I had the drive for about 2 months and burned about 20 dvds. The drive always worked perfectly both reading (with the great speepatch) and burning.
Last week I didn't used the burner since I went on vacation. My brother used the PC but he always uses the Nec 3500. Now the drive is blinking the green light always until the eject button is pressed. Then the green led disappears and I ear a really small noise like if it tried to open the tray but the tray just doesn't open.
I tried to open it with a clip and it opened without trouble so there is nothing stuck. After opened, if I press the eject button, the tray closes really fast (not normal). If I put a DVD it doesn't read it.
I tried changing the firmware but after trying 2 I gave up: it installs the firmware normally but the problem remains.
How does a flawless drive get this bad without even being used?
Is there something else I should try?