I recently bought my first DVD burner - a 712A, based on Plextor’s reputation and a good review I saw. Since then I’ve read a lot of negative reports about this drive, and now I’m wondering if the behaviour of mine is typical, or whether I have a faulty one.
It works fine as a CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drive. DAE at high speed works well. I have burned a few CDRs and not had a problem. But trying to burn DVDs (just bog-standard data format ones) has been a bit of an eye-opener:
I first bought some 4x Xerox DVD-Rs (ID: CMC MAG AF1), and every one has had write failures at both 4x and 2x writing.
Next I picked up some 4x Packard Bell DVD-Rs (ID: VDSPMSAB 01), and these fail immediately (even during a simulation) writing the lead-in, even writing at only 2x.
Finally I got a couple of 8x Verbatims, a DVD-R (ID: MCC 02RG20) and a DVD+R (ID: MCC), since they are on Plextor’s recommended list. Both of these wrote successfully (the DVD+R at 6x, and the DVD-R at 8x).
Until I bought to 712A, I had been using an old Ricoh MP6200S CD burner, and in 7 years it has never burned a single coaster, using all manner of assorted media types. So I suppose my expectations have been set by this experience.
Is DVD burning that much less reliable than CD burning?
Or is it just that the 712A is extremely fussy about media quality?
Or does the evidence suggest my 712A is sub-standard?
NB. Currently using firmware 1.04. (I had upgraded it to 1.05, then backed it off after seeing some reports that 1.05 was worse than 1.04). Using Adaptec ASPI layer 4.60 (as installed by ForceASPI). Plextools Pro 2.15 (after trying 2.16 and experiencing the PC lock-up others have reported).