So I've been trying to burn a few backups lately, and given that they're only backups of stuff that should be working fine for a long time (Season box sets, etc) I've been using my slower, less expensive discs to do it.
Here's my setup:
Burner: Cyberhome DX162D, Firmware 130F (Phillips/Nexperia Chipset)
System: Athlon XP 2600+, no Overclocking, 1GB Kingston (FSB Clock-matched) memory, Asus A7N8X-Deluxe motherboard (both with Nvidia IDE drivers and with WinXP drivers). Hard Drive is Primary single, Writer is Secondary single.
Burning Software: Nero Ultra 22.214.171.124
Discs: MCC003 8x +Rs, MCC004 16x +Rs
Problem: Every time I try and burn to the MCC003s, I end up with a Write Error within the first 10-15% of the disc. Lead-in writes fine, but very rapidly after the actual data starts writing, it comes up with the drive reporting a write error.
Now, same image or compilation, (done both ISOs and VTS files in a Nero Compilation) same drive, MCC004 16x +Rs, burns in about 5 minutes with no problems at all. Discs play beautifully in all units I've tried. Tried the same image and compilation (one each) under both the NVidia IDE SW Drivers and under WinXP's IDE drivers with the exact same results. Tried other images, and at all times the MCC003 fails really early, while the MCC004s are flawless.
Now, at first I thought maybe the drive just doesn't like 003s, but according to some reports I've seen, the DX162D takes just about any +R (including CMC) and burns it fine, with high marks for MCC003 specifically.
Do I have a bad batch? Or is it bad luck, and my particular drive just doesn't like 003s?