DVD Burning Errors on MacBook Pro Since Upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

by Michael on April 12, 2012 · 1 comment

Over the past few days, I’ve been unable to burn DVDs with my MacBook Pro. Every time I try, I get an error and it spits the disc out of the so-called SuperDrive. Frustrating. And I’m not alone. Lots of Mac users are reporting similar problems.


When I try to burn with DVD2OneX, Disk Utility, or Burn, I get the following error:

This disc can’t be burned; it might be incompatible with this disc drive. Please try a different brand of disc, or try burning at a slower speed.

And when I try to burn from the Finder, I get this error:

The disc can’t be burned, because the device failed to calibrate the laser power level for this media.

I’ve tried multiple brands, including both Sony and Memorex, but everything fails. And yes, I’ve tested multiple pieces of media from each brand. I’ve tried slowing down the burn to no avail. And, as noted above, I’ve tried multiple pieces of software. Still no success.

I’m starting to think that my SuperDrive has gone bad, though it struck me that this is also the first time I’ve tried to burn a DVD since upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion). I never had problems before the upgrade, so perhaps this issue is related to that? I’m still not sure.

Regardless of the cause, no amount of Googling has helped. I’ve read about issuing terminal commands to delete lock files, blasting it with compressed air, etc. and nothing works.

As I said at the outset: frustrating.

For the record, my SuperDrive is a MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-868 and I’m currently running OS X 10.7.3. This drive is supposed to be able to handle just about everything, including CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, and DVD+RW.


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Jason May 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Exactly the same issue!!!

Its also the first time since I’ve tried to burn a disc since doing a clean install of Lion 10.7.3 on my MPB 15″ (late 2008) 2,4Ghz.

As you mentioned – no amount of useful information has surfaced on Google (I mean if google can’t answer it, then who can???) – any solution would be helpful as I have never had any issues before.

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