I just bought this 100-spindle of TY silver printable 52x CD-R’s from AllMediaOutlet, whom I’ve ordered from before and had good luck with. They had the best deal compared to SMS and Meritline when I ordered.
So naturally when I open them up I spin a disc up in my NEC 3520A (running Liggy & Dee’s 1.U8 firmware). Except for Alcohol 120%, every tool I’ve tried (Nero CD Speed, InfoTool, DvdInfoPro, and VSO Inspector) claim the media code is unreadable and the max burn speed is 32x.
Only Alcohol’s Disk Info reports the disk mfg as Taiyo Yuden Company Limited but doesn’t give an actual media code:
*** Disc ATIP code information *** ATIP Start Time of Lead-in: 97m24s01f ATIP Last possible start time of Lead-out: 79m59s72f (LBA: 359997) Disc Manufacturer: Taiyo Yuden Company Limited Disc Dye: Cyanine Material Disc type: CD-R Media Sub-Type: 03h Indicative Target Write Power: 04h Reference Speed: 00h Unrestricated Use Disc(URU): 00h A1 Value: 000000h A2 Value: 000000h A3 Value: 000000h Maximum Read Speed Supported (with current disc): 48X (7200 KB/Sec) Maximum Write Speed Supported (with current Disc): 32X (4800 KB/Sec) Current Read Speed Supported (with current Disc): 48X (7200 KB/Sec) Current Write Speed Supported (with current Disc): 32X (4800 KB/Sec)
Notice Alcohol also lists the write speed as 32x.
It has the usual matte-finish hub that TY’s normally have, the dye is blue-green, and the “extruded” hub serial number rather than printed, but the SN now bends around the hole rather than being straight like most TY’s I’m familiar with. BTW the serial number starts with LG457A if that’s any help.
Could this just be a flakiness with my NEC drive? I’ve not tried TY CD-R’s since I got this drive, but I remember TY’s in my older drives being identified better than this. It just got me a little worried that I might have scored some fakes. If anybody can confirm these are TY’s I’ll feel better about them.