I bought a 1655 OEM from Newegg because they were out of the retail drive at the time. I really wanted a 1640 but they didnt have one.
At first everything looked fine. I burnt 5 DVD+Rs (all 8X TY +Rs) and 5 DVD-Rs (all 8x TY -Rs.) The scans looked OK, not spectacular, but in the > 90 quality range from Nero. The drive is LOUD! I mean loud like a jet engine. The NEC 3500A is much quieter, and it is not the quietest drive.
then I had a burn faliure with disc #6, a TY -R. Write Faliure.
I was somewhat surprised, I’ve never had a TY burn fail. Ever. Tons of discs burnt on other burners.
I checked Benqs site, and they had a newer firmware BCDB available. I flashed it with no issues.
Now every single DVD-R fails. I had 1 +R successful burn when I turned off WOPC. Tried 3 more DVD-Rs all failed. All write errors. Even the +R fails 50% of the time.
I also have a NEC 3500A and a Liteon 832S. I alternated burns with TY 8X -Rs on the NEC 3500A and Liteon 832s. Burns / scans are just about perfect on the other 2 drives - 99% quality equivalent. It is not the media, that much I am sure of.
What should I do?
Can I RMA the drive?
Can I cross-flash it to a 1640 or 1650?
If I RMA it, should I sell it and get another brand or try it again?
Any other suggestions are welcome too.