Do burners have an odometer or memory?

By billyellis ยท 8 replies
Jan 6, 2010
  1. My laptop's warranty is coming up, and the DVD burner has be deteriorating with a lot of vibration and even occasional grinding. The computer is about 2 years old, but I have put a lot of mileage on the drive in that time. Before I try and convince them that my warranty should cover replacing the drive, I was wondering whether there was anything a service person can look at to know how many discs have been burned, etc.??

  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    If the burner hasn't been misused or physically damaged then it's replaceable under warranty.
    Service tech's cannot tell how much mileage the drive has on it or how many discs you have burnt/played.................I think that's more the province of the C.I.A., or possibly whoever works out the F.I.F.A. football rankings.
  3. ManQu

    ManQu TS Rookie

    LMAO......nice and possably true

    Never heard of any time or distance limit failures,other than old age and use (like me) go get it fixed......
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Everything wears out. If your laptop has a defective drive, they will replace it under the warranty, but the warranty of the replacement drive ends when the original warranty ends.
    But if it is still working, reading and writing using the original software provided at the time of purchase of the laptop, they will charge you a fee for examination if it is still working properly.
    The warranty guarantees against failure, not lowered performance.
  5. billyellis

    billyellis TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 155

    Thanks folks. And no comment on FIFA... If you rearrange the letters and replace the 2 "F"s with a "C", you get CIA. Spooky, eh? :)
  6. billyellis

    billyellis TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 155

    Ironically I was looking at my posts jsut now and found that I had originally posted a question about the drive's problems early last year:

    Lately my 'workaround' to tamp the vibration is not working, and every 2nd or 3rd burn starts grinding and I have to manually power off to stop it. :(
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    How do you figger that?
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    optical drives can and DO go bad.... but they're cheap and easy to replace.
  9. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    What is more, nothing useful results from trying to repair or adjust one. When they are bad, they are bad. During a lifetime, each computer user will have some good ones, some great ones, and some very awful ones.
    But so far, the prices are amazingly low... though you should always budget for a replacement, as the failures are suddent and without warning.
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