Hello, I’ve been browsing around these forums searching for some information as to why this drive won’t read a blank DVD-R…
The drive is an old LiteOn SOHW-1633S, the firmware I started with was BGS4 – I’ve tried two others (CS0T (patched - crossflashing, multi-colored LED version) and Sony’s BYX4 (stock version)) and I got the same results. Windows (XP SP2) hangs and gives up finding it, and the software (ImgBurn 126.96.36.199 just reads ‘Device Not Ready (Medium Not Present)’.
The CD will spin up a little, make some noise, spin up a little more etc. etc. until finally it decides there’s no media in the drive, so apparently it doesn’t recognize these DVD-Rs (They are Memorex 16x max DVD-Rs).
This drive is outdated, but it’s usage has been pretty light (as far as I know no one’s ever even tried to burn a DVD with it). It reads CDs and retail DVDs (I only actually used it to read a PS2 DVD of Guitar Hero 2 ;), but it had no issues), but it will only write to CD-Rs…
So, my question is, is there a certain firmware setup I should give a shot? Maybe some different settings with the firmware? Or, is it possible it would have a better chance reading a different brand of media (I don’t want to waste any money buying different brands if I can’t use any of them in the end…)?
Or could I be most unfortunate and have a cooked drive?
Thanks in advance.