Media that do not work with the Plextor PX-708A

Post all media types that do not work with the Plextor PX-708A here, include manufacturer information(if possible) and brand. Also detail the problem/include firmware version used.

Here is some discs that do not work for me:

Firmware 1.02:

Princo 2X DVD-RW

Media Information                            
Region information                                    N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID                                         PRINCO
Format Capacity                                             Not Formatted
Free Blocks                                                     412352512
Free Capacity                                              4.38GB(4.71GB)
Book Type                                                           DVD-R
Media Type                                                          DVD-R
Media Id Code Speed                                         1.0x 1385KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  4.0x   5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  2.0x   2770KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  1.0x   1385KBps
Write Strategy Speed                                        2.0x 2770KBps
Data area starting sector                                          30000h
Linear Density                                                0.267um/bit
Track Density                                                0.74um/track
Number of Layers                                                        1

00000000 00 6A 00 00 01 40 D6 FD 9E D8 21 00 02 0F 08 06 .j...@....!.....
00000010 88 65 11 00 03 50 52 49 4E 43 4F 00 04 00 00 00 .e...PRINCO.....
00000020 00 00 00 00 05 06 88 65 11 00 00 00 06 10 0C 06 .......e........

LED just flashes and the drive is unable to detect the disc.

Datawrite 4X DVD-R Datawrite red v2

                            Media Information                            
Region information                                    N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID                                    INFOSMART01
Format Capacity                                             Not Formatted
Free Blocks                                                     412352512
Free Capacity                                              4.38GB(4.71GB)
Book Type                                                           DVD-R
Media Type                                                          DVD-R
Media Id Code Speed                                               Unknown
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  4.0x   5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  2.0x   2770KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  1.0x   1385KBps
Write Strategy Speed                                        4.0x 5540KBps
2x Speed OPC beta                                                      0B
2x Speed OPC power                                                     10
2x Write Strategy field 1                                     11 87 78 80
2x Write Strategy field 2                               88 80 00 00 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta                                                      06
4x Speed OPC power                                                     17
4x Write Strategy field 1                                     0D 0F 0B 0B
4x Write Strategy field 2                                     98 08 0F 0B
4x Write Strategy field 3                                     00 00 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta multi-pulse                                          06
4x Speed OPC power multi-pulse                                         1C
4x Write Strategy field 4                                     13 A8 88 65
4x Write Strategy field 5                               98 9A 88 80 00 00
4x Write Strategy field 6                                  00 00 D0 00 00
Data area starting sector                                          30000h
Linear Density                                                0.267um/bit
Track Density                                                0.74um/track
Number of Layers                                                        1

00000000 00 6C 00 00 01 40 C1 FD 9E D8 52 00 02 87 0E 15 .l...@....R.....
00000010 98 9A 90 00 03 49 4E 46 4F 53 4D 00 04 41 52 54 .....INFOSM..ART
00000020 30 31 00 00 05 CC C0 00 00 00 01 00 06 0B 10 11 01..............

LED just flashes and the drive is unable to detect the disc.

Princo 2X DVD-RW

  Media Information                            
Region information                                    N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID                                         PRINCO
Format Capacity                                             Not Formatted
Free Blocks                                                     412352512
Free Capacity                                              4.38GB(4.71GB)
Book Type                                                           DVD-R
Media Type                                                          DVD-R
Media Id Code Speed                                         1.0x 1385KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  4.0x   5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  2.0x   2770KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  1.0x   1385KBps
Write Strategy Speed                                        2.0x 2770KBps
Data area starting sector                                          30000h
Linear Density                                                0.267um/bit
Track Density                                                0.74um/track
Number of Layers                                                        1

00000000 00 6A 00 00 01 40 D6 FD 9E D8 21 00 02 0F 06 06 .j...@....!.....
00000010 88 65 11 00 03 50 52 49 4E 43 4F 00 04 00 00 00 .e...PRINCO.....
00000020 00 00 00 00 05 06 88 65 11 00 00 00 06 10 09 06 .......e........

Another type of Princo DVD-RW discs, Drive returns a power calibration error.

