My first ever CD-R burning attempt was a coaster. :doh:
The second burn attempt was successful, which was an MP3 CD of my favourite songs. My first MP3 player was CD based.
It was a second hand SCSI CD-RW drive which I got I think around August 2000. I can't remember the make/model, but do I do know it was a 2x2x6 writer and roughly every third burn attempt resulted in a coaster. Either the drive would stop responding, I got a buffer underrun or the Windows 98 BSOD'd.
My first DVD burn was early 2003 if I recall right, using a Pioneer DVR-103 a friend gave me a lend of to see if I could repair. I never saw a DVD writer before, but since this one didn't work, I figured I'll take it apart. I remember there was a fine-tuning screw next to the lens, so I tried adjusting this, then temporarily assembled it again to test a disc and repeated until the disc was recognised. I continued making adjustments until the disc stopped being recognised and finally adjusted the screw to mid-way between the two points. I then picked up a blank Memorex DVD-R which I remember cost â‚¬6.50 and backed up my music collection I spent the previous summer ripping and encoding.
I no longer have my first CD-R or DVD-R. The CD-Rs degraded after several months - From what I recall, they were generic Maplin discs (silver top, green dye.) At the time I wrote my first DVD-R, I didn't even have a DVD-ROM drive, so I purchased one. It had trouble reading the discs I wrote with the Pioneer DVD writer, so I put it down to poorly written discs by my repair attempt on the DVD writer. However, it was not until I later on that I got a lend of another DVD writer (a LaCie/Matshita LF-D310) that I found out the DVD-ROM drive was at fault. By that stage I got rid of my first DVD-R as I wrote another disc using the LaCie drive.
I do have a very old thread somewhere around here showing the problems I had with my old LG DVD-ROM drive, probably one of my first posts on CDFreaks.