I’m having some problems with the newly released Bulkpaq 8x media (Orangy/Red Colour: http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-DVD25M) on the NEC ND-2500A drive. I have the NEC official 1.07 firmware. I have used this drive and the Bulkpaq 4x speed media for ages and everything has worked fine with no reading/writing problems at all.
But when I burn something with this new ish 8x speed media I get problems when trying to read it on my DVD players (various new and old Sony models). The reading is kind of unreliable, sometimes it works mostly, sometimes it doesn’t. It tends to skip and jump in the middle, or particularly at the end or start. Sometimes quite a lot, sometimes just now and then. Playing the media on my MSI MS-8216S DVD-ROM is hopeless, it hardly can play any of it, only bits and that usually freezes my whole PC and puts loads of “An error was detected on device \Device\CdRom1 during a paging operation.” in the Event Log.
I have tried burning the media at 4x speed and this has seemed to improved the situation. I seem to now be able to play media on my DVD players ok, but still my MSI DVD-ROM won’t read it at all, or will, but will error alot and put the above error over and over in the Event Log.
I have tried different software too. I backup my DVDs using DVD Shrink or sometimes copy them to the HD using DVD Decrypter. Burning them I have used DVD Decrypter, Nero, Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 and all seem to cause the problem, certainly at 8x speed.
So where does the problem lie? Is this bad or not so good media? Is it the drive burning it wrong somehow so it can’t be read properly? Usually this MSI DVD-ROM has been a very good compatibility drive with no problems reading even extra cheap media. It also has the latest firmware from MSI (1.30).
I have done a lot of searches and read a lot of articles on the forum - there is just so much information I don’t know what is to do with my problem! I’ve seen articles about “Prodisc S04” is this the same type of media I have and just another name for the manufacturer?
Do I need to put the Herrie firmware on? I’m not sure about this cause of loosing my warranty, but will this fix the problem? Is it just the media I’m using. If so, it’s very annoying cause the Bulkpaq 4x speed was great media, worked on everything and never had a problem at all.
Or will the Herrie firmware just allow me to burn this media at 8x without a problem? If the NEC ND-2500A has this problem why doesn’t NEC release another new firmware?
So has anyone else got the MSI DVD-ROM or have any good/bad reports/experiences of it?
Sorry for all the questions. I’d be very grateful if someone could give me help. Thanks tons
My System Spec:
Pentium 4 3.0Ghz HT enabled
512MB PC3200 RAM
Asus P4P800-E Deluxe Motherboard
2x Mirrored Maxtor DiamondMax8 120GB HDs
NEC DVD-RW ND-2500A (1.07 firmware)
MSI MS-8216S DVD-ROM (1.30 firmware)
Windows XP SP1 all extra updates