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Plextor PX-716A will not read discs

My drive seems to only work when it has a disc in it on startup. Otherwise, it almost always fails to read any disc. I had recently upgraded the firmware and am suspicious that it is the culprit. I get a green LED blink eight times when discs aren't recognized and from what I read on Plextor's site it was the result of a bad spindle? How could it work at all then and why only on startup?

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Re: Plextor PX-716A will not read discs

The problem could be in he media player settings, check them and change as required. its pretty self explainatory.

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