In Jan, after burning on Verbatim DL +R media, my NEC 3500 just died. I was archive 40gb of mp3s across 5 disks. It got through 4 disks and then on the 5th disk, it didn't recognize the media. I tried uninstalling the Microsoft IDE device drivers and reinstalling them. Also, reflashed it. It shows up in bios and the OS sees it, but it just stopped working. I ordered a NEC 3550 and moved on.
Last night, my NEC 3520 died in a similar fashion. I had backedup a movie I own on Verbatim DL+R media. It worked no problem. I then started trying to archive something on Ritek DVD-R media. The drive didn't recognize it. I uninstalled Microsoft IDE drivers and re-added them. I also reflashed the 3520 as well. It shows up in bios and the OS sees it, but it just stopped working. I just ordered another NEC 3500 and am moving on.
I had the NEC 3500 on a Abit NF7 v2 mobo and I was using XP Pro and Microsoft IDE drivers. I had the NEC 3520 on an Asus A7n8x deluxe 1.04 mobo with XP Pro and Microsoft IDE drivers.
It's weird that they both died after burning a Verbatim DL +R media. I also don't use dual layer burning that regularly. The only other consistent thing I can see is that both my mobos are Nforce2 chipsets.
This could just be a mere coincidence and that it probably reached the max btu hours for both burners. I bought the NEC 3500 in Nov 2004 and bought the NEC 3520 in Feb 2005. Both lasted over a little of a year. I also used them pretty much every day.
I am so glad DVD burners are cheap. I do have another NEC 3520 that I bought in April 2005. I wonder how much longer this one will last.
Anyone have a similar experience as this?