I am using an NEC 3540A (LaCie d2) with a Mac PB G4 Ti 667 1G (OS 10.4.7, Toast 6 Titanium). I bought the drive in October 2005.
Until now, I have been successfully using the drive to burn 8X data backups to CD-R (TY) and DVD-R (TY Silver Lacquer and MAM-A Gold Archive). Today I burned two MAM-A DVD-Rs but when I opened a new spindle, I got the error message, “Connection not stable.” I got the same error with other MAM-As from that spindle and also from another new spindle. I am still able to burn to TDK DVD-Rs and TY CD-Rs with no problem.
I flashed the firmware to NEC original 1.0.4 (previously it had 1.0.1) but still can’t burn the MAM-As.
Is this just a faulty drive? Anything else to try?