I've been using a pioneer DVR-117D i pulled out of an old power mac to burn my gamecube games because it burns at 1x while my never tsst drive only goes down to 4x. Anyway, i burned 2 discs with it yesterday and neither of them worked, so i reburned the first one and it didnt work either. I looked at the back of the disc and it looks like the dye hasnt changed color at all, like its a fresh dvd-r. IMG, however, tells me that there was a session opened on the disc (i forgot to check if it had closed it, but i can do that later).
It seems like the laser is only turning on to open the session, but doesnt write any data. Is there any way to test the drive without burning more coasters? I have a dvr-105 laying around that should work well enough for me if the 117d is dead, but i dont want to toss the 117d if it still has some life in it.