I just bought a Liteon SOHW 1673SX (external) but haven't opened it yet. (It was an impulse purchase at clearance price.)
Have I bought a good, trouble-free burner?
I've been rooting around Google for opinions and have found a few that are contradictory.
What's the "best" DVD+ media--what does it like? I have quite a few Fuji and Sony DVD+ that identify as Taiyo Yuden, and these will be what I plan to feed it for quality use.
I have a couple of Playo stacks for data giveaways, and a few leftover Kypermedia, HP and Verbatim whose codes seem to indicate they are made by CMC Magnetics. These are what I usually buy for lower-class blanks. With TY getting harder to find in stores I may have to continue doing so.
How does it do with DVD-? The burner that came with my computer was a "+" only and I'd prefer to stick with that.
I have a broad range of CD-R brands I've acquired cheap after rebates over the last few years. I burn a fair number of audio CDs. Are there any problems with specific brands (granted that the name on the disc means very little about who manufactured it)?
I currently have the following software on my computer: Sonic Record Now! 6.0; DVD Shrink 3.2; DVD Dycrypter 126.96.36.199; DVDFabExpress; IMGBurn 188.8.131.52; I Copy DVDs2 (unpatched--the patch had to be uninstalled after it killed the splash screen for other software); DVD X Copy Platinum (I use it for scratched discs); 123 DVD Copy (used only for ripping since it's not complatible with the burner in my computer); WinOnCD5; Deepburn Portable; and NTI CD-Maker 6 Platinum (never worked very well). Will any of these work with a Liteon SOHW 1673SX? They include Nero Express and I have Nero 7 Ultra to install, but I'm holding off on that until after I apply the Windows XP SP2 patch, which I'm just a little bit worried about. If the older software works I'd jsut leave Nero off my computer because of conflicts with some of the above-mentioned software, which I can still use with the installed HP 300c burner.
Would it be smart to burn at 8X and would it help with any problems that have been encountered?
At this point I haven't opened the box and can return the burner if you say it has a lot of problems. I bought it because Liteon is recommended so often.
Thanks for your help.