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Old 05-09-06, 07:52 AM
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New burner will not read many old DVD-Rs.

I just replaced my old dead burner, a Lite-On LDW-811S, With a new Lite-On SHW-160P6S. The new Lite-On performs remarkably well: dual-layer, burns reliably at 16x, etc, but it will not read many of the DVD-Rs burnt with the old Lite-On, particularly Verbatim media. The new burner tries to read these disks for ten or fifteen seconds, gives up and flashes its activity light three times in succession for three iterations. Any attempt to mount the disks results in "No Medium Found", and equivalent Windows error messages.

I have a lot of data backed up on these disks that my new burner doesn't like. Are there any tricks I can try to get my new burner to read them, even just once so I can make ISOs and archive the data again? Any feedback is appreciated. Thank you.
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Firmware upgrade?
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Originally Posted by Gasspasser
Firmware upgrade?

I considered that, but I'm leery about a firmware upgrade for a burner that is otherwise performing flawlessly. I may just have to try it, I guess.
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But it can read any other DVD's burned with other media? Only the verbatims don't work?
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Originally Posted by General Zod
But it can read any other DVD's burned with other media? Only the verbatims don't work?

Yup. I've tried just about everything else I own, it 's evidently just the Verbatims. They weren't too deadly to start with; I recall that they had a coaster-rate of about 25%, and even the successfully burnt ones made the old Lite-On change speeds up and down dramatically when it tried to read them, or churn along excruciatingly slowly.

Also, my firmware is current (PS09) now, with no change in behavior.

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