About 9 months ago the hard drive on my 98SE based system failed. When I went to restore it I couldn't get my Plextor 708A to read the Windows and other CDs needed for the restore (it would read the Plextor installation disc). I installed an old Toshiba XM-6102B and completed the reinstallation. The 708A is dated March 2004 and was probably purchased new later that year. It always seemed to work flawlessly and I was suspicious that the problem was with the Roxio software. I fiddled with the software for a while but couldn't get the 708A to work correctly and went back to the XM-6102B.
Recently I looked at the 708A again, cleaned the lens, and performed the self test using a TY 8X DVD+R disc from a 50 pack purchased from Meritline in 2004. It failed the test, giving a single green blink code. I also tried the self test with a 12X Imation CD-R and got a code of three amber blinks. I gather that this isn't the ideal media for the test but was all I had on hand. My tests and other posts here suggested that, at best, the LED for the CD had burned out.
I want to stay with 98SE on this system, which rules out the newest Plextors. So I purchased a used 708A that turned out to be a month older than my original. It reads DVDs and CDs, which is a big relief. But it failed the self text performed with another of my shrinking supply of TY DVD+Rs, giving me another single green blink code. I'm going to get some current CD-Rs and self test with them.
So this is a longish buildup to a hopefully simple question. If the "new" unit won't pass the self test, is this reason to return it as not fully functional? Do you have any concerns about my TY DVD+Rs? I don't want to buy a bunch of CD-Rs so I'm going to be looking around locally. Any recommendations?
As an aside, when I bought the TY DVD+Rs in 2004 they were as readily available as DVD-Rs. This isn't so any more, the DVD+Rs being hard to find. What gives?