I’ve burned maybe 40 DVDs with my 1008 now, but recently I’ve been unable to get a decent burn. I’m not sure exactly when it happened or whether it was sudden or gradual because my brand switched MID codes on me and I just assumed it was inferior discs. It was only recently when I upgraded my firmware and experimented with DVD +RW discs that I noticed the problem.
Typical results with RICOHJPN W11 early on (Nero CD-DVD Speed):
Maximum PI errors: 71
Maximum PI Failures: 32
But typical now:
Drive: DVDRW IDE1008
Disc: DVD+RW (RICOHJPN W11)
Selected speed: 4 X
PO failures: n/a
Number of samples: 3410
Average scanning interval: 42.06 ECC
Glitches removed: 0
While the PI errors have gone through the roof, the PI failures remain similar. A similar phenomenon occurs with DVD +R discs: PI errors 4 or 5 times the original level, PI failures about the same or slightly worse.
I have just about ruled out the following:
Firmware: I’ve tried everything between the 357 and the 059 and noticed no difference. (Not surprising; I don’t believe the write strategy for the discs I use has changed.)
Discs: I’ve tried using the very same DVD RW disc I used for earlier burns and I’ve tried brand new ones of the same MID. I can’t get a decent burn now with either.
Burning software: I’ve tried several different versions of Nero (63115 - 63117) and noticed no difference. The same decrease in quality has occurred with DVD Shrink also.
So I’m thinking my laser is wearing out. Is this possible? Should a burner start producing burns that are way out of line with the DVD standard after only a couple of months of use?
What other possibilities are there?
Thanks for any suggestions.