I am currently on my third 3540A and just like the first two this one will no longer burn CDs. It will still read them, both store-bought pressed CDs and those I’ve burned myself, but I can no longer burn with it. I ran into the same problem with the previous two drives I had.
I bought my first 3540A back in July and it worked very well for about a month before it stopped reading or writing CDs. I returned it and had the second drive for maybe a week when the same thing happened. When those drives failed they wouldn’t even read pressed CDs so I guess it isn’t quite as bad this time.
I really hate to RMA this drive and try my luck on a fourth but I have no other choice. I’m wondering, though, if this might be OS or firmware related.
I’m running Linux kernel 18.104.22.168 and burning CDs with cdrdao. The first drive died after cdrdao failed to burn an ISO. The second one just plain died. My current drive stopped burning earlier this evening after cdrdao failed the power calibration.
I was using the following firmware for each drive:
1st 3540A - Liggy’s 1.01e bitsetting firmware (fast)
2nd 3540A - Liggy’s 1.01e bitsetting firmware (fast)
3rd 3540A - Liggy’s 1.03 bitsetting firmware (fast)
I don’t think the modified firmware effects the CD reading/writing so don’t know if that’s the problem and I don’t think cdrdao is responsible. It just seems odd that three exact same drives would go bad like that. There is either something killing them or NEC just had a bad batch.
Anyway, I’m feeling extremely unlucky right about now. Anyone have any ideas or similar experience please respond. Thanks.