[qanda]This thread is about the Samsung TS-L632D. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]Hi. This is not my first post here, but i'm unable to retrieve my password (email issues), so i had to create a new account
I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 (purchased in late 2006), which came with a TSST TS-L632D DVD+/-RW burner, and i never had experienced problems with it... until yesterday. I was copying a DVD to a DVD+RW under Linux (using K3b), when suddenly, the burn failed near the end...
After that, i've tried to blank the disc, but it FAILED! Then, i rebooted to Windows and used Nero CD-DVD Speed to format the disc (it was a Memorex DVD+RW), and it worked... but when i tried to burn again on that disc, the burner REFUSED to recognize it!
Things got worse: after declaring that Memorex DVD+RW as a coaster, i've tried again with K3b, this time using a fresh, new Philips DVD+RW. The disc burned fine the first time (trying with a bunch of garbage data), but after a second burn, burning different files, it failed AGAIN near the end! Now each time that i try to burn that DVD+RW, K3b attempts to format the disc, then it dies with a I/O error. Trying the same disc on Nero yields almost the same: disc writes, but it fails with an I/O error when writing the lead-out.
Tried with ANOTHER, used Philips DVD+RW from the same batch: same results! Now i have three expensive coasters! On those failed burns, i've noticed that the drive produces a tic-tac noise, similar of those old floppy drives, when burning the disc....
The drive still reads and writes DVD+/-R without any problems or odd noises, it's just DVD+RW that fails now... Is my drive starting to die? :eek:
BTW: I have NO crapware/bloatware installed. On Windows, it's just a plain XP SP2 install, just Nero installed; no InCD, no Daemon-Tools, no Alcohol, no nada! On Linux it's an old Fedora Core 6 64-bit setup. Both "bricked" discs worked without problems in the same burner before this mess.