I got this NEC DVD writer for the speed and price, but it is unable to use InCd (versions 4x & 5x), FileCD or DirectCD.
I updated the firmware with OEM Nec drivers then the Y4 from this site, but it still won't Format either CDs or DVDs.
The process starts then a notice comes up (after 2 - 6% formatting), saying it can't access the disk, check for scratches etc. This is the same for all Disks ( + or -, slow or fast, new or old)
InCD works on my CD writer and it used to work on a Liteon DVD Recorder (that I replaced with the NEC).
It can read InCD Dvds, that were already written (but can't write to them)
What is really annoying is that this burner came with the Nero programming and yet does not even allow packet writing.
Windows XP burn prg also doesn't work with this drive either.
For standard burns, single and multisession, as well as DVDs, the burner works as expected.
Has anybody noticed this problem?
Do any of the firmware upgrades enable packet writing?
Is this burner just a piece of Crap?
Doesn't NEC usually make good equipment?
My 2 cents on packet writing.
I have used it for years, even though I occassionally have problems with it.
InCD's v5, now has a better tray icon, so it is easier to use then 4.
Multisession, although more stable is slower to setup your files, and does not remove earlier versions or deleted files, so if you are doing updates, your disk will not be able to store the full capacity, as the deleted files are still there, even if you can't access them.
I also like to do backups with Xcopy, in a batch file, so it only backs updated files, whic is very fast, and can be copied directly to an InCD disk.
with Nero Multisession, when you continue a session, the status only shows the amount of space of new files to be added and does not show how much room has been used up.
I have not seen a multisession program, that operates strictly on the data contained on the disk, without have it have to refer to original file locations, even when instructed to not record that data or sometimes even needing the the script file that was orignally used.
So in order to keep my disks updated with Multisession, as they get full, I have to copy them back to the HD, then reformat & re-burn to capture lost space.
FileCD is more like a multisession, and requires to eject after writing. It also had other limitations that I found overally cumbersome.