Pioneer DVR-215 CDR read problem

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I have a Pioneer DVD DVR-215 burner.
The problem is it reads dvd perfectly, but does not read dc's at all.
I have tried several different mediums, such as audio cd's, blank cdr's,
full cdr's, all the same result.
The drive is spinning the disc, and the head can be heard trying to read the
index, it will try several times before stopping and windows stating that
there is no disc  in drive.
I have flashed it to the latest bios, 1.22, no joy with that either.

Tec specs:
Windows 7
SATA connection, using Sata 1 cable into a sata 1 slot
Drive is 1 year old

Any ideas on what it is? or time for a new drive?

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