[qanda]This thread is about the BenQ DW1655. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]I’ve had my DW1655 for 3 or 4 years now and have burned probably 400 CD-R’s and DVD±R’s with it. Suddenly, my verifications have started failing. I can still read every file I look at on the disk, but my trials are not exhaustive (we’re talking thousands of photos or songs).
I use Taiyo Yuden media exclusively, purchased from either Supermediastore or Rima. At first, I thought that my media was starting to get old (bottom of the cakebox), but then I tried some 1-month-old TY’s and I have the same problem. I’ve never burned any of my CD’s or DVD’s at maximum speed… I always back off by one or two speeds. In this case, I was using 48x disks and tried burning one at 20x and another at 16x, both are readable, but failed verification.
What’s bugging me even more is that because I needed to burn some CD-R’s in a hurry, I shared the files I was going to burn on my network, fired up my 18-month-old Gateway laptop, copied the files to the laptop HD, and tried to burn the CD-R’s on the laptop. I again got repeated verification failures. I couldn’t have burned more than 100 CD’s and DVD’s in the last 18 months with that laptop. The laptop has a Philips burner. Replacing that will be VERY expensive, I’ll bet!
So, my questions:
4 years and 400 CD’s/DVD’s… is that a reasonable life for a Benq burner?
If not, what should I do? I’ve tried using a lenscleaner CD (this is the very first time I’ve cleaned any of my burners… I really take care of my disks and they barely have even dust on them, so the burners should be pretty clean).
Can you tell from doing an analysis of the disk whether the problem is in the drive or the media? Tell me what to run and I’ll post the result. I used to know how to do the analysis using the Nero StartSmart menu, but I’ve forgotten… it’s been so long, so you’ll have to walk me through it. I still have the error.txt from the last two failed verifications. I can post one or both of these. I use Nero 6 Ultra Edition (188.8.131.52) for burning on both the laptop and desktop.
Is there any standardization in laptop burners? Am I stuck buying a replacement from Gateway and probably paying hundreds of dollars, or can I buy a replacement elsewhere?
If I do need a new burner for my desktop, I can look in any one of the many “what’s the best burner” post. Which is the best “what’s the best burner” post?