So I finally got tired of the worn-out original drive in my LVW-5005 failing to recognize DVD-R media and got a Sony DRU-800A from ebay to put in it. I picked the 800A because a lot of folks had had success with the LiteOn 1693 it’s based on, and because I knew how to make it do book type and get region control out of the way. I put it in an external case to do some work on it first. I got the latest Sony firmware, KY06, set the book type to DVD-ROM, and used the LiteOnRPC to get region control out of the way, and then did some test burns. It seemed to be fine with the media I normally use.
Last night I put the drive into my LVW-5005 and was very happy when it read the first couple of disks I put in it, including one I hadn’t finalized. I was also happy to see it immediately prepare the first DVD-R I put in. But then I tried to burn a show to disk at the fastest speed. The burn hung after 13 seconds with a TDK DVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3), after 30 seconds with a Sony DVD-R (SONY16D1), and ran quite awhile with an Office Depot DVD+R (Ritek R03) but ultimately reported “Disc Full” and would not play or finalize at all . I’m a short ways into a recording at the SP (2 hour) speed, and it’s better so far, but I’m concerned about reliability and tired of making coasters. I pretty much don’t record at the 1 hour speed in real life.
I’m trying to figure out if I got a turkey of a drive and if there’s something I can do about it Does anyone have an 800A or a 1693 in a 5005 and have ideas? How much might cross-flashing to other firmware help? If this thing gives me more trouble, I have a Sony DRU-810A (a BenQ based model) that’s been a great drive in my computer, but I don’t relish the thought of fiddling with the bezels again.