[qanda]This thread is about the Lite-On LH-20A1H. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]Ok, well, this is my first post, so please bear with me!
I have a Dell XPS 720 H2C running Windows Vista Premium on an Intel Quad Core 2 Extreme Q6850 at 3.66GHz. I have ample disk space (1.5TB raid(0) in 2x750GB disks. I see it all through dual NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX Sli-enabled cards.
I have 3 burners.
1/. (not relevant here) TSST CDRWDVD Combi TS-H493B on SCSI
2/. TSST DVD+-RW TS-H653B on SCSI
3/. Lite-On DVDRW LH-20A1H on ATA (lightscribe)
I use Roxio Creator, Nero7 and even Wndows Media Centre (as a last resort, just to test it out) to write to DVD.
Recently I have been having problems writing data .avis, mpegs, mp3, misc data to DVD.
It took a while, but I eventually, through trial and error and using up 20 or so DVD+R DL discs from two manufacturers (full printable basic discs supplied in 25 and 50-stack cakes) found the following:-
Writing to either the LH-20A1H or TSST TS-H653B drives (not to the combi, of course cos it only writes CDR)......
a/. I get a write error (and nothing seems to have been written to the DVD, from a visual inspection) when burning either of the DVD+R DL makes.
b/. I can burn ok to DVD-RW on both drives
c/. I can burn to CD-R on both drives, too.
It seems to make no difference if I set burn speed to 1, or to 'max', or to the value on the dvd info, e.g 4.something or 8x, depending on dvd disc manufacturer.
I got the latest firmware from burner manufacturer websites and installed it.
I got really fed up with it and formatted my hard disk(s), reinstalled Windows (thinking it must be a driver/software/corruption issue) and drivers, but...
Still cannot burn on either drive to DVD DLs.
I don't want to try with expensive Lightscribe discs (which in any case are only single sided) cos I already know I can write to DVD-RW.
I emphasise that it used to work (about three months ago) and I have added no extra software, and in any case reformatting the hard disks would sort that out
Any ideas, hints, help would be greatly appreciated.
I wanna do backups of my photos (and home movie stuff, before the Mini-DV tapes self destruct!
Cheers (Here's hoping)