Over the past few days I’ve noticed that my Liteon burner has been a little “inconsistent” while being used. This inconsistency happens when using all kinds of different software packages which leads me to believe that it’s a burner issue. The problem is this: sometimes when getting the burner going (ie. in the first 3-5% of the burn) the burner just seems to stop ‘burning’. I can still hear the CD spinning, and the software (in most cases I use Nero) continues to think that the burner is working its magic. I have let this go for a few minutes and it just sits on the same 3-5% without budging. The burner just seems to freeze while still keeping the disc spinning.
When I hit cancel in Nero, the app doesn’t actually cancel, and ultimately, to get access to the disc again, i have to reboot my machine. Initially I thought this could have been a firmware issue - so I toodled off to the web and downloaded the latest firmware (I’m afraid I can’t remember the exact number but I know that it was something like 6xxxF). I upgraded the firmware no problem, rebooted my machine and tried it again. It appeared to work nicely for another 3 or 4 CDs, then it started doing it again.
I tried running through “simulation” aswell while burning and most of the time it would go past the simulation no problem and freeze on the start of the actual burn. Only once do I recall it freezing in the same way but at the start of the simulation.
Finally, not once have I created a coaster as a result! After rebooting and checking the media it’s quite clear that nothing has been written to it and I am able to try again using the same disc. Proof of the pudding is that after a while I managed to get a burn working with a disc that I had attempted to use 3 times before.
So my questions are: does anyone have any idea what might be going on here? Have you had a similar experience? Does it sound like I need to replace my burner? Could it be another issue such as heat??
I am running WindowsXP SP1, and use Nero 5.5 (I think) and CloneCD 4.2.
Any help on this topic would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks one and all.