I've been using my LG GSA-4120B for about 9 months now and like it a lot.
I've tried several media throughout this time and quickly "standardized" on Datawrite x8 DVD+R Prodisc-R03-03.
I've burned (8x) almost 6 spindels (25 cakebox) of these, always do a verify, none of them ever failed or showed any strange behaviour during the verify read back.
This week, I noticed the burner didn't accelerate any further after starting with 6x. Burn was fine though. I've tried a few more and it appears that 1 out of 3 now burns at 6x, the others at the normal 8x.
I'm using the official A115 firmware. Nothing changed in the hardware, OS or software setup.
In total I've burned about 250 DVD's with it, and about 20 CD-R's
Is my LG dying ? What's the expected lifetime of such a writer ?
Could it be a fluke, so this last spindle is less quality and the writer decides to stick to 6x ?
I've ordered some Platinum DVD+R 8x (RICOHJPNR02) that also gave me no problems in the past, to see if they still burn at 12x or stay at 6x or 8x
Any ideas ?