So I purchased a SH-203N on Newegg about 5 months ago. Been burning discs and labels on it…more here lately. Then today, after buring DVD data to the disc, I flipped it over, placed it back in the driver and NERO could not detect the lightscribe portion of the disc (center of disc ring… if you have lightscribe you know what I am talking about)
I then installed the lightscribe diagnostic utility… that also could not detect the media. I then tried detecting other labels in the spindle. Nothing…not one of them… ( the disk I burned earlier in the day was from that spindle…burned data and label fine)
I then tried a CDR lightscribe disc from a spindle I bought…WAY BACK…over a yr ago… would not detect several. I then tried a disc I already burned a label on to “reburn” or darken the disc…a disc it has already detected or burned once before…couldn’t detect it.
SO… ITS THE DRIVE. That is settled.
I then uninstalled and reinstalled lightscribe software. I also updated latest Samsung firmware. Nothing still no work.
So… is the drives lightscribe function dead? Is it common for lightscribe burning functions to die after so many burns? ( I read rumors about 25-50 burns somewhere).
Also how is SAMSUNG return system? Anyone used it? How quick do I get another drive back?
I will buy something ASAP as a replacement… and the 203N is no longer available at Newegg… what is an excellent lightscribe DVD/CDR combo drive to get? I liked the 203N but can no longer get it. I feel like an idiot for selling my extra BenQ just a few days ago. Any drive recommendations would be appreciated so I can order an immediate placement.