hi everyone - i've been reading through this forum and noticing most posts seem to center around firmware - today i got the 3520A drive with 1.04 firmware and it seems to be working just fine - i'm not sure if i need to upgrade or not - compatability is my main issue, i'm just not sure if i'm missing out on anything with this firmware.
i got 6 different dvd-r discs to try it out with:
taiya yuden 8x (full face printable) - burns at 12x
bulkpaq prodisc 8x
bulkpaq printable 8x - burns at 12x
ridisc 8x - burns at 12x
datawrite grey 8x
the discs that burned at 12x seem to come out fine though i did notice slight fluctuations in the USED READ BUFFER in nero (never reached zero but did go down a bit at times - is this important?)
when playing back, all the discs seem to work great on all five of my standalones (sony/ronin/toshiba/panasonic/phillips) and on both of my dvd-rom drives in my pc.
great news really but i'm curious which you guys think would be the best disc to buy in bulk? i tend to use dvd-r as opposed to dvd+r - is that wise? i've read there's things you can do to the drive to make the dvds it burns more compatible (firmware updates i imagine) - is this true?
obviously i'd like my dvds to work on as many dvd players as possible, i think by buying this recorder i have made a wise purchase as my sony dvd-writer gave shockingly poor results compared to this already.
thanks for reading - i eagerly await any responces!