I just bought a new Pioneer 111D, to replace a Sony DRU 720a (liteon 1673s).
The Sony was working fine as the master on the IDE.
I simply swapped out the Sony, and put the Pioneer in. I changed nothing else. The jumper is set to master on the Pioneer.
When I boot up, the drive is recognized. All installed burn software (Nero, DiscJuggler and CloneCD) recognize the drive as a burner.
When I insert a DVD, it plays automatically (so the drive reads fine).
But anytime I try to burn, I get an immediate error. DJ says “drive communication error”, Nero says KEY_HARDWARE_FAILURE in the log.txt, and CloneCD just sits at 0% forever.
I’ve checked the cables, the configuration, and I can’t see anything wrong.
I ended up taking it in to the shop today, and the tech says that its incompatible with my motherboard. He says the Pioneers won’t run with AMD CPU/ASUS mobo. (but he put in an LG which worked fine). I don’t want the LG, it won’t be any better than the Sony.
So, does this make any sense? I thought perhaps it was simply a defective burner, but they say thats not the case.
I should mention, that I tried to flash the firmware with official pioneer program, and I get a failure, unable to get drive into normal mode error.
I have an AMD Athlon XP 1700, ASUSTeK A7V8x-x mobo, over 1 gig ram.