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Nearly new DVD R/RW junk!???

By macx ยท 7 replies
Aug 30, 2006
  1. Sony CDRW DVD R/RW, about a year old,
    probly less than 40 hours on it.

    All of a sudden the light won't come on,
    and Windows can't find it.

    I unplugged the power (comp off) to
    check the power plug, squeezed the
    female pins together a little cuz when
    I wiggled the power plug the lite would
    come on for about 2 seconds then go
    off again.

    When I pushed the plug back in, I noted
    a quick flash on the inside pin.

    Now, nada.

    Maybe toast? Maybe repairable for less than a new one?

    If Toast, what's a good quality one w/o
    going overboard on cost?

  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,123

    Well I'll tell you this, I bought a cheap Lite-On for like $35 and it sucks. I would stick with a Pioneer or Sony for a little more cash.
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    Yeah, that's why I bought a Sony in the first place, hoping I'd
    get at least halfway decent quality.

    I guess that's why I never win the lottery. :(
  4. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    Personally I've had an NEC DVD +-R/RW DL drive for about two years and it still runs like new. over that time I have probably burned at least 800 discs and have had less than 10 failed burnes (those were mainly due to me multi-tasking during encodeing and burning the disc causeing the system memory to be overloaded but this is uncommon sence it is hard to overload 4 gigs but it can be done).I have also found Teac to be reliable. I've used sony drives before although some of them are poorly desinged, I've never had a sony drive die either but they tend to be extremly picky with discs (of corse sony discs always worked flawlessly). I also like the NEC drives because although they are verry reliable they don't cost much more than Lite-On or other cheap generic drives. The one I have is an 16x DVD +-R/RW DL and currently costs $30 for OEM and $ 36 for retail box at new egg which is only a few dollers more than samsung,Lite-on,or LG.
  5. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    Check your IDE and power cable.


  6. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    Yup, first place I went.

    Pulled the power cable, crimped the female connectors a little,
    was very tight to push on, no change.

    The little light on the front of it doesn't come on, so doesn't
    seem to be getting power. The manual eject button doesn't
    work and it won't suck in a disc when you push in on the tray.

    Also made sure the IDE cable is firmly in place.

    It worked one time, didn't move or do anything with the
    computer, next time when I started up nothing.

    Still looking for recommends for a quality/reliable brand/model
    that has a good reliability rep.

  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    Get a Plextor. You will pay more, but they are awesome. I've had Lite-On, and Sony fail on me in the last 2 years (both dvd burners).
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    now see I gave up on high end plextor's
    my first 1 lasted 4 months
    I have 2 cheap's a cyberhome, it is going bad ,burned about 1500 dvd's
    and a nec 3520A
    burned bout 300 works great not one coaster
    there are only 4 co's that make the innards
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