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    Do DVD/CD burners wear out?

    I have a Plextor 708A DVD/CD burner that has given me years and hundreds [a thousand?] of disks worth of recording and play-back pleasure. But at one time, when the unit was new, it would burn CDs at 40x. Now, I am lucky if it burns at 24x. Meanwhile, I can still burn DVDs at 8x.

    I use only TDK, Maxell or other Plextor-suggested disks.

    I clean dust out of the unit on an irregular basis but still do it at least 3X/year and this has made no difference.

    Does the ability of a CD burner to burn at fast speeds diminish over time and use?

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    Re: Do DVD/CD burners wear out?

    Hi Peter

    Just ideas here:

    1) Have you installed new software recently?
    2) Are there any memory hungry applications running?
    3) Can you think of any time when it happened and you were running other applications? and when they were not running was it OK?

    DVD/CD devices are pretty good items of hardware but they are like any machine with motors and gears likely to fail, I am more inclined to say it is a software issue...now the problem is to identify what!
    Jerry

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    Re: Do DVD/CD burners wear out?

    Peter,
    As Jerry said, any electro-mechanical device can and probably will wear out after what you describe as rather heavy use.
    Cleaning out the dust has become an over rated method of maintenance procedure, except in cases like system fans or case vents, to name two.

    After checking things that Jerry suggested, if still no joy, then I think it's time for a replacement.
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    Re: Do DVD/CD burners wear out?

    In my limited experience, optical drives work quite well until they suddenly don't work at all. Are you saying that you burn coasters at 40X and have to set your software to 24X to get a good disc? That might be the quality of the media. Also, there are "lens cleaner" products for CD drives, but I have no idea whether they can/should be used in your drive (as opposed to an audio CD player). <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Do DVD/CD burners wear out?

    There are several links at plextor 708a slow burn - Google Search which discuss slow burn speeds.

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