hello 46AERONCA, welcome to CDRLabs
i suggest you try installing the drive in another computer and see if it works fine there.
does the drive work after a clean install but before
you install any other software ? (trying to rule out a possible software or driver problem, although i think that's unlikely).
the drive skips during playback - using what software ? did you try another software for playing.
if all fails, it might indeed be that your drive is dying.
LG and BenQ make their own drives, so if you buy one of those it's definitely not a Lite-On.
though to be hones, i think Lite-On CDRW drives are the better ones. if i were to buy a new one i'd buy a Lite-On.
too bad your LTR-48246S is giving you problems, it's one of the best CDRW drives.
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