[qanda]This thread is about the Lite-On LH-20A1L. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]Everybody's going to love me for this one.
I present a super-hard conundrum to you fine people of CDFreaks.com. I have been reading your threads, and along with countless others such as the likes of Afterdawn, Videohelp, and the Ubuntu Community.
I'm running a custom computer: Asus Crosshair (M2 - Green), AMD Athlon64 X2 6000+, 4 Gb G.E.i.L PC6400 (800 MHz) RAM, x2 Kingwin MACH 1 (520 Watts each), x2 (SLI configured) MSI GeForce 7900 OC 512 MB, x2 Hitachi Deskstar HDDs, and a LITEON LH-20AIL (recommended by you fine folks at CDFreaks).
I have been unable to get a CD or a DVD burned without errors for about two months, using Windows XP Professional (32-Bit, version 5.01.2600, Service Pack 2), and Nero 6 (version 188.8.131.52). Here's what I have done.
RAM TEST: First and foremost. GEiL is an excellent manufacturer, but I ran the test anyway. I used Ubuntu's Memtest86, for nothing less than 48 hours. Not one single error.
MEDIA: I'm using Memorex DVD+R, 16x Speed. It shows up as a RICOHJPN R03, which, from what I understand in your forums, is one of the best forms of media around. They are fresh from the cake - totally unscratched.
DVD DRIVE: Brand new; not even a month old. It has the BL05 firmware, RPC II, and it is sitting on SATA [3:0] - not a PCI card, but part of the motherboard. I am using nVidia SATA drivers (version 5.10.2600.0667). I've been reading about ASPI, and NERO tells me that my WINASPI32.dll, version 4.71 (0002), is installed and working properly.
DRIVERS: I have updated the driver for my BIOS to the latest. I have a fairly updated AMD driver. I looked up the firmware update for the LITEON, but it appeared to be only something for make more media work.
So, in short, I have reason to believe it isn't the MEDIA, it isn't the RAM, and there's a huge probability it isn't the DRIVE. This leaves me with software and drivers. The only thing I haven't done is use anything other than Nero 6, and update the drivers for EVERYTHING in my computer.
I have used many different types of DVD drives (mostly e-IDE) before I went to SATA. They all had the same problem. I have tried lower burning speeds - with the same result. I'm not even trying to burn movies, just straight-up data! And there's still errors all over the place!
Please help. If you need me, I'll be in the corner, quietly going insane.