Drive No Longer Recognises DVDRs, But No Problem With Others

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#1

[qanda]This thread is about the NEC ND-3500A / ND-3500AG. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]OK, did my old NEC ND-3500AG just bite the dust? I inserted a blank TYG02 DVD-R and the drive just refused to read it and gave of some soft clicking noises. Same thing happened with a blank YUDEN000 T02 DVD+R. Both discs are genuine TY and were recognised fine in my other drive.

But the NEC does recognise blank CD-Rs and non-burned discs with no problem.

What’s going on here, is this a drive failure? Or something more complex?


#2

You may need to use only +R media or replace the drive. See http://club.cdfreaks.com/f86/nec-optiarc-dvd-r-reading-problems-209168/ for details on this common problem for which only a very few have found resolution.


#3

[QUOTE=bevills1;2101385]You may need to use only +R media or replace the drive. See http://club.cdfreaks.com/f86/nec-optiarc-dvd-r-reading-problems-209168/ for details on this common problem for which only a very few have found resolution.[/QUOTE]

Thanks, I’m guessing I’ll have to replace the drive since even +R media blanks are not recognised.


#4

Before chucking this drive, you could try and clean the laser lens, either with a cleaning disc, or if you feel confident in disassembling the drive. a cotton bud and some pure alcohol.


#5

Ahaha … I ended up breaking the drive when I was taking it apart to clean it.

Sounds like Pioneer 216 for me!:cool:


#6

You may want to consider Pioneer 116 instead unless you have Silicon Image chipset or have PCI SATA adapter with Silicon Image chipset. See http://club.cdfreaks.com/f44/bsod-lite-dvd-writer-249505/ for more on this.


#7

Intel motherboard ICHx SATA controllers are also fine with optical drives and, the Optiarc AD-72xx series is better than the Pioneer 116/216.