Thanks for your reply.
What update utility do you refer to, and what burning software do you use along with your burner?
Since my last post I have discovered that even when disabling AnyDvd while burning an iso with CloneDvd2 and this AOpen drive, I occasionally get write error messages. (not as often as when AnyDvd is running) I can burn iso images created with CloneDvd2 with this drive, using Nero Recode, or Express with reliable results with AnyDvd running or off, makes no difference.
For some reason when I try to burn with this drive using CloneDvd2, at the beginning of the write process, under the progress bar it states "setting up.......erasing". This is displayed for up 15-20 seconds before it states "writing". This is not the case when I use my TDK DVDRW840G. It just begins with "writing", and the burns begin and have been very reliable.
My thoughts at this point are headed toward the writing speed control, named JustSpeed, that is incorporated into the Aopen 1608 and 1616 drive. (through firmware I believe) as being the problem. According to the Aopen manual, JustSpeed reads the atip information on the disk, writes a trial to the opc area, before beginning its burn. I think this trial write may interfere with Clone's programming. (maybe because I have erase temp files after burning, checked?, haven't tried that avenue yet.) JustSpeed can be disabled within Nero Express, but doing so doesn't have an effect on my problem, when I attempt to burn with Clone.
I love the simplicity of Clone for preserving menu's without all the blue screens and such that results with Recode. At this point
I seem to be destined to burn an iso with Clone, then do my burn with Nero, if I want to use this drive for burning.
A bit off topic, but have you seen the thread that bjkg pointed to above? The 1616 flash seems to be pretty sweet. (same hardware with 1608 and 1616, so firmware upgrades the 1608 to burn -r at 16x and dl at 4x.) I have done this flash hoping that it would help with my Clone problem. It didn't , but it sure didn't hurt either. I just bought some 16x -r media to try, and I will get back with you with the results.
Thanks for replying,