I have had this drive for a while:
Lite-On DVDRW SHW-160P6S PS0C
I have the latest firmware (PS0C).
I've been having problems reading discs with this thing for a year or two it seems.
It will WRITE fine, but will not read the discs, they are almost always recognized as blank discs (sometimes even as blank cds when it's a non-blank dvd).
It seems to be burning just fine!
I put the disc into another computer and it reads it instantly without problems.
I have tried the following:
- Different firmwares (older stock, non-stock, ...)
- Gently cleaning the laser lens w/rubbing alcohol
- Taking it apart down to the little lenses/mirrors and blowing compressed air into them.
- Putting the drive as master on primary IDE channel (have a VIA chipset, heard that was a problem)
- Putting the drive into another computer entirely (using other computer's IDE cable)
The result is the same.
I've actually come to realize it has this problem with ALL discs, not just DVDs.
It will sporadically read them though.
Sometimes I'll put a disc in and after a while it will come up just like normal (not blank).
It's not a software problem, I'm convinced.
I have burned bootable discs and it will only rarely boot them but will boot instantly on another computer.
Because I'm pretty certain this is a problem with the drive itself (not software, not other hardware), I will refrain from listing my software/hardware specs.
Is there anything anyone can think of that would help?
Why can it write but not read? Are different lasers/lenses/etc typically used for that?
I have read other threads with this problem (a few with this exact drive) but there seems to be no solution.
I'm ready to go office space on this thing.
I know I have a baseball bat around here somewhere...
P.S: I'm an unemployed student so I'm low on cash, just dropped $350 on textbooks (financial aid didn't go through in time), so 'go buy a new drive' is not helping!