Briefly, after my 2nd Liteon 451s went bad I purchased a MadDog (equivalent to a Nec 3500). Used various Liggy and Deeâ€™s Nec drivers. I was using Kypermedia CMC MAG E01 8x DVDâ€™s. Nero Ultra 7.0.12 and Roxio 8.The burns were not great or bad â€“ compared to the ones posted. Same for using Memorex (Prodisc) CDâ€™s and Riteks. ScanDisc errors. So, I took it back and got a different MadDog (equal to a Nec 3540a). Bought different media 16x HP (Phillips C16) Pretty much same thing. The DVD I burned for Nero â€œCreate Data Discâ€ when I tried to do a Disc Quality test it would spin up to around 8.6, then I would get a Error Initializing Test. I tried it on Roxios DVD Info Pro, it read it though. DVD Info Pro always gave worse results, especially on scan disk â€“ CD Speed would show no errors or one, but DVD Info Pro would show more. I then tried Memorex 16x (RICOHJPN R03). Same thing. Took it back and got a Nec 3550a at Compusa. Liggy and Dee 1Y2 and 1.05bt. Burns again where borderline or bad â€“ none as good as on forums.
The last two burns were UDF for Xbox. Both of them get the Error NO SEEK COMPLETE (030200) @ 7.1 sec Spin Up Drive for BenchMark and Error initializing test for Disk Quality at 8.6 sec spin up. Disc Qualities on CD as low as 0. DVD as low as 0, 40 â€“ low 80sâ€™.
I have my DVD as master on the secondary IDE channel Ultra DMA mode 2 and a hard drive as slave Ultra DMA mode 5. (Is this setup OK?) I tried disconnecting the slave HD but it made no difference. I had IAA, and took it off, took off Roxio, reinstalled Nero, and nuked my PC and installed new XP (pro sp2), new Nero Ultra with nothing else - no AV, Etcâ€¦
I am at a lossâ€¦… I am running out of time, patience and ideas. Either I am very unlucky by purchasing bad DVD drives and/or Media, or there is something else I am overlooking. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.