I just purchased a Samsung SH-S162L. I registered and downloaded LiveUpdate and it took my firmware to TS02 from TS01. [Should it have gone to TS05 or TS06?]. I have confirmed DMA is on for all IDE channelsl I do have one SATA channel with a WD SATA hard drive that I use as the source drive for video files (raw and edited). I have a Soyo KT 600 motherboard so I don’t think I have an nVidia driver issue (if I undertsood that thread) although I do have nVidia FX 5200 video card on my machine. It appears that my driver for the Samsung is Microsoft 5.1.2535.0 although when I click on Driver Details it does show me a buch of others (several from Microsoft, one from Pinnacle, two from Sonic Solutions and etc.) I have tried Sony, TDK and Fuji DVD+R discs all to no avail (approximately 20 coasters in total). I have had a TDK AID-420N on my machine for a couple of years and have had sporadic problems with it burining DVDs and thus, among other things, was the reason I purchased this new and fancy Samsung unit when the price was right on NewEgg.
I tried burning first with Pinnacle Studio 9.4 and the lead-in appears to write and then the burn fails during the “Writing Disc Content.” I have also tried using the Nero Burning Rom (and Nero Express) from my full version of Nero Ultra 7 that I have had for a while. I recently updated my Nero with the Nero-184.108.40.206b update. In Nero, I get what I believe are various errors (including power claibration errors) although quite frankly understanding these errors (and error reports) is beyond my current comprehension. I tried to completely de-install Nero (including running Nero’s clean tool and a regsitery cleaner that I own and a freeware registry cleaner as well in that order) and tried burning again out of Pinnacle and no luck.
I’m pretty frustrated with having burnt a nice weekend trying to figure this out. I believe that is proabably unlikely a problem with the drive itself but I’m essentially committed to RMAing at this point. Any suggestions for further troubleshooting (short of tyring to deal with the manufacturer) would be greatly appreciated.