Is the 3540 known to "dislike" Ritek media?
Just got a new 3540 and put it into an external USB 2.0 box. I have some G04 and G05 DVD-Rs (nothing better at the moment) and I've been testing the drive a little. The performance has been spotty with this media, some failed burns and simulations, even at rated speed. With L&D's firmware the G05 failed at 12x in simulation, and even at 8x in a real burn. With the stock 1.01 fw a G05 set to 8x speed started a 4x (normal, I know), went to 6x for a short time and at around the halfway point went back to 4x for the rest of the burn, which was sucessfully concluded.
I'm trying to determine if the drive is defective or not. I read that the 3540 usually is supposed to work well even with less-than-top-notch media.
At first, the drive wouldn't burn ANY Video DVDs with Nero, but that changed when I deinstalled CloneCD, so it seemed to be a software conflict.
But this drive is not performing well for now...I might return it. I don't think its a problem with the external case, CDs and DVD-RWs burn fine.
I thought long and hard and ended up choosing this drive over a Benq 1640. I'm wondering if I made the right choice....