Sorry to be posting a new thread in such a cluttered up forum.. But I've done some reading around these threads and just can't seem to find a solution anywhere.
I've had my LiteOn LVW-5006 for about 2 and a half years now. For the last year or so, it's been very temperamental as to which discs it decides to read, and which it doesn't! It's very hit and miss, some discs it will play all the time, others it won't.. And I could never figure out why it refused the ones it refused. They're a mixture of formats (DVD-R and DVD+R), all were burnt on my laptop, some NTSC, some PAL. Although the ones it WILL read are of the same mixture.. Hence the confusion!
I thought it may have been due to a bad laser or something, but how this would be the problem is beyond me, as it records to DVDs fine..
But regardless, I took the whole unit apart, dismantled the drive and cleaned the laser with a cotton-bud and alcohol. Put it all back together again, tried a non-working DVD, still wouldn't read it. So now what?
I Googled around, and discovered that it's possible to use a PC DVD drive instead of the installed one. So I took my old desktop PC to bits, took out the Pioneer DVDRW 107-D drive, and tried plugging it in to see if it worked. It did! So I cut a hole in the top of my case, threaded the wires through, put it all back together again and breathed a sigh of relief. For about half a minute.
Again, same problem. It won't read a handful of discs!! I can't figure out why, other standalone players read the discs it calls 'invalid' with no problem whatsoever, as does my laptop. This is a PC drive for pete's sake, which works flawlessly with any DVD I throw at it when it's installed in my desktop. So what gives?!
I thought maybe it was due to the firmware upgrades I'd done on the player, as I was currently using 101. So I downloaded and downgraded the firmware to a hacked 098 version. Still no success.
Does anyone have any idea what could be the problem? Is it just something I'm going to have to put up with until I decide to take the plunge and get myself a PS3, and use that to play the 'invalid' DVDs my trusty LiteOn doesn't like?
Thanks in advance to anyone who can advise me on this.. If you can give me a working solution, I'll love you forever :flower: