So … I just get done burning a YUDEN000 T02 @ 8x with WOPC off.
Scan the disc, and everything likes fine.
I was curious if the results would change if I turn WOPC back on again. So, I scan the disc … and, holy smokes!!! Where the heck did all the PIF’s come from?
All the horror stories posted through the BenQ forums started to run through my mind. … so, I calm down and eject the disc to take a look at the burn surface. I behold some spec’s of dust and 3 noticeable “smudges”. Compressed air doesn’t seem to remove the smudges, so I carefully wipe those areas. 2 of 3 smudge areas ( at outer 1/4th edge of disc ) are successfully cleaned off … leaving 1 smudged (possibly scratched) area.
I’m about to put it back in the tray to re-scan, when I notice something in the outer ring of the drive tray. … I think (but wasn’t too sure) it was like a tiny crumb of a peanut!!! In my haste and frustration, I pick it up and toss it in the trash ( in hindsight, I should’ve taken a closer look at it ). Thereupon, blasting the tray with compressed air like a team of Special Force Delta’s hot on the trail of Al Quieda thugs.
The disc gets re-inserted (everything gets blasted with compressed air), and I attempt another scan. Lo-and-behold … back to normal again.
The moral of the story is to make sure your drive tray is “clean” before attempting a scan … unless you can afford to throw away discs after an unsatisfactory scan.
I still have NO idea how the heck that thing got in there … and even whether it was a piece of peanuts I must’ve snacked on sometime ago dropping from my desk … or was it something that was lodged inside the drive to begin with?
I have a harddrive in the bay just below the BenQ, and there is a cooler installed which installs into the front of that drive bay. It’s a possibility the turbulent air could’ve tossed something up into the drive tray (upon ejecting the disc), but how likely is that … esp. considering the relative size of the little crumb … i’m guessing 1.5 mm in diameter ).
Man … I’m so paranoid now. Lol.