109 troubles

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#1

Before going the Pioneer warranty route, I thought I’d ask here if these symptoms sound familar.

I’m using a OEM 109 that has been crossflashed to an A09 (Firmnware 1.57). The drive has worked flawlessly since March, but now it can no longer mount a DVD (neither commercial or DVD-R, nor my Tiger Systerm DVD). Audio disks mount and play (via Mac iTunes) and data disks also mount properly. But I cannot write a data disk—Toast reports either hardware errors or media errors. Using the Finder’s burner also fails. I haven’t tried burning an audio disk, since I assume I won’t be able to.

I was very hot here yesterday (close to 99°F), and the drive may have overheated. I burned two data disks successfully before getting errors. I’m not sure if excess hedat could kill the drive, only only the drives DVD capabilities…

Any advice?


#2

RMA the drive with that firmware and you’ll get into trouble.


#3

Right. I was planning to install the OEM 1.57 firmware before sending the unit in. I’m not sure if the QuietDrive feature would still be detectable. I suspect they won’t try to repair this particular unit to send back to me, simply send me another one—refurbished already. So I guess I won’t get the QuietDrive Performance feature if I cross flash to the A09 again. Have to use a PC for that.


#4

In Scandinavia the drive goes back to pioneer, and they do repair it, tried it with my old 105 drive.


#5

Overheating can be really a big problem for such a burner.
Just try again in an “normal” temperature environment and let us know the result. :wink:


#6

Today the air temp is a cool 69°F, and I shut off one of my processors and inserted a DVD. The disk did not mount. I tried another DVD and it did mount, but DVDPlayer couldn’t see it. Normal internal temps in my Dual G4 are around 139°F. But for the sake of this test I got it down to 104°F. So while excess heat may have been the cause of the problem, cooling hasn’t proved to be a solution.

I will now call Pioneer and see how long I’m kept on hold before talking to a human being.


#7

The wait wasn’t long and the whole process took only 14 minutes. They say a two-three week turn around.