I have a Pioneer 111D. Somehow, altho they are great in many ways, they don't really seem to last all that long. Yesterday Nero refused to see the Pioneer drive when I tried to burn files to a titanium red disc (which it had been very happy with previously) as data, now, today, in spite of a reinstall of Nero (Premium 188.8.131.52) it is also refusing to see the DVD's as DVD's.., they are now CD's. When I looked into properties the drive is shown as a CD drive and I can't see any options to change. I tried updating the firmware (with firmware from the pioneer site, official v1.29 firmware already on it ) but it said it could not find my device. I assume the drive is now to be considered dead and I need to replace it.., but with what. I am a little tired of the short life of Pioneers (they have never lasted me more than a year) but had real problems with updating the firmware on an NEC 3520 model I bought (very complicated) 18 months or so ago so not sure where to go. I have looked at the Sony AW G170A but suspect I will have the same problems with firmware updates that I had with the NEC. Can anyone advise 1) If there is anything I can do with my Pioneer 111D drive.., or 2)what is the best (most reliable) dual layer burner available today. I do tend to burn to Titanium Datawrite media.., and also need to burn Xbox 360 game backups (for this I use Verbatim DL media lol) cause my son is a destructive so and so lol!
Oh yeah, my drive is also now not reading DVD's lol