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LG GCE-8240B,drive faulty?

Postby pranav81 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 1:20 am

Dear all,
Hi there.I have a LG GCE-8240B CD-Recorder.It is 13 months old and out of warranty now.The drive is with firmware 1.07.Now whenever I try burning a CD I get tarck following error on any media that I use.The writer just writes TOC or Lean In and then gives error saying "Track following error".I tried using Roxio,Nero and CloneCD all latest versions.I used 5 different media like Mitsui,Moser Baer India,Princo,MM&M and last a Mitsubishi HS CD-RW media.
Will upgrading the firmware to 1.08 solve my problem?
Waiting for some fast and helpful posts,
Thanks in advance,



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Postby TheWizard on Mon Jun 30, 2003 1:26 am

You tried basic stuff like doing a cold reboot, yes?

Does the drive still read CD's? All different kinds?
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Postby pranav81 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 1:46 am

Yes.I tried restarting and then cold booted the system without any effects.
I think there is problem with the writer.I am now downloading firmware 1.08 and then will try flashing it using a Windows ME bootable diskette.
Yes th drive still reads and erases the CD's without any problems.
Waiting....


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Postby Inertia on Mon Jun 30, 2003 2:13 am

A hot humid climate might put greater stress on the drive optics. Atmospheric contaminants may also have contributed to the problem.

"Track following error" is usually a media problem, but if all good quality media return this error I would try cleaning the drive as a last resort. Sometimes cleaning the drive will allow the laser and/or moving parts to return to normal function, restoring useful operation to a malfunctioning drive.

For generic cleaning instructions see How to Clean Your CD-RW : a step-by-step guide with pictures!

and Simple Recorder Maintenance - Lens Cleaning and Lubrication.
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Postby pranav81 on Mon Jun 30, 2003 2:20 am

Dear Inertia,
Thanks for the links.I will try those when I get home.Will flashing the firmware to 1.08 help in any way?
Thanks in advance,


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Postby Inertia on Mon Jun 30, 2003 2:29 am

You're welcome, pranav.

pranav81 wrote:Will flashing the firmware to 1.08 help in any way?


I would always try flashing first before going to a "last resort" mode. Frankly though, I doubt that flashing will fix the problem. Flashing usually makes minor performance or media compatibility improvements for burners, but does nothing for malfunctions causing a loss of normal operation. Nevertheless, it's worth a try. :)
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Postby TheWizard on Mon Jun 30, 2003 2:31 am

Flashing the firmware couldn't hurt...unless you do it wrong. :)
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Postby pranav81 on Tue Jul 08, 2003 3:02 am

Dear all,
sorry for long diaspperance.But the good news is that I changed the IDE cable and flashed the firmware to 1.08,then the writer started writing the disks again.I have as far burned about 12 disks without any problem.But I dont know why,I am having a gut feeling that the writer still has problem.
But I wont buy a new one until this dies on me.
Anyways thanks a lot for the help.
See ya later,


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