DVD drive

  kerses 20:40 13 Aug 09

Repeatedly getting burn failure and report of tracking servo failure, sometimes after nearly two hours of apparent burning. I gather this suggests a failure of the drive. Can someone confirm please before I buy a new drive.

  MAT ALAN 20:44 13 Aug 09

I think this is a media issue rather than hardware, try with a different disc...

When i say different disc i mean completely, make and type of media...

  Stuartli 23:26 13 Aug 09

Try Uninstalling the drive from Device Manager and Rebooting.

If that doesn't cure the problem it's likely a new optical drive is needed - top brand, top spec models now well under £20.

  kerses 16:29 14 Aug 09

Many thanks to Mst Alan and Stuartli. The media one I have tried several, RW and R of different makes. No luck with that. Wills give the uninstall and reboot a go now. Will report how that goes. No problem getting a new drive if needed.

  Stuartli 16:34 14 Aug 09

Compared to ROM drives, rewriters are not very robust lifespan wise.

Which is why I use a DVD-ROM (somewhat ancient Pioneer 116) for software installations, listening to audio CDs etc and reserving the DVD rewriter purely for burning purposes.

It's also the reason why my then six-year-old TDK Cyclone CD rewriter was still working perfectly when I decided that it was time for a DVD equivalent a couple of years ago; it's now a reserve drive for any emergencies.

  kerses 22:46 24 Aug 09

Sorry for delay but many thanks to all. Now have a new writer from Play.com and all going well.

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