I’ve just purchased a brand spanking new SOHW-1673S, and had no problems with it whatsoever until I went to burn something. I’m used to using a particular brand of Ritek discs on my other liteon drive (an older SOHW-832) and having absoloutely no problem with them. However, when I use this same media on my newer drive, it won’t even get to the point of recognising it as a blank media (it just spins up and down constantly). It will, however, read burned media of the same type, and it will burn some other media (specifically some breed of Laser DVD-RW). Now, I could understand it not burning well, but not even recognising the media?! (to the point of leaving it in the drive for ten minutes until it stops trying to read it, and then going into Nero and having it ask me to put a disc in the drive)
I’m a little flustered, as this media worked in an older (and only about a year older) drive by Liteon. According to Omnipatcher it should recognise the disc, and I’ve checked the dye code in the other burner and it comes up as Ritek-G04. I’ve also tried a new spindle of Ritek-G05’s which work perfectly again in the other drive, but not even seen in this drive. I’m sorry if this is a common problem that’s already been run into, but I couldn’t find any info on this specific problem.