I’ve just received a new LH-20A1H-185 (RMA’d an SHM-165H6S), and it’s giving me nothing but grief.
I installed it, and after upgrading the firmware to LL0C, all attempts to burn a Taiyo Yuden Premium Line 8x DVD+R (TYG02) have locked up the computer. In Nero, the ‘Used Read Buffer’ bar fills to 100%, and the ‘Completed’ bar gets to 1%, but the ‘Buffer Level’ never moves from zero and the ‘Action’ remains in ‘Lead-in’. The same thing happens in ImgBurn. The drive sounds like it spins up a little (very quietly) at first, and is spinning the whole time, and the LED on the front blinks steadily the whole time (about one blink per second, I think), but nothing happens. When I try to hit ‘Cancel’ in either burning program, or hit Ctrl+Alt+Del, the pointer turns into an hourglass and after a few seconds the entire computer freezes – I have to hit the reset button on the case to reboot.
I’ve tried Nero 6, Nero 7 and ImgBurn; firmwares LL07 and LL0C; two different IDE ribbon cables; and have formatted and reinstalled Windows (XP SP2), only to have the same thing happen every time. I’ve spent all day trying to get this thing to work!
I’m assuming the drive is simply DOA, and I should just RMA it again, but is there anything else I should try before giving up?
Any help’s much appreciated!