Saturday, March 6, 2004

DVD drive - power calibration fault

I seem to be getting power calibration errors with my Pioneer 106 at the moment. I'm using the same media I've been using all along and have tried other discs in the pack but the error still occurs. I've also tried burning at lower speeds although this did seem to work. Either the drive is going faulty or the lens needs a clean. I've also rebooted and that did not help.

I'm going to get a cleaning kit and if that does not solve it - I'll get a replacement, probably the new Pioneer 107.

I've not tested it with CD's yet, since getting the error I've only been burning DVD's. I hope it is not dying, I can't be bothered with having to ship it off and get a replacement. The drive before this went funny as well after no time at all which was annoying.

It always seems to be the devices with moving parts that usually fail!

Post ID: 298, posted by jase at 08:04 PM
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Hmm. Just out of curiosity... It is plugged into an external USB enclosure? I was getting a similar error through Nero when I had mine plugged into a USB enclosure. I moved it to a F/W one and haven't encountered it again since...

Posted by: MichaelE at March 8, 2004 10:29 AM

Hi,

Nope, not got it connected via one of those. It has been working for near a year, it looks like the drive is on the way out.

I'm going to try the cleaning kit and if that does nbot fix it get a replacement as it is under warrenty.

It would be the PSU, but I've not seen any other problems so it's more likely the drive. Pioneer are a good brand so I'm suprised that it's on the way out, if it is!

Posted by: Jase at March 8, 2004 03:14 PM

Me too had a 107 for 4 weeks and am getting those calibration error thingys. Am using Mirror 4x DVD minors. I haven't tried any other brand yet.

Posted by: John Aitken at March 25, 2004 10:13 PM

Well, 6 coasters later and found this page, 3 month old Asus DVD0402P, oddly this error occured before when unit was first purchased but then dissapeared...only to reappear now after machine P4 upgrade....

Posted by: Colin at May 3, 2004 03:52 AM

Hey,

Check the PSU in your machines, and make sure there are not too many devices connected as I have found this can cause the power calibration errors.

Mine seems to do it sometimes, but not others. Even so, it takes a few times of spinning up and then back down to finally spin up and start burning so I think it could be an actual problem with the drive in my case.

I'm probably going to get it replaced.

Posted by: jase at May 5, 2004 12:16 AM

I've had this problem on my 107, and found a post elsewhere that said it was a known firmware problem with 1.09 and that it was 'cured' with the firmware upgrade to 1.12. I searched google for 'pioneer 107 1.12 firmware' and found a site with a link to it. 2 mins installed it and have had no coasters since. Previously i was losing 2/10 DVDS. I hope this helps.

Paul

Posted by: Paul Gilchrist at June 1, 2004 11:57 AM

I've had this problem on my 107, and found a post elsewhere that said it was a known firmware problem with 1.09 and that it was 'cured' with the firmware upgrade to 1.12. I searched google for 'pioneer 107 1.12 firmware' and found a site with a link to it. 2 mins installed it and have had no coasters since. Previously i was losing 2/10 DVDS. I hope this helps.

Paul

Posted by: Paul Gilchrist at June 1, 2004 11:57 AM
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