i had this drive since 2005 and it worked (somehow) flawlessly. But during the last 2 months, it started to not recognize cd-rw media type and refuses to format them(but it can read’em!). So i have to format them in a cd-rw drive and then the pioneer can write on them. I don’t think it’s media issue, as, even after being written by the 109 itself, it refuses again to erase it. Everything else(dvd±r burning etc.) works as usual. I don’t think it’s firmware issue as i never update it(drive came with 1.40 which was quite ok by the time i bought it…). I tried with different software (nero, alcohol, even with the default windows xp utility), but i obtained the same results.
is the drive failing?