Since this is my first post, I just wanna say the site is a great place to find out stuff about practically anything related to drives and media. Lots of cool tips too.
I searched the forums for a problem with my dvd writer but it looks like no one has a particular problem with it. Maybe there’s a specific problem I’m not aware of.
I puchased HP dvd640 external drive (Lightscribe) several months ago. The drive burned about 40 Maxell DVD-R 8x (MIT) without data verification errors. Then I started getting data verification errors and the success rate dropped to about 50%. I also tried Maxell DVD+R 8x (MIT), Sony DVD+R 16X (MIJ), and Verbatim mini DVD-RW 2x (MIT). I got errors on all of these discs and it got worse - only about 1 in 10 doesn’t get errors. Most of the time I get swirls and discoloration on these discs. I don’t know if this is a problem with the drive or my set up.
I have Compaq Presario V2000 laptop (Sempron 1.8GHz 3000+ 512MB RAM USB 2.0). DMA is enabled. I use Nero 126.96.36.199. Don’t run any applications while burning and hard drive is defragmented. I updated to the latest firmware. I also tried burning connecting the drive to Gateway desktop (P4 2.4GHz, 512MB RAM, USB 2.0) but still get errors. Am I missing something or is it the drive?