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Topic # 84353 29-May-2011 10:26
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I bought a blu-ray writer from PBTech about 3 years ago.

It reads OK, but will not write to either blu-ray or DVD's. I haven't really written many discs using the drive, maybe about 20 or 30 in total. 

What could be the problem?

Just wondering if I should as PBtech to fix this under the CGA. What would be the life expectancy of a blu-ray writer? 

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  Reply # 475348 29-May-2011 10:46
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3 years is good life expectency.

Do whatever you want to do man.


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  Reply # 475360 29-May-2011 11:08
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I doubt you'd have a case under the CGA, but hey, if you single out a super friendly salesperson you might get lucky ;)

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  Reply # 475386 29-May-2011 12:01
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Cigarette smoke or dust on the lens can cause optical drive failure. What's the environment around your PC like?

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  Reply # 475548 29-May-2011 19:38
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Bung: Cigarette smoke or dust on the lens can cause optical drive failure. What's the environment around your PC like?

No cigarette, and just in a bedroom so normal house dust.

Maybe I'll just use it as a reader only, people seem to think 3 years is a reasonable lifespan (actually, it stopped working a year ago but only needed to write a disc today). 


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  Reply # 475555 29-May-2011 19:49
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When I was burning a lot of DVDs I would treat the drives as disposable. Buy 4-500 blanks and a writer and it seemed to be that both 'ran out' at the same time- symptoms were no longer working at top speed and needing to be slowed down to get a verifiable burn, or else just refusing to burn altogether. In all cases reading still worked ok.

But 20-30 - hell no, that's just crap. I would be trying to get some resolution on it.


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