The drive burns RiData, ProDisc, and Verbatim media without too much trouble. They had BenQ media on sale at the local future shop, so I figured it might work better – they are the same brand after all.
Nope. The drive won’t even let me burn them. Even if I try to burn a disc with well below the disc maximum (I went as low as 2Gigs), Nero would complain that there isn’t enough space on the disc. If I do an override this and do it as an overburn, it will burn, but will crap out and coasterize on the lead-out.
It’s not the media, as it burns on my old LG GSA-4040B without problems (and with a very low error rate too). It IDs as SONY04D1.
It’s not the first time this drive has been picky about DVD-R media, but it just seems weird that it doesn’t care for its own brand.