(Creating thread titles is a fun business!)
I’ve got several questions and frustrations. When I first got this I/OMagic 8x “Dual Format” drive, it was my first DVD burner, and it was the cheapest thing I could afford at CompUSA.
Right out of the box it had problems. It wouldn’t remember my region setting, and every time I set it to Region 1, it counted down a tick. Finally, when I reached “1”, I emailed I/OMagic and asked them why their firmware update was telling me “Not support for this device”.
Finally, I got it updated from 140I to 150I, which solved the region problem. It, however, did not solve my coaster problem. No matter what computer I put it in, any power supply, any setup, it always produces coasters above 2x or 2.4x (for -R or +R media).
I have the very sure feeling that this behavior is caused by a screwed-up write-method-cache, if this drive has one, because on a new 16x Memorex drive I sold (Lite-On type), it had the same problem but burned PERFECTLY after an EEPROM media cache erasure.
However, my major problem is that I don’t know what this drive is! Obviously I/OMagic isn’t a DVD drive production company themselves, just a distributor. So how do I figure out what kind of “base model” this drive is?
Here’s the thing: Its drive identification string is, and always has been - get this - “GENERIC DVD RW 8XMax”. There is absolutely no hint at any kind of model (I/OMagic calls it “Internal 8X DVDÂ±RW/Â±R Dual Format Drive”, no model number), or brand.
Can anyone tell me what the heck is going on? And how can I squeeze 4x +R and 8x -R burns out of this darn thing (or vice versa but it only permits 4x burning on my new 16x spindle of +R media…)?