My Optiarc AD-7200A suddenly quit reading DVDs–went from perfectly operational for burns and reads to reading only CDs consistently, and either completely passing on DVDs or at best letting me browse the filesystem but not really read any files successfully. This seemed to happen after I read from a standard-sized circular mini-CD for the first time using this drive, but maybe that is mere coincidence and not causal. I haven’t attempted any burns with the drive since, as I always do a burn-and-verify in ImgBurn and now I won’t be able to verify.
Question 1: I’ve heard mixed opinions on lens cleaners, but seems like the general consensus is to avoid them on DVD writers, but, the drive’s essentially useless at this point anyway, so any specific recommendations on any lens cleaners to try using with this drive, or should I just move on?
Question 2: I bought a LiteOn IHAS224-06-A as a stop-gap measure, and I’ve had no luck trying to determine if there exists any mod firmware or other means of bitsetting my +R discs to DVD-ROM on this drive: anyone know if this can be done?
Question 3: what drive(s) is/are considered a great (and available) burner (SATA preferred) if one needs bitsetting ability?