may cause damage.
Never touch the lens of the laser assembly.
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To remove a disc (Top-Load type drive):
(1)
While the DVD writer is powered up, first press the STOP button
on top cover to stop disc from spinning.
(2)
Slide OPEN latch to the right to release the top cover.
(3)
Carefully, by holding the disc edge, lift the disc off the spindle
platform.
Press top cover down till it is securely locked into place
(4)
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RECORDING & PLAYING CDS AND DVDS
Recording CDs & DVDs
To record CDs and DVDs, please make sure that you have installed the bundled utility
software or other utilities.
Once software is installed, launch the utility, and follow the software instruction on
procedures to record CDs and DVDs
Playing DVDs
To play DVD Video contents from this drive, you must have DVD playback software
installed on your PC such as the one included in the bundled software.
Once software is installed, launch the utility, and follow the software instructions to
enjoy DVD Video contents
Playing DVD Movie with Region Code:
Commercial Movie DVDs are encoded with Region Code, so it can only be distributed
and played in a certain regions. The drive must be set to the same region code to play
these discs.
The DVD write is shipped without a preset region code. Instead, the first time a Movie
disc with region setting is inserted into the drive; there will be a pop-up window prompt
user to set the proper region code. This action will only happen once, unless movie disc
with different region code is detected.
If you insert a movie disc with a different region code, a pop-up window will prompt
user to confirm the region code change. If you do not accept the code change, the new
title will not play on this drive. If you do accept the change, the drive’s region code will
be set to the new code, and you will need to switch back to old code if you want to play
those titles.
NOTE: You may change the drive’s region code up to 5 times only. After that, you will not be
able to change your drive’s code setting. (Your DVD playback software will warn you if you
approach the 5-change limit.)
About Software & Manuals
The detailed user’s manual for the recording and playback software is automatically
installed on your computer when you install the software.
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LIGHTSCRIBE GUIDE
LightScribe is a direct disc label technology that allows user to create silk screen like
graphic labels on the disc. It is as simple as flip and burn.
Check your drive’s specifications to ensure it support LightScribe!
Figure: LightScribe Logos
LightScribe Requirement:
To label your CDs and DVDs with LightScribe labeling, you need three components:
A LightScribe-enabled drive
LightScribe labeling software (included with the bundled utility software)
LightScribe media (available where computers are sold)
You can label your LightScribe disc before or after you burn the data side, and you can
even label a number of discs in succession, whether or not they have data on them.
The important thing to remember is to always insert your LightScribe disc label
side down when burning your LightScribe.
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CREATING AND BURNING LIGHTSCRIBE LABELS
1.
Launch the LightScribe labeling software, select Lightscribe as labeling option.
2.
Create your label design.
You can choose to create a label with text and/or graphics, and you can
choose the area of the disc in which your label will be inscribed — from a
simple band of text (“title only”) to a complete design that covers the
entire disc (“full label”).
Experiment with text, fonts, ready-made backgrounds, your own photos
and other graphics to design the label that best suits your style. (For ideas
and advice, visit www.lightscribe.com/labeltips)
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When your design is ready, insert a blank LightScribe disc into the drive label
side down.
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Select the Preview option to see how your design will look as a LightScribe label.
Previewing your design lets you determine whether the design elements are
placed where you want them, and it shows you what the grayscale design will
look like on disc.
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Select the Print option to send the label design to disc.
When you print your design to disc, you can choose from three quality modes:
draft, normal, or best. “Draft” is the fastest printing mode, and the resulting
design provides a lower level of contrast; “best” provides the highest contrast and
darkest design areas, and the burning process takes longer. The following table
shows a rough estimation of the expected print times.
Setting
Best
Normal
Draft
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Title only
<4 min.
<3 min.
<2 min.
Title & content listing
<9 min.
<7 min.
<4 min.
Full label (with graphics)
<36 min.
<28 min.
<20 min.
When your label is finished, the drive will automatically eject your disc.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR LIGHTSCRIBE:
Q: How does LightScribe work?
A: The coating on a LightScribe disc changes color when it’s exposed to the CD/DVD
drive’s laser. The process is similar to film exposure, except that the LightScribe
surface reacts specifically to the intense light of the laser.
Q: What happens if I try to use LightScribe to label a non-LightScribe disc?
A: The software prevents you from sending a label image to a non-LightScribe disc.
LightScribe-enabled software is designed to recognize a LightScribe disc from the
identification features embossed on it, and the system creates an image and sends it
to the drive only if the appropriate media is inserted.
Q: Can I use my computer for other things while the LightScribe label is burning?
A: Yes. The labeling process runs in the background, so the PC can be used for other
tasks while the labeling process is underway.
