Re: I have a Pioneer DVR 115

2011-02-16 Thread schaffpa
Thanks Peter. That was my default conclusion, just hoping I'd missed something. 

- Peter 

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From: peterh...@cruzio.com 

 I have a 112D which replaced one that lasted about 6 mos. After 3 or 4 
 years of occasional use, it now won't burn CDs, but handles DVDs just fine 
 and will read CDs and DVDs fine. I've burned at least 50 DVDs since then 
 with zero coasters. I had never had problems with this 100 pack of TDK CDs 
 before then. CD burns failed from both iTunes and Toast and I tried 
 several. I seem to remember the error stating it didn't recognize the 
 media or some such. 

CDs ans DVDs use a different wavelength laser. 

It is possible, even likely, that CD writing has failed, whereas DVD 
reading is still OK. 


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Re: I have a Pioneer DVR 115

2011-02-16 Thread smac0031
If I am not mistaken, this DVR was at one time oem from Apple. If it
is, then I had the same problem. I got mine from OWC. Mine wouldn't
burn CD's but it would read CD's and DVD's. Anyway, I wound up
replacing it. Fortunately, they are cheap.
Mark Murphy

On Feb 13, 7:46 pm, Norm Rowe nrow...@fairpoint.net wrote:
 I have a Pioneer DVR 115 which suddenly will not burn CD or DVD's. I have 
 checked cables and cleaned with a cleaning disk. OS 10.5.8 on a G4 with 2 meg 
 of ram and 1gig sonnet processor. First noticed when burn a play-list from 
 iTunes 10.0.2.
 Norm

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Re: I have a Pioneer DVR 115

2011-02-16 Thread peterhaas

 If I am not mistaken, this DVR was at one time oem from Apple. If it
 is, then I had the same problem. I got mine from OWC. Mine wouldn't
 burn CD's but it would read CD's and DVD's. Anyway, I wound up
 replacing it. Fortunately, they are cheap.

Apple has used a variety of Pioneer drives.

The earliest which offered DVD burning was the dreaded DVR-108.

I believe it was DVD-R, only. Anyway, it could NOT burn a DVD+R, and I
believe it could not read one, either.

Perhaps the later ones were DVD+/-R.

Only the latest were DVD+/-DL.

As usual Apple asks for and get certain OEM features, such as elimination
of the tray front, elimination of the electrical open/close button,
elimination of the manual open hole, etcetera.

Also, sometimes the burners are arbitrarily restricted to lower burning
speeds, as Apple prefers to release drives with lower speeds when they
have only qualified lower-speed media.

The bottom line is DVD drives are a commodity item, and even the likes of
Sony, Pioneer and Panasonic cannot afford to build them in Japan, rather
they have been seeking Lite-On and other Korean and/or China drives to
brand as their own.

If you need an IDE drive, Lite-Ons are very good, and these have an easily
removable tray front, for those installations which require no front.

If you need a SATA drive, Lite-Ons, Samsungs and a few others are quite good.

I have burned perhaps a thousand or more DVDs, including both DVD-5s and
DVD-9s on some of my SATA burners, and so far none have failed.

And all of this from a $20 drive.

Incredible!



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Re: I have a Pioneer DVR 115

2011-02-16 Thread Kris Tilford

On Feb 16, 2011, at 9:07 AM, smac0031 wrote:


If I am not mistaken, this DVR was at one time oem from Apple. If it
is, then I had the same problem. I got mine from OWC. Mine wouldn't
burn CD's but it would read CD's and DVD's. Anyway, I wound up
replacing it. Fortunately, they are cheap.


Perhaps this is a simple mistake? There are TWO Pioneer optical  
drives, one called a DVD-115 which is NOT a recorder, it's simply a  
combo playback drive; and the other called a DVR-115 which IS a  
recorder for both CDs and DVDs. The difference in that one single  
letter, a D or an R makes all the difference.


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Re: I have a Pioneer DVR 115

2011-02-15 Thread peterhaas

 I have a 112D which replaced one that lasted about 6 mos. After 3 or 4
 years of occasional use, it now won't burn CDs, but handles DVDs just fine
 and will read CDs and DVDs fine. I've burned at least 50 DVDs since then
 with zero coasters. I had never had problems with this 100 pack of TDK CDs
 before then. CD burns failed from both iTunes and Toast and I tried
 several. I seem to remember the error stating it didn't recognize the
 media or some such.

CDs ans DVDs use a different wavelength laser.

It is possible, even likely, that CD writing has failed, whereas DVD
reading is still OK.



