Hey guys, first time posting here, hope somebody can offer some assistance. I’ve done some searches, and I’ve been reading threads here for quite some time, but I haven’t seen any particular reference to my problem.
I recently bought a 48 disc set for Star Trek DS9, so this is all I’ve been using my DVD drive for, for the last week or so (I just about never use this drive otherwise). Everything was fine, but 2 days ago it suddenly started pausing, hitching and skipping occasionally during playback… Sometimes it gets as bad as to stop for an entire minute before resuming playback, all the while the little light on the drive is blinking it’s little heart out. I am unable to tell what media these discs are, as there is no appreciable information on the inner ring of the discs, and the entire topside is coated in logos and information (as you’d expect). Regardless, these DVD’s were working perfectly just two days ago. I ran Nero CD-DVD speed, and this is the result I get every time I try it;
I’m currently on firmware version JL11, though I have also tried JL12, and it made absolutely no difference. This drive is set to Master, and is on a flat 80pin cable and definitely running UDMA 2. To date I have tried the following;
Flashed to Firmware JL12. Changed IDE cable between 3 different brands, one extremely expensive and high quality. Tried Slave and Cable Select modes. Cleaned off and reinstalled chipset (IDE / SATA) drivers, also tried default Windows drivers. Tried multiple different DVD’s in this set, all show the same results (again, 2 days ago these discs worked perfectly). I’ve tried different playback applications (I always use MPC, but I’ve tried PowerDVD and VLC, barf, but they each made no difference).
This has essentially destroyed my ability to watch these discs…
Does anyone have any suggestions? I’m all out of ideas. This drive isn’t that old (about 6 months), has been used probably 5 times prior to this for light transfer work, and has never skipped a beat.