I bought Pioneer 106D in late November of 2003. Since then I burned maybe 50 disks, most of them being DVDs. And I was pleased with device until tonight.
Problem is that couple hours ago my pioneer stopped reading most of those dvds. It doesnâ€™t register inserted dvd. This behavior embraced most of my dvds leaving only few readable. Most of them seems like low quality disks but they work perfectly well on other dvd drives and they worked flawlessly with 106 until tonight. Few days back I even run couple quality checks on them using Pioneer and all was well at that point. Most of those nonreadables are DVD+R.
What is more intriguing it reads couple really low quality disks which I was unfortunate enough to buy (incident in which dvd label changed its manufacture but kept same box and name for product of much lower quality) and which nothing else doesnâ€™t want to read.
Tonight I upgraded firmware from 1.07 to 1.08 but it didnâ€™t help. This behavior is consistent through XP and Win98.
If it is relevant none of the disks is movie backup; all are data disks (UDF and ISO) containing my private and work data. I even tried some of them on my standalone LG dvd player, which has support for jpgs and I was able to browse through folders on discs. And if that crap can read them pioneer SOULD read them â€˜cause discs are fine. I take good care of my disks. They are always in a box, I rarely use them as biggest part of them has only backup purpose. Visually, they are in perfect shape without dust, scratches or anything like that.
Besides this problem drive seems ok. It behaves normally with all cds and printed dvds. It burns disks without problem; however I donâ€™t have any blank disk of those types which it doesnâ€™t want to read anymore so I am not 100% sure. I am worried for my drive (actually for my investment) as this is a problem which sounds a lot like something which service will consider as â€œnormally workingâ€ drive. I am really disappointed with this pioneer as it is only seven months old and it hasnâ€™t been used to much. Since I bought it it burned only few dozens of disks and I rarely used it as reading device as my cdrom drive is faster (and more quite).
Does anybody have similar problem? Any advice?