I am getting fed up. I am having a problem with my BenQ 1620 drive. I bought the drive for myself at Christmas, but I haven't had to burn a DVD until now (I use my Plexwriter Premium for burning CDs). Now that I have DVDs to burn, I am shocked to find out I can't burn reliably. I purchased some Verbatim 8x DVD+R media, and every disc gave me a Session Fixation Error. I was using Easy Media Creator 7.0
After reading some forums in search of a solution, I ran across a couple of threads that suggested I uninstall all of my burning software, and reinstall. I uninstalled Easy Media Creator 7.0, and downloaded the Demo of Nero, just to give it a shot. Also, I found that I had the G7C9 firmware, so I downloaded and installed the latest firmware (G7V9). Also, I puchased some Memorex 4x DVD+R and DVD-R media to give a try. While I had a good burn with one of the +R and one good burn with a -R, I was not able to get a reliable result.
As I have a SATA Hard Drive, I decided to move the burners to their own IDE slot. My BenQ 1620 is now the Primary Master, and the Plextor Premium is the Secondary Master. Also, I noticed the IDE cable that used to connect both drives look damaged. I picked up a new 80pin cable for each drive, and plugged them in.
I found a good deal on TDK 8x +R media, and bought a 50 pack. After going through about 15 discs now, I have had maybe 3 good burns. By good, I mean burns that finished. Nearly every disc I burn either has a Write Error, or a Session Fixation Error. The Session Fixation Errors are showing up at the beginning of the burn, and the Write Errors can pop up anywhere, although they are usually at the very beginning of the burn. Another thought, I have never tried to burn faster than the disc was designed for.
I know I can't have this bad of luck with media, so I am thinking my drive may be bad. I don't think I have the original stuff that came with the drive (IDE cable, manual, software, etc). I moved into a different house, and most of my stuff is still scattered everywhere. This may make it hard to return, so I am hoping somebody here has a suggestion for me.
Edit: I just realized I still have Plextools 2.18 installed. Would that cause any problems with non Plextor drives on the system?