Okaay! Got the RMA’d drive about 2 days ago. It’s an 0304, January 2005.
Hooked it up, it’s still got a touch of the vibration problems!
At first I thought it was fixed, but then I did a test burn and test read:
2x CLV read was fine all the way (Yay!); Previously would produce massive vibes.
4x CLV burn - Started off fine, started getting rumbly in the middle, then tailed off towards the end
6x DL burn - Got rumbly about 1/4 and then 3/4 of the way through…
At full/near-full speed the drive produces the expected level of noise, but is strangely vibration free…
I think Plextor should think about improving their vibration damping tech, because it looks like the drive is still resonating at certain speeds. I’m just glad I’m using a full-steel full-tower…!
LiteOn do a much better job with their damping - The 52327S and 832S I had were virtually silent at all speeds, except for air noise!! (Which was really freakin’ loud )
Also, the spin-up times are even longer; On some DVDs of the Assembly 2002 I made, it takes 29 seconds for the disc to be recognised (i.e. for the yellow LED to change to green) and RW media has a similar kind of time.
Now, I must give some lee-way here, because I have come to the conclusion that Verbatim 4x DVD-R’s are absolute crap (The average error rate I’m getting is well over 150, compared to their +R 4xs, which average about 4… although just to make me a liar the -R disc I made while writing this is isn’t crossing 20…), but even my semi-retired LiteOn 832S (DVDRW) takes 18s to recognise the disc and my Pioneer 106S (ROM) takes 2s!!
I hope they address some of these issues in the next firmware patch…
For regular CD writing and +Rs, the drive is fine - Just stupid issues with -R media and RW media!
As for the vibration issue, I now have two 716’s, since they said I didn’t need to return the old one. I may just dismantle it and repair it myself…!
Edit: Forgot to mention, my problem with the discs not being able to be read by Explorer were not fixed by this new drive, but while re-installing some of the software I found that Alcohol and Daemon Tools actually did have their hide-CDR patches on :o Killed them both and now everything works fine!
Okayyy… second RMA, and it looks like my third drive is the charm!
Is a TLA#0304, just flashed it to 106.
No vibration, the long recognition time has been cut down significantly and it just Works.
It’s a shame it took so long to get a good drive, but I guess the perseverence was worth it!
I really hope the build-quality picks up for their future drives, but for now I’m pleased
Kudos to plextor.be for sorting it out… although DHL weren’t that great (My drive was supposed to be here a good week and a half ago, but I instead watched it bounce between Gatwick and Heathrow several times on the DHL tracking pages…!)
congrats Cyker, good to hear Plex got you a good drive this time…post some scans