I have a Pioneer DVR-S706 ext USB+FW DVD burner, and I want to replace the 3-yr old 8x Pioneer drive mechanism in the housing with a Samsung SH-S182M 18x dual-layer, lightscribe internal drive. Would this work with Mac OS X, that is, will the Samsung drive and lightscribe features show up properly in System Profiler and Toast 8? Thanks!
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Pioneer has released Firmware for the DVR-107D DVD Writer and DVR-A07XLA & XLB DVD Writer. This release # is 1.18. http://www.pioneeraus.com.au/computer/firmware.html (a ZIP file download, but uncompresses to an .EXE, as does theflashman.rpc1.org site download. I can't uncompress the EXEs with Stuffit (standard) Expander v7.0x here, but Scott said he used version 8.0.2 ) Looks like we are getting closer to Dual Layer Support: (although some have flashed NEC ND-2500A drives to DL 2510 model firmware, I doubt that Pioneer will release an official firmware update for the 107D to add dual-layer burning. Like other mfrs, I suspect they'll sell a new drive model with DL burning support.)
When this happen the problem is usually the CD drive, even if a virus can cause same problem. To test if the problem is software, go to bios or boot options, set primary bot device CD/DVD, and start the computer with a boot disk inside.When asked chose boot from CD.
If the computer does not see the dvd drive, and does not ask you if to boot from CD on this conditions, then you have a faulty DVD RW drive.
Try first removing the DVD drive and refitting it in place, after removing battery and unplugging the AC adapter cord.
If that does not work, you usually need to replace the driver, even if on rare circumstances a faulty motherboard can cause the same. That is however quite unusual.
Normally no drivers are needed for CD drives other than the ones built into Windows. It might be a dirty lens that is causing the trouble. When the tray opens on a laptop CD drive the lens is exposed and can get touched or exposed to dirt. Try gently cleaning it with a cotton swab to brush off the lens. If the problem continues, the laser may have worn out and is too weak to read now. You can find replacement drives online, or use a USB plug-in external drive.
The issue occurs only under limited environmental and use conditions that are not typical for most end users, so Pioneer anticipates that most users will not be affected. If you are not experiencing any issues currently, there is no need to take immediate action.The service issue does not pose any health or safety risk. Pioneer is aware of a potential issue with the above drives’ CD (not DVD) read/write capability. Under certain environmental and heavy use conditions, the above drives may become unable to read or write to CDs. To address this issue, for any of the above model drives that become unable to read and/or write to CDs, Pioneer will provide a replacement unit (which may be a newer model number) at no extra charge, shipping prepaid, subject to the terms and conditions of Pioneer’s standard limited warranty(excluding duration). Again, we anticipate that most drives will not be affected. However, if your DVR-1810, DVR-2810, DVR-X122, DVR-112D, DVR-112DBK, or DVR-112DSV drive becomes unable to read or write to CDs, please contact Pioneer Customer Service by one of the following methods: Complete an online replacement request form and submit it online. Once your model and serial number are validated, you will print out the completed form to mail along with the affected drive. This online form is for United States customers only. For Canadian residents, please contact Pioneer Electronics of Canada customer service directly at 877-283-5901.
my sugestion is not to burn at 16x but to burn at 8x and use another burning software that allowsx you to burn at 8x speed as I've found I get alot of errors at max burn on my burner.
so I dropped the burnner speed and have not had any problems with burning.
hope this helps