Hi guys, nic forum you’ve got here Already found answers for two of my main issues just by browsing around here, so I guess I’ll bother you instead of PX support with my question
I’ve bought a PX-716A (using FW 1.06) two weeks ago and is connected as secondary master drive (where it has replaced the PX2410TA). The PX-116, about year and a half old (but in great shape), is secondary slave.
For burning, I use DVD+R media: Mitsubishi 8X (Verbatim), Optodisc 4X (Emtec) TDK 8X (TDK), Taiyo Yuden 4X (Verbatim), DVD+RW Optodisc 4X (Emtec), DVD-RW Optodisc 2X (Emtec). High quality and fast media have bad availability around here, I had to order the TY Verbatim from abroad.
I usually write DVDs at 4X speed as I don’t have much experience with DVD burning yet.
The burned media, when tested for PI/PO errors, give excellent results (<10), even with overspeed (4X TDK @ 8X, 8X MCC @ 12X) and the PX-716 itself reads them at maximum speed, as any other DVD media actually.
The PX-116 however, has problems reading DVD+R burned with this drive. When tested with Plextools Read Transfer Rate Test, they are either read at minimum speed (1.8X-2X), or the drive attempts to read them at full speed but ends up with a read error quite soon (always at different place with the same disc), like it would lose the track. When actually using the drive to copy files from the burned DVD, it’s always read at the lowest speed.
The DVD+RW and -RW is read at speed 4X-8X, as well as DVD+R media burned on other DVD drives (even the same brand, e.g. Optodisc written on a Lite-On). These ‘alien’ DVDs are however read at full speed when copying files to the HDD (assuming by the noise created by the drive).
So far, I’ve tried my DVDs on three drives - Lite-on and LG DVDRW drives and a Orava video DVD player. All of these have no problem whatsover reading the discs and the RW drives read them at full speed.
So it seems that my PX-116 is the only one which has problem with DVD+R burned on my PX-716 and vice versa.
So, if I may say so, WTF? Any idea what’s going on?
I’ll be rebuilding my PC into a black PC case which means getting a black DVD-ROM drive as well. That’s one of the reasons I’m considering to get a PX-130 drive (black bezel), I’m a Plextor freak anyway… Do you think the new drive would enhance reading of my burned DVDs?
Anyways, another question…
I’ve been testing my disks with the TA test, and for Mitsubishi discs I get very good or excellent quality, with most other discs the qualilty is good. What I find weird, written Taiyo Yuden discs (I only got them yesterday) are judged as not good or bad, which is quite suprising. How important is the TA test anyway? BTW when I look at the TA graph, there’s little peak shift (although the drive assumes it’s crap) - little difference from other media, and the gaps are very deep as well. Any suggenstions?
Thanx in advance and sorry for the long text