After formatting a Verbatim 2X CD-RW (originally included with my PlexWriter 4/2/20), my PX-716a had problems recognizing most burnt CD-R media. The same “problematic” CD-R could be easily recognized in my Philips/BenQ DROM6016/44 DVD-ROM drive. Did the self-diagnostic on the Plextor and it failed with Fuji Branded Taiyo Yuden and didn’t even complete the self-diagnostic with the Fuji branded Prodisc. So I received an RMA request today and will be promptly shipping out the PX-716a tomorrow.
Now, should I give the replacement PX-716a another chance or purchase a new drive if I happen to sell my RMA replacement on eBay? All I really want is a reliable DVD-R/CD-R recordable drive that has high media compatibility support for writing and can read bad media if I need to. I always burn at low speeds. I have about 350 blank TYG03 DVD-Rs so I’d like a reliable burner for that type of media. Any suggestions?
By the way, the PX-716a I plan to RMA is TLA# 0304. I flashed the firmware to 1.08 and then 1.09. The drive was manufactured in China on or around February 2005.