I just got on older computer that has a LiteOn Combo Drive SOHC 4832K
It was in Compaq Tower that had its mobo replaces with a non-OEM mobo.
Anyhow, I updated the drive to the mostr current firmware on Compaq's website which is : OPK8
The drive appears to run fine, BUT: it gives lots of errors on CD-DVD speed Disc quality on DVD+RW (Verbatim burned on a Pioneer 115L). Or it will show damaged areas on CD-RW (TDKs burned on Pioneer 115L). However these same discs show and scan fine on my LiteOn LH 20A1P KL0N DVD-RAM.
I already ordered a NEC 7200A-0B to be the primary drive on this tower. I was wondering if the LiteOn SOHC 4832K was worth keeping. I like to be confident in my drives. Nothing worse than finding out that a drive is unreliable. I am also concerned because this computer was extremely dirty and came from a heavily smoked in house (the tower was GROSS)!
Would it be safer to toss the drive.
quick side note; is it common for drives to become obsolite? I understand my NEC 1100A (flashed to 1300) since it was single layer DVD RW and early technology.
My Nec 3550A just doesn't like any RW media (fw 1.07) anymore.
and i have an older DVD ROM LG DVD-ROM GDR8162B that I have never seen firmware updates for, it was an ok reader but....
just wondering... seems like they are really disposable