Ok, it is actually a bit worse than just the subject.
I use Linux, but if really needed, I know I CAN boot XP64 (that is the only Windows I own).
I have several problems with this drive.
I bought this drive as an I/O Magic drive, I see 'iHAS324 Y BL1W" data from K3B device data; K3B is installed in Kubuntu 10.04 LTS for 64 bit Desktop.
I'd offer specific data about the media I use, but I'm not sure how to read it off the blanks using Linux.
My media: Kodak CD-R 700megs bought new 2 years ago, and Staples DVD+R RW media, 16X compatible.
1] Burning coasters is a talent I wish this drive would not display. It isn't every attempt that gives me coasters, but 1 in 10 is what I'm estimating, and that seems a bit high. I always burn slow - 3/4 the rated speed or less; the media has not been a problem for an older burner (the old burner dragually stopped working, wouldn't even read commercial software CDs, so I presumed it was totally dead).
2] Some discs get burned and even verify correctly while still in the burner, but after I quit K3B (my burning program), this drive often can't seem to read the disc it just burned and verified (yes, I eject, close the empty tray, then open the tray and try to reread the disc). I put the disc into another drive on the same system (LTD163D DVD-ROM) and usually I have not a lick of trouble with the disc. Once on a while, the iHAS can burn a disc, can verify the disc as good, and yet NOTHING can read the disc. Again, my stock of media wasn't a problem before this drive.
Ok. You folks have the experience, I'm barley averaging 3 discs a month.
Is the media I listed known to be a troublesome in such a manner that you folks believe it would cause the problems I see? Maybe I'm too optimistic, I feel that in the past 5 years, media factories that can't produce quality discs should, in my opinion, have closed from lack of revenues, bu then again...
If my media seems to not be the CLEAR problem, what are my options for flashing the drive so it will become a perfect drive (haha!)?