Thanks for the reply!
It could indeed be a problem with the Traxdata discs. They work fine in my LG GSA-4167B in my SN25P. I’ve tried recording a few more movies with the DD-A100X, with limited success. Some of the DL recordings seemed to work OK, but I’ve had the “Write Fail” error at least once more.
One time, I thought I’d got another coaster, because it was stuck in finalizing at 92% for 20-30m or so. But it eventually came back! That’s the longest it’s been, but it usually takes quite a long time to finalize DL discs. Strangely, the longest one, at 3h30m, finalized pretty quickly. The ones that are just over the 120m “barrier” seem to take longer.
I tried verifying the 3h30m one this afternoon, by copying the VOBs from the LG drive to HDD. It failed with a read error, even though fast-forwarding on the LiteOn recorder looked OK.
Burning to TDK SL’s seems fine, although I’ve yet to verify them.
I think I’m going to have to try some Verbatim DL discs. They’re only cost a bit more than the Traxdatas (in a spindle). The Verbatim process - at least for SL discs, I’m not sure about DL - is supposed to use different chemicals and/or processes to most other discs. I would try my favourite brand of TDK DL’s, but they’re still ridiculously expensive, at twice the price of the other two.
I’ve got the correct firmware for the DD-A100X, direct from LiteOn’s support pages - LNQGE029.DA0 - but I’m damned if I can figure out how to burn it. Their instructions don’t make sense about creating an ISO disc with it. I have the latest version of Nero Express (not the older one they use), and I know what ISO files are and how to burn them. (I’ve just burned the Vista RC1 x64 & x86 ISO’s today.)
I’ve tried two CD-Rs and a CD-RW, with a copy of the LNQGE029.DA0 file on them, but the recorder doesn’t recognise any of them. Why LiteOn don’t just supply an ISO file themselves, I don’t know.
It’s still early days yet, though. I’m pleased I can record to DVD-R again, having had my second Panasonic recorder fail. Truth be told, I wasn’t sure about the LiteOn’s DL recording capabilities - the limited [on-line] documentation available is ambiguous, intimating only DL playback. But it would be nice to have a guaranteed recording every time. 8)