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 â‚¬ for here, I expected something in the range of 50-70 â‚¬. 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 ? ;)