My exercise in futility with the D1 and 16P9S ended up costing me the $4 shipping from NewEgg. When I called them regarding the 16P9S (I had read that this drive does NOT have the 512kb buffer that Lite-On claims, but only 256kb -I forget where I read this but there is talk on the internet about it.), I mentioned I was having problems with it skipping and the talk about the buffer specifications being wrong. NewEgg immediately offered to either refund my money and send the drive back or give me a $20 credit good on my next purchase and I could keep the drive. I opted for the latter so this little fiasco with the Lite-On 16P9S drive only cost me the shipping charge from NewEgg, I think $4.
I'm not sure what my next course of action will be. Since putting back in the FUSS loader, I've watched Godfather 1 and 2 and last night, Ice Age with the kids, without one single glitch. What's the point then? The drive is flaky when it comes to loading DVD's and sometimes after being paused for extended periods of time, but once you get the DVD to load, you are good to go. Layer changes have been quick and sure.
It seems on the extended pausing issue, that after you un-pause the video is frozen for a few seconds while the DVD continues to play, and then it will 'snap' back into sync. It IS annoying and I wish it wouldn't do this but for generaly pausing, it isn't an issue, only when you pause for an extended period.
I might try to find the 176T, or is it 167T, or I might just live with it. One thing I feel good about is that I re-did the cap mod. The last time was my very first time at soldering and I was never 100% sure I did a great job at it. This time, I cleaned the old solder off really good and placed a bunch of silicone down underneath and surrounding the replacement cap. My solder job underneath was much cleaner this time. That cap is like a rock now. Even that and the fact I sat the 16P9S on top of the FUSS loader on a soft cloth folded over many times was not enough to get the 16P9S to perform without problems, weird.
Thanks all for the help and good luck. If anybody has any advice for what to do next, let me know.
Originally Posted by homer1963
Maybe you just have a bad drive? Any chance you could return it for a new one? You guys have me very gun-shy about replacing my fuss. I bought a 16P9S at Wally World the other day but I have not had the time to change it. I have had very little trouble with the fuss so far (ie pops when manually changing chapters open and close the door once in a while otherwise it has been fine) but my Sony DVD does that on occasion. I sure hope it is just a bad unit and the next one might take care of the issue.
Good luck Bub