I want to list some strange things and check whether anyone here noticed something similar - I really need this information to find out whether to RMA my LG GSA-4163B (firmware A102) drive and get another one from the retailer, so please try to post a useful comment. I have no DVD drive at the moment with which I could check those discs, so I have to guess now. But my BenQ should arrive on Monday
- I only have one DVD-ROM drive, itÂ´s a Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-C2402 firmware 1707 laptop drive, it is quite old, but said to be able to be able to read DVD-R media without problems according to Toshiba SD-C2402 media compatibility. It cannot read DVD-+RW so I wasnÂ´t able to test those after I wrote them. Writing was ok, though.
- At this time I only wrote Verbatim 8x DVD-R 120min 4.7GB “MCC 02RG20” (DVD-R R4.7) at 8x speed, all from the same 25 disc Cakebox, so if it is a problem with this batch of discs, I will have to check with another DVD-Rs. Will do that later. If someone had problems with this media, too, please tell me.
- DVD+R Test is planned and will be done later. I will also try one of those DVD-R 8x at 4x speed - but I really think the disc should be written at 8x with no problems?
Now the list of the problems I have:
The writing quality appears to be not good with this drive and these DVD-Rs. My DVD-ROM can read those discs ok, but on almost every disc there are parts which are apparently hardly readable, which results in very long copy times (like 31min for a 800MB file) and choppy/unusable playback of e.g. avi files on those discs. A Nero CD_DVD Speed Disc scan (surface) is ok, though (all sectors green). The drive does not make strange noises when reading the “hard readable” files, it is just very slow. This is a great problem and I start to lose trust in the 4163BÂ´s writing quality. Maybe it is a problem with the Toshiba, but most I write I to be used there - and of course not a proof for great quality of the 4163B! It would be a no-brainer for me to return this drive, then…
Sometimes in the writing process (8x speed for DVD-R, DVD+RW at 4x for example) and sometimes even just when a disc is in (e.g. DVD+RW 4x), no matter whether its just in and ready or in access, but worst when the drive is “recognizing” the disc after insertion, there is a high pitched noise - hard to describe, maybe like from one of those pipes you call dogs with. or better - like the sound when the dentist uses ultrasound to clean your teeth - it sound somehow like sth vibrating/touching the disc at a high frequency! That is the best description I can find. It stops after a while, though. Its not very loud though, I guess someone with loud pc fans might not even notice. Anyone else has this behaviour?
In the recordable area on those DVD-Rs, there is a “ring” of about 4mm to 6mm width on the inner part of the recordable area of the disc which reflection looks a little bit different from the reflection of the rest of the disc, but only after burning, not when they are empty, so not a material flaw here (at least not before writing). All discs are ISO burned with Nero 6.6.0.x. This ring does not exist on DVD-Rs from the same cakebox from another burner and also not on the first 2 DVD-Rs I burned with the LG! So this must be new with the update Nero 184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11 or sth changed with the burner.
It does not appear on these discs:
- TDK DVD-RW 1-2x (TDK502sakuM3)
- Panasonic Hard-Black DVD-RAM 2-3x (but would be very hard to see)
- Primeon DVD+RW 4x (RICOHJPN W11)
Is this a problem the with 4163B someone else encountered? Would you generally not recommend to use DVD-R but better use DVD+R? What does that tell us about the drive?
- Did anyone encounter problems with a batch of the said DVD-Rs? I think it should not be, but who knows … As I said, I will try to verify the problem with other disk types / write speeds later today.
I will try a DVD+R 8x and to write one of those DVD-R at 4x speed. I guess I will copy one of the discs looking that strange, one to one, so I will see whether this “ring” is copied to the other disc. So, more later.
Thanks in advance!