Well, I’m NOT new to computers (been a developer since 1982, rather skilled at C++), but I’m new to the forum and now I’ve just received my first DVD burner (just been a CD burner for years).
Newegg had the NU DW163 on sale Dec 22 ($55), and this forum (all of the hardware sections) was the last source and best for my decision over an NEC.
This DW163 came from a batch manufactured Sept 04 (FW G7H9), just after newegg restocked (they were out of stock around Dec. 20/21). My father ordered one too.
I picked up a 10 pack of the cheapest DVD+RW 4x on Newegg’s list, which I’ve subsequently read from other posts here is (and I confirm) INFODISC A10, and about the worst selection possible. Nero’s recent DVD-Speed “Quality Test” (which I’ll post later…must make dinner soon) shows not one PI failure on my first burn attempt (PIE average hovers around 75). I should reconnect my old Compaq DVD reader (a 2x reader) and scan from there if I can. I’ve learned here that BenQ drives could nearly read cardboard, so I’m certain there’s more than zero PIF on the disk (just has to be at least one).
I still have software to pickup, and something to switch a host of DivX films for my son (mostly Video Captures from TV) onto DVD.
So, in weeks to come, you’ll have another Quality Scan trigger happy poster to contend with…who buys the cheapest media on the planet.