A few days ago I purchased a SOHW-1673S04C Liteon DVD burner.
I can burn CDs and DVDs with it fine, but it has a DVD movie playback problem.
What happens is when I play a DVD movie in the drive, the movie starts in the middle and plays (it does this straight away, playing the movie at a point halfway through the movie - doesn’t go to the title menu even though I have never played the movie before (i.e. so it doesn’t have a restore point).
I cannot even go to the beginning of the movie: even if I go to scene selection and choose the first scene, the movie just goes to the middle of the movie again - the same part of the movie it starts at every time.
I have used DVD movies from different DVD regions and used both PowerDVD 6 and WinDVD 6 as the software player, and both experienced this same problem.
I have a Intel 3gig chip, 1gig ram, running Windows XP and this is a freshly install HDD.
I have not flashed the DVD drive (it has the firmware installed that came with it when I purchased it ‘JS01’).
I have looked, but there doesn’t seem to be any new firmware released for this drive.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
PS If you think the drive may be a faulty unit and should be returned, please let me know.