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Re: I have a Pioneer DVR 115

2011-02-14 Thread Sri Gupta
On Feb 13, 8:57 pm, peterh...@cruzio.com wrote:
  I have a Pioneer DVR 115 which suddenly will not burn
  CD or DVD's. I     have checked cables and cleaned
  with a cleaning disk. OS 10.5.8 on a     G4 with 2
  meg of ram and 1gig sonnet processor. First noticed
  when burn a play-list from iTunes 10.0.2.

 Burners have a finite lifetime.

 Burning at maximum rated speed reduces the lifetime of the semiconductor
 laser.

 Burning at one-half rated speed could increase its lifetime, and probably
 reduces the number of coasters, too.

 But, once you start to get consistently bad burns, the drive is telling
 you that its life is just about over.

 And, once this process starts, you probably will have bad reads, too.

 Lite-On makes a decent IDE burner ... about $22 from NewEgg.

Agreed.  Burners rarely last longer than 5 years if used regularly.  I
can recommend this Samsung model as a drop-in replacement for G4 power
macs.  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151176

-sri

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Re: I have a Pioneer DVR 115

2011-02-14 Thread peterhaas

 Lite-On makes a decent IDE burner ... about $22 from NewEgg.

 Agreed.  Burners rarely last longer than 5 years if used regularly.  I
 can recommend this Samsung model as a drop-in replacement for G4 power
 macs.  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151176

I've had excellent luck with both Samsung and Lite-On.

Many Sonys are actually re-branded Lite-Ons.

My Lite-On hard drive DVD recorder insists on Lite-On (IDE) optical drives.

But just a few of the many Lite-On IDE optical drives will actually work
in that product.

For my Macks and Hacks, I usually buy on price alone, with Lite-On or
Samsung usually getting the nod.

Formerly, I was buying Pioneer almost exclusively, but Pioneer has ceased
to be price- and performance-competitive.

As usual, YMMV.


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Re: I have a Pioneer DVR 115

2011-02-14 Thread Tina K.

On 2011/02/14 13:03, peterh...@cruzio.com so eloquently wrote:

Formerly, I was buying Pioneer almost exclusively, but Pioneer has ceased
to be price- and performance-competitive.


There was a time when Pioneer made the very best optical media players 
and burners but that time seems to have passed. My next ODD will 
probably be Samsung, what it won't be is Pioneer.


Everything changes.

Tina

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Re: I have a Pioneer DVR 115

2011-02-14 Thread John Carmonne

On Feb 14, 2011, at 1:41 PM, Tina K. wrote:

 
 There was a time when Pioneer made the very best optical media players and 
 burners but that time seems to have passed. My next ODD will probably be 
 Samsung, what it won't be is Pioneer.
 
 Everything changes.
 
 Tina
 
Beware of the Samsung LightScribe models I bought two from OWC with LightScribe 
and both produced too many coasters and poor LightScribe performance, so they 
replaced them with Pioneer 118L. Since then bought a LiteOn with LightScribe 
and it works very good burning and labeling. IMHO Pioneer is the best, I own 9 
of them but if you need LightScribe then LiteOn is the choice.



John Carmonne
Yorba Linda CA
92886 USA
Sent from my MBP





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I have a Pioneer DVR 115

2011-02-13 Thread Norm Rowe


  
  
I have a Pioneer DVR 115 which suddenly will not burn CD or DVD's. I
have checked cables and cleaned with a cleaning disk. OS 10.5.8 on a
G4 with 2 meg of ram and 1gig sonnet processor. First noticed when
burn a play-list from iTunes 10.0.2.
Norm

  




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Re: I have a Pioneer DVR 115

2011-02-13 Thread peterhaas

 I have a Pioneer DVR 115 which suddenly will not burn
 CD or DVD's. I have checked cables and cleaned
 with a cleaning disk. OS 10.5.8 on a G4 with 2
 meg of ram and 1gig sonnet processor. First noticed
 when burn a play-list from iTunes 10.0.2.

Burners have a finite lifetime.

Burning at maximum rated speed reduces the lifetime of the semiconductor
laser.

Burning at one-half rated speed could increase its lifetime, and probably
reduces the number of coasters, too.

But, once you start to get consistently bad burns, the drive is telling
you that its life is just about over.

And, once this process starts, you probably will have bad reads, too.

Lite-On makes a decent IDE burner ... about $22 from NewEgg.



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Re: I have a Pioneer DVR 115

2011-02-13 Thread Dan

At 7:46 PM -0500 2/13/2011, Norm Rowe wrote:
I have a Pioneer DVR 115 which suddenly will not burn CD or DVD's. I 
have checked cables and cleaned with a cleaning disk. OS 10.5.8 on a 
G4 with 2 meg of ram and 1gig sonnet processor. First noticed when 
burn a play-list from iTunes 10.0.2.


Error messages?
Anything thrown into the system log?
Does System Profiler see the burner and say what type of burning it will do?

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