The old blu-ray combo drive in my HTPC died on me the other day (well, the blu-ray laser component of it did) so I decided to replace it with a blu-ray burner since the prices had come down nicely.
After much research, I settled on the BDR-206, as it was rated extremely well in terms of read speeds and reliability. Everything looked solid on all the reviews of it (including this site) and it's not riplocked (or isn't supposed to be).
I began having problems as soon as I installed the drive. While it ripped blurays without issue (and much faster than my old drive, I was pleased to see), it would rip DVDs with horrible inconsistency, notably DL discs. It refused to fully spin up when reading the discs, even during the initialization scan give by windows when it was first inserted, giving transfer rates of 2.5-2.7mbps throughout the whole rip. Yet if I took the disc out and replaced it, there was a fair chance it would spin back up and rip normally, though it may take several times to get it to do that. And it has started doing that with bluray also, though not nearly as badly.
The firmware I was running was 1.04. I flashed it to 1.05 today, no difference. MOBO BIOS is the latest.
The discs are all pressed disc, and it happens on discs with pristine surfaces, or those with minor scuffs or scratches. None of the discs exhibiting this behavior during the testing had any issues being ripped at full speed on my old drive.
It's not an issue with the specific drive itself; I exchanged it for a new one of the same model this morning and the new one is doing the same thing.
Behavior is seen in both AnyDVD and DVD Fab (both latest versions).
Does anyone have any advice on what I could do (short of changing to another brand drive, which I'm considering) to resolve this issue?