PX-W1210A finally dies due to overuse?

Is my drive shot? Should I be looking for a warantee claim, or is it too old?

I’ve had my PX-W1210A for about two years now. I never upgraded the firmware. I use it to reburn a CDRW every week with a system backup. (I actually have three CDRWs that rotate.) It’s on Linux 2.4.22 and I use Cdrecord 2.01a19. It worked great until a week ago.

Now it fails to fixate disks, either CDRW or CD-R. I use good media (CD-R: Imation 700MB by CMC Magnetics, A+) and it gives a blink code when I insert any of my CDRWs: 5 blinks (Failure reading PMA, TOC or ATIP). It still reads CD-Rs just fine. At the end is what Cdrecord says when it fails to fixate the disks. It just times out and gives up.

Text of failure after successfully burning all data to disk, and then attempting to fixate follows. The disk is still readable and good in another drive.

Starting new track at sector: 0
Track 01: 268 of 268 MB written (fifo 100%) [buf 94%] 8.1x.
Track 01: Total bytes read/written: 281219072/281219072 (137314 sectors).
Writing time: 240.939s
Average write speed 7.8x.
Min drive buffer fill was 94%
cdrecord.mmap: Input/output error. close track/session: scsi sendcmd: cmd timeout after 480.090 (480) s
CDB: 5B 00 02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
cmd finished after 480.090s timeout 480s
cmd finished after 480.090s timeout 480s
cdrecord.mmap: Input/output error. test unit ready: scsi sendcmd: no error
CDB: 00 00 00 00 00 00
status: 0x2 (CHECK CONDITION)
Sense Bytes: F0 00 03 00 02 1A F4 0A 00 00 00 00 02 00 00 00
Sense Key: 0x3 Medium Error, Segment 0
Sense Code: 0x02 Qual 0x00 (no seek complete) Fru 0x0
Sense flags: Blk 137972 (valid)
cmd finished after 2.304s timeout 40s
cdrecord.mmap: Cannot fixate disk.
Fixating time: 975.199s

The only thing I can suggest is to try some other media. If that also fails I think your drive is the problem. You can of course try the drive in another computer to see if it works there. If this also fails then you should contact Plextor and ask them if they can repair the drive for you. You probably won’t have any warranty anymore because the drive is older than 1 (for America) or 2 (for Europe) years.