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growisofs problems -- write fails frequently

I'm using growisofs from dvd+rw-tools from Debian Sarge on
an IBM Thinkpad X40 with a DVD writer that reports itself as:

Sometimes I will try 10 or 15 times in a row to burn a DVD and it fails
each time with something like:

:-[ WRITE@LBA=1c970h failed with SK=4h/ASC=03h/ACQ=00h]: Input/output error
builtin_dd: 117104*2KB out @ average 1.0x1385KBps
:-( write failed: Input/output error
/dev/dvd: flushing cache
/dev/dvd: updating RMA
/dev/dvd: closing disc
:-[ CLOSE DISC failed with SK=5h/ASC=72h/ACQ=04h]: Input/output error
/dev/dvd: reloading tray

In this example, I had forced the write speed to 1 (it defaults to 2) to
see if it makes any difference--it didn't.

I would suspect bad media, except that it seems to consistently fail in
exactly the same place for a given DVD image to burn. For example, this
one keeps failing at 6.13% done.  Another failed repeatedly at 47.47%.

Any ideas what's going on? Troubleshooting tips? I hate to throw away so
many DVDs.
Adam Rosi-Kessel

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