I was all excited, I received my 1620 today ($108). There are definately some issues with the -R disks. Thought I’d throw my first experiances with this drive out to the group.
I installed the drive and updated the firmware to the B7H9 from the Benq.EU site. Unfortunately my Recordnow dx 4.06 wouldn’t recognize the drive, so I installed the included Recordnow Deluxe (don’t care for the new version). The drive shows up fine in the new version along with my pioneer 104 and liteon 411s@811s.
I use only the TDK 4x dvds (TTG01), I have been coasterless with these dvds on the pioneer and liteon drives. I was looking forward to the new drive as the pioneer and liteon will only burn the TTG01’s at 2X. I figured I would test the drive by backing up a couple of my dvds. I burned both discs with the 1620 at 4x, both were verified by Record now. Having read about the drive having issues with -R, I then tested for errors with dvdinfo, it was error free.
Both discs played fine on all drives in the computer, but I cannot get them to play in my stand alone player. I wasn’t confident in my use of the new Record now setup so I burned both movies again using the same data disc setting and the same setup but this time with the pioneer 104. It doesn’t appear to be a problem with the Record now software, both movies play fine in the stand alone being burned from the pioneer.
I have compared the 2 sets of discs with dvdinfo, both show the same media info.
book type dvd-r
media type dvd-r
Any suggestions other then waiting for another firmware update to come along. I hate to have to switch to a different media.