I have 4 Pioneer A06 burners and have had great success burning with 5 different media types at 4x, this was until about 6 weeks ago.
The main function of these drives is PS2/Xbox backups, but also movies. They do get a lot of use and each would have burnt around 1500-2000 discs each.
6 weeks ago, the first of the four started producing poor quality burns, where there was a fade ring at about the halfway point on the face of the disc. These discs when tested, failed and some are now being used as drink coasters. As a temporary measure I dropped the speed back to 2x and started acheiving successful burns again. 2 weeks passed and a second drive started producing similar results and it has been droped back to 2x. Yesterday drive 3, same result. I now have 3 drives running at 2x and it seems the fourth may be next.
It doesn’t seem to be a power calibration issue, or media related.
I have had successful results with Princo, Melody, Ritek, Databank and Verbatim. The 3 Sony DRU 500’s are running fine, but have only ever run at 2x speed consistently. I have just put up with that.
The Sony Drives have the latest firmware, however I have seen no need to update the Pioneer’s as they have run beautifully until recently.
Any ideas anyone? Has anyone had this problem and resloved it? Or is it old age/overuse. These drives are nearly 6 months old
I was looking at setting up a 7 tray duplicator with Pioneer, but currently having second thoughts.