Princo 2X DVD-RW

  Media Information                            
Region information                                    N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID                                         PRINCO
Format Capacity                                             Not Formatted
Free Blocks                                                     412352512
Free Capacity                                              4.38GB(4.71GB)
Book Type                                                           DVD-R
Media Type                                                          DVD-R
Media Id Code Speed                                         1.0x 1385KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  4.0x   5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  2.0x   2770KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  1.0x   1385KBps
Write Strategy Speed                                        2.0x 2770KBps
Data area starting sector                                          30000h
Linear Density                                                0.267um/bit
Track Density                                                0.74um/track
Number of Layers                                                        1

00000000 00 6C 00 00 01 40 D6 FD 9E D8 21 00 02 0F 06 06 .l...@....!.....
00000010 88 65 11 00 03 50 52 49 4E 43 4F 00 04 00 00 00 .e...PRINCO.....
00000020 00 00 00 00 05 06 88 65 11 00 00 00 06 10 09 06 .......e........

Third type of princo DVD-RW (yes the media code is slightly different), also power calibration error.

Princo 4X DVD-R:

Media Information                            
Region information                                    N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID                                         PRINCO
Format Capacity                                            4.38GB(4.70GB)
Free Blocks                                                             0
Book Type                                                           DVD-R
Media Type                                                          DVD-R
Media Id Code Speed                                         4.0x 5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  4.0x   5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  2.0x   2770KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  1.0x   1385KBps
Write Strategy Speed                                        4.0x 5540KBps
2x Speed OPC beta                                                      0B
2x Speed OPC power                                                     0F
2x Write Strategy field 1                                     11 86 67 80
2x Write Strategy field 2                               88 80 00 00 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta                                                      01
4x Speed OPC power                                                     1B
4x Write Strategy field 1                                     0B 0E 08 08
4x Write Strategy field 2                                     55 09 0F 0B
4x Write Strategy field 3                                     C0 88 80 88
4x Speed OPC beta multi-pulse                                          00
4x Speed OPC power multi-pulse                                         00
4x Write Strategy field 4                                     00 00 00 00
4x Write Strategy field 5                               00 00 00 00 00 00
4x Write Strategy field 6                                  00 00 00 00 00
Data area starting sector                                          30000h
Data area end sector                                              23046Fh
Linear Density                                                0.267um/bit
Track Density                                                0.74um/track
Number of Layers                                                        1

Full media code: 
00000000 00 6C 00 00 01 40 C1 FD 9E D8 52 00 02 87 0E 13 .l...@....R.....
00000010 87 88 80 00 03 50 52 49 4E 43 4F 00 04 00 00 00 .....PRINCO.....
00000020 00 00 00 00 05 88 80 00 00 00 01 00 06 0B 0F 11 ................

Drive is unable to detect the discs, LED just flashes. Works with some other types of princo discs though.

Ritek G04 all tested brands:

Media Information                            
Region information                                    N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID                                       RITEKG04
Format Capacity                                            4.37GB(4.69GB)
Free Blocks                                                             0
Book Type                                                           DVD-R
Media Type                                                          DVD-R
Media Id Code Speed                                         4.0x 5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  4.0x   5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  2.0x   2770KBps
Available Write Descriptor                           CLV  1.0x   1385KBps
Write Strategy Speed                                        4.0x 5540KBps
2x Speed OPC beta                                                      06
2x Speed OPC power                                                     0F
2x Write Strategy field 1                                     12 A8 88 80
2x Write Strategy field 2                               88 80 00 00 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta                                                      05
4x Speed OPC power                                                     1B
4x Write Strategy field 1                                     0E 10 08 09
4x Write Strategy field 2                                     97 06 0D 0B
4x Write Strategy field 3                                     00 00 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta multi-pulse                                          00
4x Speed OPC power multi-pulse                                         08
4x Write Strategy field 4                                     00 00 10 01
4x Write Strategy field 5                               1D 00 00 00 1E 04
4x Write Strategy field 6                                  00 00 00 00 1F
Data area starting sector                                          30000h
Data area end sector                                              22F60Fh
Linear Density                                                0.267um/bit
Track Density                                                0.74um/track
Number of Layers                                                        1

Full media code:
00000000 00 6C 00 00 01 40 C1 FD 9E D8 52 00 02 65 0E 0B .l...@....R..e..
00000010 FE FF 80 00 03 52 49 54 45 4B 47 00 04 30 34 00 .....RITEKG..04.
00000020 00 00 00 00 05 88 80 00 00 00 01 00 06 06 0F 12 ................

