After deciding between the Liteon 1693s and the NEC ND-3540a, I settled on the ND-3540a. I’m a newbie to the CD/DVD media quality world, and I hope to learn more.
I’m concerned with the writing quality of my ND-3540a. It is using stock 1.01 firmware (I think) and my first DVD-R burns were less than perfect. On some DVD-R discs, the media would become unreadable (or damaged), according to Nero CD-DVD Speed’s ScanDisc after 75-80% of the disc. I think this is a result of the media I was using (CompUSA branded DVD-R Princo media @ 2x). My DVD+RWs ran a lot better (they are once again CompUSA branded but Philips 041), but I’m still concerned with the high levels of PI errors and PI failures on the disc. What do you guys think?
I’m using the ND-3540a in an external USB enclosure with the ALi M5621 chipset. My other burners are a Liteon LTC-48161H KHOP and a LTR-24102B 5S54.
Also, my CD-Rs seem to be stuck at 32x CD buring. Nero 126.96.36.199 and Nero Infotool reports the CD writing speed to be 32x, even when the drive is put in a firewire enclosure. CD reading speeds have no problem getting to 48x.