This is a follow-up to my previous post.
I was successful (according to Roxio) in erasing (using my PC) a +RW dvd recorded with my lite-on (3 hr mode). I used the "thorough erase" function, which took about 30-40 minutes. Disc read as a blank +RW afterward by Roxio.
But when I inserted that disc back in Lite-on recorder, it did not read it right away. Instead it "prepared" the disc for at least 20 seconds.
Then it showed "fail" and read it as an "invalid disc."
Went back to my PC, and cannot get either Roxio or Plextools to even read the disc now. It seems intuitively obvious to me that the "preparation" by my Lite-on recorder rendered the blank +RW unreadable by the lite-on and my PC.
1) Am I wrong in thinking that blank +RW's should not be "prepared" when inserted into the 5006?
I thought they are immediately read and ready for a recording. I know a blank dvd-r is "prepared" when inserted, before it can be recorded to.
2) Is this "preparation" most likely due to a faulty disc reading by the drive when the erased +RW is inserted? And if so, why will it read a brand new +RW, but not the same disc after it has been used for one recording and erased?
3) And last, do you think is this further confirmation of a dirty lens or bad drive, or does this possibly indicate a different problem that a new drive will not correct?
If this suggests a problem other than with the drive, I 'd like to avoid the trouble of opening, cleaning or replacing the drive, only to then discover the machine still does not perform properly due to some non-drive problem.
Thanks for any further analyses and/or advice you can provide.