Sony dru 710a no longer recognising discs

Greetings all,
I’ve seen quite a few mentions to this problem around the net, but as yet, no conclusive way to fix the problem… I use Dvd region + css free as i watched a lot of oversea’s movies. Now this isn’t the first time this has happened to me, but the last time i resorted to formatting my pc. Not eager to go through that at the moment though. The problem is, the drive spins up and the light flashes for a while, but then, nothing. Not even explorer see’s the disc. I’ve tried the sony drive check utility, that also failed.
I’m running the BYX5 firmware.
ANy help with this would be greatly appreciated. Also does anyone know why the drive gets limited to 4X after the firmware upgrade?

Just out of curiousity, how many discs should a drive be able to write? I estimate i’ve written in excess of about 500 discs, both cd and dvd.


try in safemode, this will elimanate any software issues