CodeKing and experienced users, please read this. I've been having problems with various types of cheap media on my 1973@1693@KS04/KS09. The firmwrz I used were the crossflashed ones from your site with the DVD speed settings set to their max. The problem is that the write frequently fails towards the end of the burn, and in the cases where it succeeds burning it almost always fails verification either in the middle or towards the end of the disc. The burn speed itself varies too, it sometimes goes to the max whereas other times (especially towards the end of the disc) it drops down to almost zero at times. Same happens with the verification spped, it seems to be having problems verifying certain sectors. I also noticed that in many cases the produced discs had small "splashes" on their surface after the burn. I suspected that these problems may have been caused by the high verifying speed, so I reflashed withiout the speed tweaks and it seems to have solved the problem. Some "splashmarks" still remain though, and the discs still burn eratically with verification slowing down to a snail's pace at times. I still produce some coasters, but nothing like it was when the reading speed was at max in the firmware.
The disc I've been using are:
Melody x4 DVD-R
Disc ID: GSC002 (these are Â£2.99 for a spindle of 25-the cheapest discs I found so far)
Datawrite Titanium x6 x8 DVD+R
Disc ID: PRODISC-R03-03
I know they are crap but I use these discs for presentations and go through a lot of them, so I buy cheap to keep the costs down. In the long run it now seems to be false economy considering the number of coasters I've made so far...
So here are my questions for the more experienced users:
1) Has anyone encountered such problems before (e.g splashmarks on discs after the burn, erratic read/writing speeds, failures towards the end of the burn etc)? And what inexpensive discs would you recommend for the 1673@1693 to avoid such problems? There must be some cheap media out there that "agrees" with Liteons.
2) Why the liteons take such a long time to start burning? It takes a minimum of 1 minute on my computer for the burn to start but at times it can take up to 3 minutes just to fill the buffer and during this time the PC doesn't respond at all, it just freezes while the Liton is doing its thing... Is there a fix for this?
3) Is there a chance of us 1973@1693 owners to make our drives Lightscribe-compatible with a future firmware tweak? I suspect that lightscribe drives are using different optics...
Thanks in advance for any replies.