I may be new to the technical side of optical drives, but I'm A+ certified, and a full time PC tech, so feel free to answer this post with complex jargon.. I will understand it!
I picked up a LG GSA-H22L drive for myself. It came as a trade with a customer for some memory I had laying around. So I can't return it in other words.
I was really excited about this drive, now I think I have a lemon.
I used it to record some DVD isos, and half the time it will fail through the burn.
Then I tried to burn a couple data cd's with mp3 files on it for my car, and i'm getting skipping on some of the cd.
When I run the verify contents in nero, its failing.
I've done alot of the obvious here, I replaced the cable, i'm using the flat cable, not a silly rounded one.
I used to have a samsung 16x burner, and never had one problem with it. I gave this drive to my brother, now this LG is acting up.
I'm running a Dell 4700 p4 3.0 with 1gb ddr2 ram. The only downside is that this mobo only has one ide connector on the board, so I have to share the IDE bus with another optical drive, a sony dvdrom drive.
I ran the samsung dvdrw in this configuration, it never gave me one problem.
I notice that alot of folks are posting charts, and then many will comment on how good the burn looks. Is there a faq on reading these charts, and how do I go about getting one to share out of my burner?
I contacted LG support to see if a firmware upgrade was available. They sent me a canned response saying don't upgrade the firmware unless you have to, then they sent me a link to a site that doesn't show a firmware upgrade for this drive.
Finally, the media I'm using always changes.
One day its crummy ESA (best buy house brand), one day its Verbatim Lightscribe stuff, one day its sony stuff. All 3 have had failures.