Q: Can I leave my computer unattended while the LightScribe label is burning?
A: Yes. LightScribe presents no tasks that require the user’s attendance during the
burning process. In addition, a LightScribe system will not go into “sleep” or
power-save mode while it is burning a label.
Q: Can I rewrite a LightScribe label, the way I can rewrite a CD-RW or
DVD±RW disc?
A: No. The current LightScribe technology is not erasable. Once the image is burned,
it’s permanent.
Q: Will the LightScribe image cause imbalance when the CD or DVD is spinning
in the drive, the way a paper label can?
A: No. A LightScribe disc is as evenly balanced as any high-quality CD or DVD, and
it spins evenly within the drive. Burning an image onto the disc does not change its
balance and does not endanger the disc’s ability to spin properly.
Q: Does the LightScribe imaging process emit any hazardous chemicals?
A: No. The laser imaging process initiates a chemical change in the colorant material
embedded in the disc coating, but no hazardous chemicals are created or emitted
during the process.
Q: Is the LightScribe disc hot or dangerous to handle immediately after the label
is burned?
A: No. Although the terms “burning data” and now “burning an image” are standard in
the industry, there is no appreciable temperature change involved in either process.
A CD or DVD is safe to touch immediately upon ejection from the drive.
Q: Can LightScribe create a label in color?
A: Currently LightScribe technology is available only in grayscale, creating an image
that resembles a black-and-white photograph. LightScribe’s development strategy
does include future announcements about additional capabilities; however, business
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and legal requirements prevent publication of more specific information at this time.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
If you have trouble during installation or use of your DVD writer, please refer to the
following information.
Read Problems
Symptom
Possible Cause
Solution
No Action
No power
Check all USB ports on the computer
Connect auxiliary power cord
Ensure USB port on the computer is
working properly
Ensure USB cord is plugged in securely.
Check the computer to see if USB port is
enabled.
Try a different USB port
DVD writer can not be
recognized
USB cable not properly
connected
Excessive noise when
reading a disc
Unbalanced disc loaded
Replace the disc with another.
Sticker or label attached to
the surface
Detach the sticker/label carefully,
ensuring that you don’t scratch the disc.
Cannot open the tray
(Eject)
Drive locked by software
Wait until the software activity is
finished; or
Stop the software activity and then press
eject.
Disc set incorrectly in tray
Turn off power to the drive, then use the
emergency eject feature to open the tray.
"Load Contents" or "Import
Session" was not selected
during write process
Make sure you select “import previous
sessions” when adding new data to the
disc.
Defective or damaged disc
Always use high-quality media.
Always handle discs with care and keep
them clean. Deep scratches, fingerprints,
or other contaminants on a disc’s surface
can cause read errors.
Remove the disc from the tray and
reinsert it label side up.
Cannot read a previous
session of a CD-RW
disc that has been
written to at least twice
Disc inserted upside down
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Write Problems
Symptom
Possible Cause
Solution
Cannot write to disc
Authoring software used
does not support your DVD
writer
Disc inserted upside down
Insufficient hard disk
capacity
No power
IDE cable not properly
connected
Defective or damaged disc
Insufficient hard disk
capacity
DVD/CD media not
compatible with high speed
Defective or damaged disc
Writing errors occur
Cannot write at highest
speed
Use the bundled software provided with
the DVD writer.
When other software is used, contact the
software supplier (or check the
appropriate website) to ensure that it
supports this DVD writer.
Reinsert the disc label side up.
Ensure that 1.2 to 2 times the capacity of
the write data is available on hard disk.
(Required capacity may vary according to
write method.)
Ensure that the power cord is connected
securely (at all connections).
Ensure that the IDE cable and connectors
are not damaged (check the pins
carefully), and both sides are connected.
Always use high-quality media.
Always handle discs with care and keep
them clean. Deep scratches, fingerprints,
or other contaminants on a disc’s surface
can cause errors.
Ensure that 1.2 to 2 times the capacity of
the write data is available on hard disk.
(Required capacity may vary according to
write method.)
Use media rated for the highest speed
your drive can write.
Always use high-quality media.
Always handle discs with care and keep
them clean. Deep scratches, fingerprints,
or other contaminants on a disc’s surface
can slow down write speed.
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FCC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one of the following
measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
FCC Caution: To assure continued compliance, (example – use only shielded interface
cables when connecting to computer or peripheral devices). Any changes or
modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
Acknowledgment & Trademark
All contents are subject to change at any time without notice. No responsibility is
assumed for its use; nor for infringements of patents or other rights of third parties and no
patent or license is implied hereby.
All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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