Originally posted by debro
Methinks the media is Shite!
So when it tries to read the media ID, it's misaligning the laser.
1) Give the drive a good shake.
2) Reflash the firmware.
Either will force the drive to recalibrate it's lens.
Thanks - as I stated, I had already replaced the drive, but given your post I re-connected it, re-flashed FS0J, jiggled the drive about a bit and tried again.
Here's the results with a range of media (all new):
TDK -RW* OK
TDK +R OK
RICOH +RW OK
RITEK -R INTERMITTENTLY OK but mostly FAIL
TDK +RW INTERMITTENTLY OK but mostly FAIL
TDK -R FAIL
VERBATIM -R FAIL
VERBATIM +R FAIL
VERBATIM -RW* FAIL
VERBATIM +RW FAIL
PRINCO -R FAIL
PRINCO +RW FAIL
RIDATA -R +R FAIL
MELODY -R +R FAIL
Everything 4X except where noted with *[/I]
FAIL behaviour is as stated earlier- the drive hunts for two to three minutes and then reports NO MEDIA
I note your reference to crappy media. The RITEKs -R (4X) came well recommended and have proved reliable, which is why I am stocked up with them. The drive had burnt 150 to 200 RITEK -R 4X, without once wrecking one. Even the ones it now fails to ID, the new drive has no problem with.
Also, in the above tests the name brand disks should have shown up better if the drive is(was) sound, yes?
The new (411s) replacement drive works with all of the listed media except the Princo.
I think that failed hardware is now a reasonably conclusion. And given the relatively low cost of the 411S I'm not too upset that it failed just out of the warranty period. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the replacement drive lasts longer
BTW, you mentioned that the laser is able to recalibrate automatically. Is that correct?
Many thanks for the feedback.