Hope this isn’t a total noob question, but I’ve had this drive for 2-3 years now, and it doesn’t seem to be able to burn above 8x anymore without crashing mid-burn. I’m on the latest firmware (1.06) and use WaveLab 5 for burning. Here is the error I get, whenever the drive ramps up to about 16x speed:
Device: Plextor CD-R PX-W4012A (F:)
MEDIUM ERROR: WRITE ERROR - RECOVERY NEEDED
F0 00 03 00 00 8F 51 0A 00 00 00 00 0C 07
2A 00 00 00 8E BB 00 00 1A 00
I can run the simulation at 40x and it works fine, but when it comes time to actually burn a disc, it crashes every time at any speed over 8x. Of course, it used to work fine at any speed. I can guarantee that it’s not a buffer underrun issue.
FWIW I just ordered the NEC 3500A from Newegg, but I’d still like to have this drive as a backup if it will still burn masters with a reasonably low BLER. Fortunately I haven’t had any rejects from the plant yet. I guess I should mention that I’m a CD mastering engineer.
Maybe it’s just a matter of cleaning something? I’ve never done any type of maintenence on the drive, but my studio is clean and relatively dust-free.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!