Thank you for your replies. In order of the posts…
Have you looked at LG’s or Pioneer’s?
Yes, I looked at specifically the LG GSA-H10L and the Pioneer DVR-710A. Both seemed to have complaints against them that were of consequence though no more and no less than Samsung SH-S182D, Liteon SHM-165H6S. Sony DRU-830A, Plextor PX-760A, and Plextor PX-800A.
Can I just ask…does it recognise pressed CD/DVD?
If it does, there may be a software reason for the problem - I’m guessing you tried booting from a Windows/other OS disc?
Do you have Alcohol installed at all, if the problem’s only with blank discs?
I have multiple hdd’s in my system, (SCSI and IDE) that I can turn on and off independently. I have Windows 2000 Pro and Windows XP Pro. I have Nero 18.104.22.168 and the latest version of Nero 6.5x. I tried all permutations I could think of to get the darn thing to recognize blank DVD’s. Multiple reboots, power down and power up - nothing worked. I do not have Alcohol installed, in my pc or in me I tried your suggestion to read an already written dvd. It took about 5 minutes of churning, grinding, buzzing and led flashing, but finally, the contents appeared in Windows Explorer. Then I stuck in a blank dvd+r and VOILA it recognized it.
I am happy it is now working, [B]but for how long? Is this normal behavior for a dvd burner, or is it only TOYING WITH MY SANITY?[/B]
I am sorry that you have had such misfortune. I have had better luck with Liteon drives. I have four drives made my Liteon. The oldest one is five years old, the newest one is only four months old. All of them are still working fine.
Are you sure the drive is dead? As Arachne says, the problem could be software related or possibly a hardware fault with another part of the system like the IDE cable, power supply, IDE controller or drivers…
One of the best tests for an optical drive is to boot from a bootable CD or DVD.
A Windows installer CD or a live Linux CD/DVD like Knoppix or Damn Small Linux is a handy tool for this job.
If you can’t coax it back to life. You could try LG or Pioneer. If you are trying
to avoid Liteon, you should be aware that many of the current drives on the
market are rebadged Liteons. i.e. some models by Philips, Benq , HP and others.
I too have had good luck with LiteOn drives in the past, and have several of their CD-R/W drives. The others are still working fine for me as well.
I was sure that it was dead as far as recognizing a blank and writing to it, but now (see text above) I am not sure what to think.
[B]If anyone reading this thread has a positive experience for more than two months with an LG and/or Pioneer unit could they please post a model number.
Does the lack of “Support for Disc Error Checking with Third Party Software” diminish the reliability of the burned discs created with a dvd burner?[/B]