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. :iagree:
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.