This site and its forums have been a great source of info so far, but I've tried all the obvious stuff and nothing is working, so I turn to you experts for help...
I've had an LDW-411S DVD+/-R/W burner for several months now. It was in my wife's machine and made many perfectly acceptable burns, and then things started to go wrong. I moved it to my machine and have experienced the very same problems, and I'm fairly convinced it has something to do with the drive itself.
The specific problem is bad burns with any and all versions of Nero. Every so often, a burn will fail either at the beginning or middle of the process, but recently and the vast majority of instances, the burn has failed at the very end. Here's a sample burn log from Nero, and the drive info from Nero InfoTool.
I've tried a variety of media with the burner, all with the same results. The most recent ones are Taiyo Yuden DVD-R discs that I bought from this place. Here's the media info as reported by DVD Identifier. I bought these discs with the understanding that they are very high quality.
I ran some diagnostics, but I'm not 100% sure that I'm using the right settings. Here's the log and graph results from a BLER scan.
The strange thing is, the data on these bad burns is usually salvageable using ISObuster. But it's not recognized as a valid disc by Windows (or anything other than ISOBuster for that matter).
Please let me know if you need more information to properly assess the problem. I've gone through dozens of bad burns and am really at my wit's end.
If the burner is simply "going kaput", I have some questions: Why? Is it common for burners to do this after less than a year of not-too-strenuous operation? Is reliability a problem with my particular model? If so, is there a model that's more reliable? I'm fairly annoyed with the thing so far.