I have a Lite-On SOHW-1693-S with KS0B firmware. This drive has worked flawlessly and still does to this day. The trouble is I’m almost out of TY T02 DVD media. I picked up a 100 pack of Sony DVD+R’s MID D21 and my 1693-S burns them but the quality is so low I would never trust them. I would guess the drive is using the wrong burn strategy. I only see three possible solutions. Mod the firmware to fix the problem, possible? Find some readily available media that will work or replace the burner with one that works well with newer media.
Does anyone still have a Lite-On SOHW-1693-S? If so what media currently available in the US will produce quality burns? Firmware mod?
It may be easier to just get a new drive. What I want in a new drive. Must be a great reader and have good DVD and CD burn quality. Bit setting is a plus and so is scanning support. After poking around the net and the forums it looks to me I’m looking at another Lite-On or clone. I normally buy my hardware at newegg but they have near nothing in stock as far as Lite-On is concerned. Everything is out of stock and no eta. Possible model change over taking place?