Can not read-write any CD-RW




I think plextor 716A is a bad device.

I can not read any CD-RW (new-old)(vermatim -tdk-sck etc)

I can read some DVD-RW (TDK-Maxwell-Verbatim) with 1.06 only but when I upgrade 1.07 I can read only one Verbatim.

Have anybody the some problem. This is the second drive after RMA

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I bought two 712A Dec. 2004, Both have this problem same time(Jan. 2005) . RMA them Jan. 2005(maybe Feb. 2005), one doese NOT use, another one have to RMA second time last week. Just got the RMA one this morning, after burned 3 DVDS data, burn was flashed, but all dvds data are bad(CRC error, check with cdcheck). I don’t want to waste money to RMA. How can i get my $ back?

I knew this media is not good. but my nec 3520A can burn, and it works very weel. How can I change the media just for 712A?

                       Media Information                            

Region information N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID INFOME R20
Media Product Revision Number 00h
Format Capacity Blank Disc
Free Blocks 405405696
Free Capacity 4.38GB(4.70GB)
Book Type DVD+R
Media Type DVD+R
Manufacturer Rated Speed 8.0x 11080KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 8.0x 11080KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 6.0x 8310KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 4.0x 5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 2.4x 3324KBps
Linear Density Blank Disc
Track Density Unknown
Number of Layers 1

                       Complete Media Code                           

00000000 01 02 00 00 A1 0F 02 00 00 03 00 00 00 26 05 3F …&.?
00000010 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 49 4E 46 4F 4D 45 00 00 52 …INFOME…R
00000020 32 30 00 38 23 54 37 15 02 52 6C 02 B4 63 15 15 20.8#T7…Rl…c…
00000030 0B 0A 08 08 01 19 1B 0C 0C 0C 0D 01 00 00 00 00 …


I’ve never heard of INFOME media. Have you tried using Taiyo Yuden 8x or Verbatim 16x media? In my experience, that sort of media works very well with the 712A (I have three). Unfortunately, the 712A can be extremely picky about media (far more so than drives like the NEC) - this is a known trait, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble in the long run by going with decent media.

I remember buying dodgy media once because it was cheap, just out of curiosity. It was Bulkpaq DVD-R, and I was lucky to get about 2-3 working burns out of 75 discs. Or, to put it another way, a 96% failure rate! So I never bought them again. In the end, I decided that spending $5 a disc on decent media (back in the bad old days when decent 4x DVD media cost a fortune) - and I can still read the discs I burned, nearly three years later.