There is an unreadable area at 18% into the disc, clearly visible under the discs.

The Sony DVD-R doesn’t work for me. I couldn’t get any media code, because the disc isn’t detected at all (led stays amber, never turns green). The only code I could find on the cover was DMR47A.

This problem stayed the same with all firmware (1.00, 1.01 and 1.02).

Hi RoyPh

I have seen the same with Sony DMR47A but have written to these disks using a Sony DRU-510a. The disks are then readable by my Plex (firmware 1.02). Disc info:

                        Media Information                            

Disc Regions are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Media code/Manufacturer ID SONY
Format Type UDF 1.02
Volume Name Romeo+Juliet
Application id LBY CLONEDVD
Implementation id Stefan ID
Recording Date/Time (mm/dd/yyyy) 7/29/2003 20:05:50
Format Capacity 4.36GB(4.68GB)
Book Type DVD-R
Media Type DVD-R
Media Id Code Speed 2.0x 2770KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 2.0x 2770KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 1.0x 1385KBps
Write Strategy Speed 1.0x 1385KBps
Data area starting sector 30000h
Data area end sector 22E31Bh
Linear Density 0.267um/bit
Track Density 0.74um/track
Number of Layers 1

00 6C 00 00 01 40 C1 FD 9E D8 50 00 02 89 0E 13 .l…@…P…
87 88 80 00 03 53 4F 4E 59 00 00 00 04 00 00 00 …SONY…
00 00 00 00 05 88 80 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 …

I just recently received my new Plextor 708a, and have been unsure of what media to buy with it . I did not want to buy the outrageously expensive media suggested by Plextor. I finally took a chance and settled on this media. With this media I have been able to successfully backup 10 DVD titles (DVD 9) without a hitch.

Drive is connected to dell notebook, as USB 2.0 external device. Operating system is Windows XP home. Drive Firmware is 1.01. Software used: Dvdshrink 3.0 beta5 (to extract, compress video), Intervideo dvdcopy 1.0 (to burn disc). For full DVD-R (4475mb or 4.37gb) burntime is 15 min. Playback is perfect on a standalone Panasonic SAHT75 -R Home theater dvd System.

purchased at: http://blankmedia.ca/

name: 4x DVD-R RITEK Ys Power Brand

They have a whitetop to make them easy to write on.

Media Information via dvdinfo

Region information N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID RITEKG04
Format Capacity Not Formatted
Free Blocks 411107328
Free Capacity 4.38GB(4.71GB)
Book Type DVD-R
Media Type DVD-R
Media Id Code Speed 4.0x 5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 4.0x 5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 2.0x 2770KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 1.0x 1385KBps
Write Strategy Speed 4.0x 5540KBps
2x Speed OPC beta 06
2x Speed OPC power 0F
2x Write Strategy field 1 12 A8 88 80
2x Write Strategy field 2 88 80 00 00 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta 05
4x Speed OPC power 1B
4x Write Strategy field 1 0E 10 08 09
4x Write Strategy field 2 97 06 0D 0B
4x Write Strategy field 3 00 00 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta multi-pulse 00
4x Speed OPC power multi-pulse 08
4x Write Strategy field 4 00 00 10 01
4x Write Strategy field 5 1D 00 00 00 1E 04
4x Write Strategy field 6 00 00 00 00 1F
Data area starting sector 30000h
Linear Density 0.267um/bit
Track Density 0.74um/track
Number of Layers 1

s/n on disk is: h4-6L19306251456G06

Hope this info is useful to someone in their quest for the right media for PX 708a. :bow: