Help. (about sums it up… read on…)
Built a new bleeding-edge system 3 weeks ago or so. Core 2 Duo, 2Gb system - my first decent upgrade comp in years. Decided to go with a LightScribe capable DVD burner this time around.
Everything was going along just fine until <insert diabolical music> I went to format a new +R/W for file backups (InCD Format).
My LG GSA-H22L (yes, an LG starts off this tale) refused to format the disc claiming “error, write failure, check if disc is scratched” or somesuch report.
No amount of cajoling would tease it into working. Tried burning a TDK +R disc and it worked A.O.K.
So, I spoke to the store and they said bring it back, which I did, and instead of simply swapping for another I went with a replacement “name-I-knew” a HP 940i (in actuallity a cleverly disguised LITEON LH-18A1H).
Popped this puppy into my system and … crap … same results. What the heck was going on?
Began to think about other installed software, running services, etc. Uninstalled a few things like Alcohol 120% … used Task Manager to remove practically everything from it’s list down to the bare bones. Still - no joy.
A brilliant idea !! (that’s what I needed, a brilliant idea, but instead I went with a mediocre one). I popped a blank +R/W into my son’s system’s drive (my old comp and drive) a Pioneer 111D and formatted it. Then I took it down to the 18A1H … (I can see you all drooling with anticipation) and it could write to it just fine. YES ! it could now XFER files with no issues. So I tried (for the hell of it) to format the disc - NO GO.
I checked endless pages of forum info via Google searches and could not come up with much directly related to this issue except for a general feel that some drives have problems with certain media types and that LITEON drives had certain recommended media which included RiTek (the +R/W’s I’m using are RiData (RICOHJPNW11). Now of course I already had a LITEON drive in hand (well, a mock-LITEON in HP clothing), but I saw that there was a newer LITEON called the LH-20A1H with something called SMART-WRITE that might be my solution.
So the following day I called up the tech at the store who shall remain nameless (Matt at Canada Computers, Mississauga Ontario) and gave him the sad news. Between the tears and stutterring he said I could come in and exchange the drive once more for a LH-20A1H.
I popped in and did the exchange. Returned home - and that evening (last night) installed the new drive. Upon powerup I saw that my new SHM-165H6S was detected fine. … … … … … WAIT JUST ONE GOD****** MINUTE! My WHAT DRIVE was detected !?!? Yes, sadly I had made the cardinal sin of not actully looking at the OEM drive that I had taken from the case at the store. They had had 4 stacks of bubble-wrapped, black-fronted, Lightscribe-logo’d LITEONs racked side-by-side (2 stacks of H6Ss and 2 stacks of 20A1Hs) and I had not noticed the diff.
OK, moving on…
I went through the same testing - same results. Tried D/L’ing newer firmware (the 16x OVERSPEED HV9N for example) with no improvement. Tried bitsetting - nope. Placed Hawaiian Tiki dolls strategically to the N, S, E & W of the drive - and for a moment there it looked like I might be losing my mind, but no I’m still PrEFcTLy sane - the dolls didn’t help.
Put the drive into my son’s system (drop-in replaced the Pioneer) and got the same results.
What’s interesting is that all the Speed / Quality tests done on the discs after they have been prepped by the Pioneer drive show great. The fact that the drive has no issues writing to the pre-formatted discs baffles me. I have stacks of these discs that I’ve used for a few years including some older 2.4x versions (RICOHJPN W01 type) that have been fine and trustworthy through 3 different writers I’ve owned - now 3 NEW writers refuse to format them.
At any rate I called up the nameless tech at the store (remember Matt?) and through cursing :a and bitter name calling he grudginly agreed to allow me to come in and get the 20A1H (muttered something about “being worth my life” or somesuch, it wasn’t clear). So I’m preparing to venture out once again to obtain yet another drive… wish me luck.
Of course you could also send replies with any / all comments, suggestions, get well notes for Matt, etc.