I recently purchased some Smartbuy Media in the GTA. However it seems most stores are not carrying the discs that have the white label with orange circles ontop, but instead have media that has a sort of reflective surface thats writable (and still has the smartbuy logo). Both my old spindle and the new spindle are -R at 4x. The only other difference aside from the surface of the disc is the packaging that looks mostly the same except for it promiting “AZO Dye”.
I’ve updated my BenQ to the most recent formware B3IC and have tried writing to these discs at 4x in my 822A only to recieve “Power Calibration Area Full” in Nero. However, the discs can be burned at 2.4x (slowly). The info tool shows that its still ProdiscS03 and is capable of 4x, but this is kind of disappointing.
Has anyone had success with these new Smartbuy DVD-Rs? I’m wondering if I got a bad batch or if all shiny top spindles are causing problems. Or even if it’s nero that’s causing the problem. I’ve gone through the usual reinstall of the IDE controller and recording software, checking to make sure the drive has a good connection to the power supply, etc.
P.S. I’ve also seen 8x Smartbuy 8+/-R media, but it costs more and since I already have a poor spindle here I don’t want to risk losing even more money.