why is my lightscribe drive dead?
ive been into lighstcribe for two years now, more or less since it all started (may 2005) and version 1.0.22
i bought an external LaCie d2 dvdrw-DL(Looks like a phillips inside but no one knows exactly wich brand it is)
until now i have succesfully burn about 400 discs,and ive been through all the usual troubles a new tech involves…communication errors, the usual bunch of verbs with a non recognizable central hub, and prints with rings,puzzled images, or smeared ink effect…
at first i tried different brands to choose wich one gives better contrast.
after been into tdk, memorex, and imation decided to stick to verbs as the give better labelling results and better scans on the data side.
never ever have a problem with lightscribe cdrs as they print like a charm with perfect resolution.
my first batch of a hundred DVD were the good old v1 CMC TAIWAN Verbs…no problem with these ones, appart the 30 min labelling time and the known fact that quality cant compare to cdrs because layer matters.
contast was also ok as they are the darkest dvd i had at the moment, good data scans, and i ony get 2 or 3 label-coasters by communication error,and i think it was much my fault asking too much to my computer and leaving it without enough resources to finish the lightscribe job done.
i got also accostumed to the white powder of cristalizated discs,but using a lint-free cloth(like the ones used for sunglasses will do the job
then i went into my second batch of verbs…
this ones was v1.2,with a lighter surface.
so it was time to flash the drive from firm cx30 to the new lt25 firmware.
as new lss updates were out the labeling times dropped from 30 to 16 minutes but being fast has a price: contrast
so i started to use elcu updates, the balance between contrast quality and time invested was right for me so i was happy again,…not for long,suddenly i realized i had a bad bunch of 3 spindles of the famous verbs “no matter what u do and how many times u clean the center hub these disc aint lighstcribe”.
so i have to use them for other pourposes, and i still have 6 or 7 of this no-way to label them discs around.
quite unsattisfied then i made my worst move:
change the make and buy a bunch of crappy PRIMEON lightscribe cheapos…this was an awful experience…
my lightscribe drive went mad and all i was getting was concentric rings,puzzled images or smeared ink nonesense. appart the data scans where horrid.
results: i have to open 2 spindles of 25 to convince myself it was not a bad bunch and ruined 50 discs,only one usable burn and data side survives,the first one.
fortunately i was in time to return the rest.
then ill stick on verbs again and ordered a new batch
this ones were v1.2 as well but moserbaer india made.
data side gave less accurate scans than taiwan ones but was still acepptable burns. label coating looked worst as weel but at the end of the day they burned fine. only cons is that sometimes firsts and last disc of every spindle have some black spots on the labeling surface. but overall i was happy again.
until last week.
suddenly i started to get an ugly banding effect on all my labels specially the darkest ones…so at first i turned out the elcu update and label them in normal mode…back to normal but i was not able to use the elcu anymore, in ten labels time i was getting the banding effect even in draft mode
suddenly on my last label when the disc came out it was only printed half of the label (like if a communication error has happened but there was no error at all) from then i cant lightscribe anything i insert the disc, it does all the proccess and after the 16 minutes the disc cames out as blank as i inserted and nothing is lightscribed.
there aint any errors or nothing checkup utility says everything is correct ive checked up the lightscribe service my self and everything is fine
and of course my sistem is clean,no virusess no spybots hd always defragmented and uptodate.
all this time my drive is been connected trough a hub
so ive tried changin connections from usb 2.0 to fireware direct to de pc, uninstalling INCD antivirus and anything can create a communication error, installing and uninstallig diferent version of the host.even revert to the very first one installing nero and shurething again…installed last host 1.8 anything. tried every single combination possible and result remains the same
flip the disc do all the process wait the time your disc is finised but disc comes out as blank as it gets in.
dead drive for lightscribe in two years?
the drive still burns and reads like charm.
but no lightscribes anymore.is it possible?
now i have an expensive drive with half its propieties working
i guess i will have to buy a new one to find out
as guarantee expired a year ago, so nothing to do with laCie i suppose.
i like the technology, and i am accostumed to test software but this is too much hassle for an ordinary user.
yesterday i ordered a thermal tdk printer untill i cans solve this…