late last year i put together an HTPC and bought an NEC 2510A (maddog brand) to use as a burner/reader. i’ve used TDKG02, ritek G04 and most recently verbatim (but i dont have the media code handy).
just the other day i finally booted my desktop (linux) machine into windows (which has a NEC 3520A fw 3.05) and started looking at the quality of the scans with cd/dvd speed. everything burned on the 2510A looks horrible… PI errors in the 1000s and PI failures in the 600s! its a minor miracle that these discs are readable at all.
as an aside, everything i’ve ever burned with my macs (varying pioneer drives) look absolutely pristine, even discs burned 4 years ago. of course they were burned at 1x or 2x and at the time there were not any off-brand media…
i upgraded my 2510A firmware to 2F9 but same result.
is this a defective drive? how sensitive to heat and magnetic fields is the 2510A? i have a hard disk sitting on top of the drive (with standoffs) and a very small fan sitting on the drive to cool the hard disk. could this be the problem? i am going to try moving the hard disk and the fan, but its a big hassle since its my home theater machine. it is kind of dusty in the machine, but it seems to have no problem reading dvds so i dont think the problem is dust on the lens.