I should be receiving the Sony DRU-V202A today, and if so I’ll hopefully get it installed tonight.
I saw over on Videohelp that some users had solved burning issues on various DVD recorders by simply cleaning the “spindle”. Apparently, if the spindle doesn’t get a good “grip” on the CD/DVD, the result can be annoying noise and slippage, resulting in bad burns, etc. Also, I was getting some longer burns (one burn up to 35 minutes long, but most less than 10 mins) completing once I moved everything away from the recorder and pointed a fan at it during burning.
So yesterday I decided to take the lid off my LiteOn LVW-5005 and look at the burner more closely. I removed the cover for the drive (***) to see how dirty things looked and was amazed to see it looking like new despite little protection for internal components from dust. Nonetheless, I carefully cleaned the grease off the laser’s guide rails and applied a thin coat of silicone spray with a Q-tip. I carefully used a can of Dust-Off to “clean” any dust away from the laser.
While looking at the drive mechanism, I saw what I’m guessing people are referring to as the spindle (mating up to the “hub” of a disc). It looks like a small gasket-like ring with a thin coating of silicone rubber, but I wasn’t able to tell for sure what the material was so I was reluctant to do anything more than blow it off with some Dust-Off. If anyone knows what I’m talking about, please let me know the best way to clean it.
Anyway, the symptoms I’ve been getting show that the original burner is capable of burning and erasing discs, but it doesn’t seem to like burn segments more than a few minutes long. After “cleaning”, those symptoms appear to be unchanged, so it looks like I’ll have to try the new burner.
Anybody else ever get issues resolved simply by “cleaning the spindle”?
*** Removing the faceplate of the burner tray was probably the trickiest part of the operation, having not seen how it was attached and being careful not to break the retaining tabs.