My 5006 (US/Canada, purchased from Radio Shack) has been a real pleasure.
But now, just a few months after my 1-yr warranty expired, I have this.
1) dvd-r (taiyo) records fine SOMETIMES. But half the time or more, it "write fails" along the way. Can't trust the machine to complete a timed recording without failing.
2) dvd+rw (ritek) will read and record if brand new disc. After first recording, I can remove it and copy it to my computer hard drive. But my lite-on will not erase it. It shows that erase is working up to 84% or sometimes 87%. Then it fails and spits out the disc, which it then reads as "invalid disc."
+RW is also subject to "write failure" during a recording.
I have tried erasing a +RW on my computer with Roxio. It indicates success and then reads +RW disc as a blank, but Lite-On still won't read or erase that disc and reads it as "invalid disc." So after one recording, dvd+rw becomes unusable in Lite-On.
My firmware is up-to-date (0101). I tried going back to 098 F/W, but no improvement. No hacks - factory f/w only.
Original serial # was:
*not completely certain of 8, may have misread a G. But I recorded an 8.
Current serial # is:
I have used these same +RW discs all along, and never had problems erasing and re-using.
The taiyo dvd-r are the value line, so I thought about buying premium discs instead, but have not tried them yet. But I have not had problems with the value line discs before, so why now?
My 5006 still records and plays beautifully when it works - no problem with picture or sound. But it is totally undependable, and that is not acceptable.
I have tried re-setting, with no change.
From searching posts here, I'm thinking I may be another of the many victims of a faulty (dirty?) lens or just a bad drive. But after only about 1 year of normal use?
Or could it be the discs I am using, even though they have performed well for me prior to now?
Here are my main questions.
Can someone recommend the very best DVD+RW and DVD-R discs for this recorder?
And, if this reading problem is so common, will Lite-on repair free of charge, even though warranty has expired?
And last, what is the most dependable machine for the money today, if I just ditch this thing and invest in a new recorder? I am not very interested in having to fight inherent problems on an annual basis, if that can be avoided with another machine.
Thanks for any help you folks can provide.