My experience with NEC 1300A

I baught Cendyne external DVD+/-RW drive which has NEC 1300A. The drive worked fine with Philips DVD+R but failed to even recognize Supermedia DVD-R media (which I got only for $32 for 100 +tax + shipping) Searching on Supermedia’s website told me the mediarequires at least firmware 1.0A. NEC website says we shouldn’t use their firmware upgrades for OEM drives. but Cendyne gave me a link to their website(european) for firmware upgrade. I ran the upgrade. Now the drive started writing on the media. But the media was not readable even by the same drive. searching on forums, i found out about DVDinfo Pro. It determined that the DVD was unreadible. SO now even though the Cendyne support said that 1.0A was the latest driver available and i should try 1.0B, I upgraded to 1.0B. Regardless of what he said now my drive is working fine with the media. So I decided to write my experience as I couldn’t find my experiences with external NEC drives myself. Hope this helps. BTW I amusing Easy Media Creator 7.
I am also providing the media info which I got from DVDinfo PRo.

                        Media Information                            

Region information N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID AML
Format Type UDF 1.02
Volume Name
Application id
Implementation id Roxio EasyCDCreator
Recording Date/Time (mm/dd/yyyy) 6/18/2004 9:50:20
Format Capacity 4.03GB(4.32GB)
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
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 00 00 00 00
4x Write Strategy field 3 00 00 00 00
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 20345Fh
Linear Density 0.267um/bit
Track Density 0.74um/track
Number of Layers 1

Media Code-
00000000 00 42 00 00 01 40 C1 FD 9E D8 52 00 02 87 0E 15 .B…@…R…
00000010 98 9A 90 00 03 41 4D 4C 00 00 00 00 04 00 00 00 …AML…
00000020 00 00 00 00 05 CC C0 00 00 00 01 00 06 0B 10 11 …

Sorry for the few typos as i wrote in a hurry.

AML is a great budget media for my NEC 2500A drive with herrie’s firmware!

Try Ridata(Ritek) 4x ! I have burnt more than 70 blanks, no single error with my NEC 1100A (DELL OEM. hacked firmware 4x burning) 1100A and 1300A are phisically same.