I picked up a new 108 (fw 1.14) on the weekend for $100AUS, I actually wasn't looking at buying a new DVD burner just yet, the 812S I have burns +R's really well so i was sort of happy with that, the price of the 108 was the thing that got me.
Any way I have a lot of so called TY02 disc's that my 812S will not burn so well (2 in 3 are coasters) so I thought I would give them ago in the 108 (after upgrading to fw 1.18), by default the 108 wants to burn this 8x media @ 12x so I thought what the heck lets see what happens. The 12x burn went well no errors, but failed on the data transfer test near the end of the disc (same problem with the 812S @ 8x, but they won't play) but the disc plays fine without a hicup in my Pioneer 525 standalone player. I then tried the same media but @ 8x and the results are very good, data transfer test was fine KProbe scan was good and of course it plays in my standalone as well. I have not tried any +R media (I have 75 RICOHJPNR02 discs) yet that will have to wait until tomorrow because I haven't got anything that needs backing up yet, so that will be the next test.
So now to my question/comments, I have searched this forum and found that there are very few mods/tools for this drive, so I am taking this to mean that these drives generally work well out of the box and not much needs to be altered. I am not fussed by RPC1 and strat swapping, I use my 5232K for ripping which has codes riplock firmware installed, but do like the idea of DVD-ROM bitsetting even though my 525 doesn't have a problem reading +R discs, so by the look of things all I really need to do is crossgrade to the Piodata 1.18 firmware and that's it? If I should be doing something else to it to enhance it's performance/quality please let me know?
Thanks in advance.