Hello. I don’t think that this problem needs laser lens cleaning. The recorder writes DVD+R/RWs and CD-R/RW’s as mentioned before. If the laser lens were dirty then the recorder should have had problems with DVD+Rs too. The drive is brand new. I think the problem has to do with the writing strategy used in Herrie’s Ritek DL firmware for DVD-Rs combined with this specific ND-2510 drive. What i can’t understand is how the drive worked well for a month and then failed.
This problem happens with a small number of recorders after many-many burns in a row without letting the drive rest for a while. Temperature increases during burns and may harm servomechanisms inside the unit. Also, bad ventilation inside your PC case can cause laser lens failure in some drives.
This could also be a lens alignment problem. Wrong insertion of a disc or violent vibrations or shocks from outside factors may cause laser lens misalignment and this requires drive replacement or service from a specialised NEC service.
Not all NEC drives are the same. For example, some ND-2500 drives write DL discs perfectly, while other ND-2500 produce coasters or discs with a lot of PI/PIF errors. This is due to different electronic components used during production from drive to drive. Maybe your ND-2510 doesn’t work with Herrie’s Ritek DL firmware. My ND-2500 works perfectly with the same Ritek DL firmware.
(1). Use a cleaning disc WITHOUT the special liquid (the liquid destroys the organic surface of some plastic laser lens used in many recorders). This action is to eliminate the possibility of dirt on the laser lens. But i am 99.9% certain that this isn’t the real cause of the problem.
- Try flashing with an original/official firmware version designed for ND-2510 and try again.
If you have news, questions or extra information about the problem, let us know. Good luck.
Now as for the misunderstanding that i noticed before in this thread, my opinion is this:
Darthbane2k, some people may misunderstand the title of this thread, about Herrie’s firmware ruining your drive, some may find it offensive and some may get the impression that you blame Herrie for your drive’s failure. I know that this wasn’t your intention but try to use different titles for your threads in order to be sure that no one misunderstands it. By the way, i know how it is to find out that after flashing your drive, it is almost ruined.
Evilhead, all of us know Herrie’s work and we thank him very much. Try not to misunderstand things said in the forum. If you were at the same situation as Darthbane2k, you would react in a very similar way as a natural person. Personally i would do a lot of damage to the drive because of my anger before i could think to ask help from people in the forum!
Now let’s try to focus in the problem rather than discussing about who put the blame on who.