@gastrof - http://club.cdfreaks.com/showpost.php?p=1066801&postcount=39 is where I tried to tell how I replaced my 5005 burner which was a ddw-451s with my 832s LiteOn DVD burner. In the drive change ? topic others have done it also and explained how they did it. Toxie has a web page up on how he did it, there is a post about it and thrunner gave you the link. Some of the drives used are my 832s, a 1673s, a 1693s to name a few.
As for your PM’s
It’s doing it again…
Your reply on the matter of replacing something in something left me a little up in the air.
Did you mean you removed the drive from a 5005 or a 5006 and put something else in its place? (If so, which? An 05 or an 06?)
Also, if this is what you did, could you tell me if it was expensive to get the replacement drive, and where such a drive can be purchased?
Tonight I had something really odd happen.
I’d recorded several hours of FIREFLY off a TiVo, and finished up with recording a “Making of Serenity” special they did about the upcoming Firefly-cast movie.
When I recorded the special, I used HQ, and only recorded on half the disc before finalizing, because the special was only 30 min. incl. commercials.
When I went to play the finalized disc, the machine hesitated, and then ID’d it as a -RW.
It was a -R.
It then played it.
This made me…concerned.
I then put a half-used -R disc into the machine to record (again, off my TiVo) the second episode of INVASION.
The player once again isn’t recognizing a half used disc. It says “no disc” after a minute or so of trying, and then tells me to put a proper disc into the machine.
As you might recall, the last time this happened, it recognized one of the twin discs I’d made, but not the other.
This time, it’s not recognizing EITHER.
I’m going to try the dics in the 06, since last time this happened, it was able to read, record, and finalize the disc, and after that the 05 could recognize and play it normally.
I’ve heard that some people have noted a problem with un-finalized discs not being recognized by the player a few days later.
Is this a known problem, and is replacing the drive the only solution? Has anyone had any success getting LiteOn to repair the machine so it stays repaired?
I replaced my ddw-451s drive in my 5005 with a LiteOn 832s. You can get a new drive, a 1693s for about $35-$40 at newegg.com. The prices fluctuate.
I had the same problem with the 451s drive recognizing DVD’s that it had recorded and that I had used regularly.
Stay repaired by LiteOn - not usually for long as you can tell by the number of RMA’s by people.
Five questions for you-
First, what did this part mean"
“Stay repaired by LiteOn - not usually for long as you can tell by the number of RMA’s by people.”
Did you mean “stay AWAY from repairs by LiteOn”? Or did you mean their repairs tend to be good and all an owner needs?
I did not say stay away from repairs by LiteOn, I just mentioned that there have been people doing RMA’s but should have put “people doing multiple RMA’s”
As for the drive replacement, has it worked out to be much better for you? No further problems? I really like this machine and hope it doesn’t need to be junked.
I have stated it has worked out fine and I am happy
If I do replace the drive, will I need to add any software changes, or will it be a plug-and-play situation?
No software needed or mentioned to be needed in the forums
In installing the new drive, will the installation itself be a physical plug-and-play? In other words, is it more like putting a new VHS tape into a VCR or plugging in a toaster, or is it more like trying to build a TV using parts and a diagram?
If your not a little handy I wouldn’t try it.
Finally, do the 5006 machines have the tendency to die like this too, or is it just the 05s? (This is something that’s likely been discussed and my fuzzy memory is just vaguely aware of.)
All LiteOn Standalone Recorders have had trouble as well as other brand of Standalone DVD recorders.
Any further help you can be, I appreciate it!
I hope this helps