I'll start with specs -
P4 2.4 Ghz
Windows XP Pro SP2
BenQ 1655 BCDB
Verbatim DVD+R MCC004
So here's the story...I've burned maybe 30 or so DVDs, all the same media, all with SB on/on, WOPC on, OS off. They've been fine burns. I scanned the first 20-25 (I'm a little anal like that) then let the rest go as all the scans were relatively the same and of good quality. I've burned 95% of these at 12x - SB won't let burns go any faster I don't think. I'm just guessing because my burn times are always about 6:30 or so.
Last night I was on the third movie in the Blade Trilogy, when I heard CloneDVD give me the "Oh No". The write hadn't even started and it found some error (I forget what the message was). I reinserted the disc and the burn started/completed as usual. I figured I'd run a scan just to be sure.
It started off normal, then at the 3.5 Gb mark I got massive PO failures for about 200 MB. I thought, maybe bad disc, so I tried 3 more...all the same.
QScan said the media was ok. Incidentally, how long does a QScan run take? The help file says 10 minutes, mine took 70 seconds at 12x...???
Back to the story...so I figure something is going wrong. First thing I try is to turn off SB for known media. Guess what? Perfect burn, perfect scan - PIE=max 9, PIF=max 5.
So SB is staying off now, as burns with it on are the same quality as with it off.
I've thought about updating to the BCGB firmware. I know it's in some kind of "beta" state right now, but does anyone know if it's got updated writing strategies for some of the newer 16x media like the MCC004's?
Any other ideas or similar experiences here?
I'm new here, but I love this place already