Lightscribe DVD player stopped writing DVD but can read?

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  1. usermydigitallyfe

    usermydigitallyfe MDL Member

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    Help!

    I have Lightscribe DVD player which has stopped writing DVD's but can read Already written DVD's.

    So please help in restoring writing capability of the Lightscribe DVD player,

    I mean how can do it ? Is there a head part inside which I can clean ? Is there a any other error which is causing this problem ? I am using SONY DVD 's for writing some stuff.

    Or I have to replace it with new one ?

    If i have buy new one then which DVD player shall I buy ?
     
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  2. taviruni

    taviruni MDL Senior Member

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    Those devices have 2 laser heads, one for reading and another for writing, try to clean both heads with isopropyl alcohol, let it dry and test again, if this don't work buy a new one, they are very cheap this days, about wich to buy it depends of your budget and what are you going to find on local stores, I suggest to by Samsung (my prefered), usually many other brands do not make the devices themselves and only put their names on them as Sony and LG do.

    But let me tell you something, in very short time you will not find DVD discs anymore, they tend to dissapear from stores (as happened to vhs tape cartridges some time ago), because almost nobody buy them this days.

    So I better suggest you to start thinking in other type of media to store your Info, music or movies as USB sticks of big size. Or an external USB hard disk.
     
  3. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    ODD's used to be really cheap... like $12. to $15. but today they are going for $20. and up. Probably because people no longer use them anymore. Most software today is either downloaded or on a usb.
     
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  4. usermydigitallyfe

    usermydigitallyfe MDL Member

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    Ok will try cleaning both heads...with isopropyl alcohol.
     
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  5. usermydigitallyfe

    usermydigitallyfe MDL Member

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    yes....... used to be really cheap... but lets try to repair and if incase it doesn't get going then I have to think of buying.
     
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  6. usermydigitallyfe

    usermydigitallyfe MDL Member

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    Is there a DVD cleaner Software Disk available which can clean dirty parts of DVD Player ? I mean to can it cleaned without opening the DVD player case ....
     
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  7. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    #7 Joe C, Oct 31, 2019
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  8. rayleigh_otter

    rayleigh_otter MDL Expert

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    Sony optical drives used to be good but then they went to Optiarc(NEC/Sony) and became crap. Ive had mixed results with Samsung LG and Liteon drives, some last a long time, others die within weeks or months, havnt tried Pioneer yet.
     
  9. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    One time quite a long time ago I got an Optiarc drive and it was DOA right out of the box, I never bought another one since. The Lite On drives are good for a while but the doors do not want to open when they get old. I currently have an LG drive in my pc and so far I have no problem with it.
     
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  10. rayleigh_otter

    rayleigh_otter MDL Expert

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    Same as mine, dead. My first optical drive was a Sony Retail with Nero 5.5, beige, it felt like a sony, drawer was silent and smooth, didnt snap open and shut.
     
  11. WindowsGeek

    WindowsGeek MDL Addicted

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    The odds are not on your side try cleaning it but must likely is time to go find another player.
     
  12. usermydigitallyfe

    usermydigitallyfe MDL Member

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    ha..ha.. you are right...it is time to go find another player:oops:
     
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  13. usermydigitallyfe

    usermydigitallyfe MDL Member

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    Sony products are always beautifully silent and smooth
     
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  14. usermydigitallyfe

    usermydigitallyfe MDL Member

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    I suppose LG drive will be better than Samsung drive
     
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  15. rayleigh_otter

    rayleigh_otter MDL Expert

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    It felt as good as sony hifi quality :)
    With your current knackered drive do a read test, create 2 iso's from a single disc, compare file hashes, if they match then keep that drive as a read only backup, it may get you out of the s**t one day ;)
     
  16. usermydigitallyfe

    usermydigitallyfe MDL Member

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  17. rayleigh_otter

    rayleigh_otter MDL Expert

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    Much of a muchness really, one will be Hitachi, the other Toshiba. I had both, not much of a difference to be honest.
     
  18. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    My first cd burner was LiteON, over 350 dutch guilders, 250 dollar at the time.
    Lens cleaning software? How would that work:thinking:
     
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  19. rayleigh_otter

    rayleigh_otter MDL Expert

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    seeing as the heads dont touch the discs, i smell snake oil, bit like all those audio cd sprays that enhance the sound. :dunno: :beee:
     
  20. PointZero

    PointZero MDL Member

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    That lens cleaning kit that Joe C posted (and others) has an area on the disc with a little brush attached. You insert the disc and as it spins, it brushes off the laser lens head.

    That one that was posted is expensive. They're available on eBay for around $5. I have one and it does help, but not if the laser head is out of alignment.

    Joe C: That drive you posted isn't Lightscribe capable. Those type are a little more expensive since they burn images/text directly on special Lightscribe compatible discs.

    usermydigitallyfe: Software alone will not clean it; you need a cleaning disc and they're available cheap on eBay (and other places).