Has my DVD burner kicked the bucket?

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  1. sj23

    sj23 Active Member

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    I have a 10 month old NEC ND-3550A (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827152058) that doesn't want to read discs anymore. The drive is recognized by Windows XP and says the device is working properly.

    When I insert a disc it'll spin it a few times, make a slight clicking noise, and spin it a few more times and then the green light will turn off. I then try to access the disc through My Computer and it gives the "Please insert disc into drive D:" message. Windows Event Viewer gives an Event ID 7 "The device, \Device\CdRom0, has a bad block."

    I've put the same disc in my E: which is a DVD-ROM and it reads them just fine. Already gone through the process of uninstalling the burners drivers and the secondary IDE channel drivers from Device Manager as well.

    I've noticed quite a few others have had theirs die after 5+ months on the newegg product comments and am wondering if I might have to RMA it as well. I haven't had a problem with any burner since the days of 4X CD burners.:noes:
     
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    kronik85 New Member

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    toss drive in another computer, if it does the same thing, RMA it. imo.
     
  3. sj23

    sj23 Active Member

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    Only other PC I have is an ancient HP 500 P3 with hardware issues of its own. :o
     
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    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Does it do this with premade discs or just with blank discs?
     
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    Blank discs, burned discs, premade discs. CDs & DVDs. Forgot to mention that after taking out a disc and closing the tray with nothing on it it does the same thing of spinning, clicking, spinning some more and then the light turning off.

    Didn't even make it to the end of a 25 pack of DVDs. :wtc: What other brands of burners are good? Samsung? Lite-On? Sony?
     
  7. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Yes, it's dead.

    Sony is Lite-On, so take your pick. I like Sony's faceplates better. Plextor is good too.
     
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    mine is a Samsung DVD-RAM w/Lightscribe. was highly recommended when I got it several months back.
     
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    Thanks for the responses. Just wanted to see if it could've possibly been a software conflict. Will look into other options this weekend.
     
  10. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I really think you can't go wrong with Samsung.

    Great company.
     
  11. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    There's a small chance it could be a cable, or maybe even a psu that's bugging out.

    If you have another cable, swap the cable out and also use a different 4 pin connector from your power supply.
     
  12. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    damn, i have that same drive, oem too. it's about a year old and i've burnt about 100 dvds on it...i don't have any issues yet, hopefully won't

    i guess i got my moneys worth so far :dunno:
     
  13. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Nothing's perfect, not even mass-production.
     
  14. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Like deus says, nothing is perfect.

    But those NEC's were right up there with the Plextors.
     

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