-- As this is my first post on the forum please excuse my ignorance --
I've been a happy owner and user of a Pioneer A05 (oem) for about a year and recently it stopped burning discs properly.
Let me describe the scenario
I rip a DVD on seperate drive
decrypt it using DVD Decryptor
Resize it using DVD2ONE
Burn it using Nero Express 5
DVD Media - USDM
I've been using this method to burn over 200 disks. I've never had any problems and my movies play on every player I've tried.
Now all of a sudden the movies I rip/burn are crashing towards the end of the movie, or skipping towards the beginning. The most common problem is the movie freezes 3/4 of the way through or doesnt play at all. I have no idea when this started or why.
Here's what I did to try and remedy the problem
Wipe hard drive using ioscrubber
Upgrade to WinXp (was on Win2K b4)
Download latest DVD Decrypter
Download latest DVD2ONE
Update to latest Nero 5 versions
Buy new blank DVD-R's (same brand)
So does this burner have a lifecycle or something - ie after X number of burns it just stops working proper? Time for a new drive or firmware or what? I've killed so many blank DVDs Im open to just about anything at this point !
Thanks in advance for your help !