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Got a mail from plextor the other day stating that my drive could not be fixed somehow, that they couldn’t disclose the offset for the 820 drive and claiming that it did not matter if it was original plextor design or a rebrand is both had their unique firmware. This leaves me at having no idea at all what drive to buy. I’m considering trying to find an old plextor drive on ebay as I only need the CD reading capability really.

Otherwise, suggestions are welcome from my few readers…


I have to admit defeat, my PX-708A have won over me and I no longer have any ideas about what to do. Today I opened the drive, took it apart and looked everywhere on the circuit board for a calibration screw but was unable to find one. I detached all connectors and cleaned them, used canned air to blow away all the dust and finally cleaned the lens with 95% alcohol solution. The behavior after this treatment is identical to the behavior before, so nothing gain, but I didn’t fuck it up either at least.

Next step is to decide what new drive to buy, unless I steal my old 24x CD plextor (can’t recall the model number) from my parents computer. I know it does an excellent job of reading CDs. I mailed plextor about the read offset and over read capabilities of their latest PX-820SA drive. I was amazed of the low price of DVD burners, I expected them to cost a least a little bit more, that plextor I’ll pay 40 € for here, I expected something in the range of 50-70 €. But it goes for pretty much all common hardware, newest models are way cheaper these days than they were 5 years ago.

I never got around to the wordpress update, but got to have something to do tomorrow as well eh ? ;)