Burning 33 DVD+R’s in my new OEM BenQ DW1650 has resulted in 10 discs with write or read failures. Is this typical for a BenQ 1650 or is it defective? I’m trying to decide whether to return the drive. My previous burner, an NEC ND1100A, didn’t fail during write or produce discs with read errors on the same batches of media or any others I’ve used, and the majority of reviews at Newegg claim they’ve experienced no coasters with their 1650’s.
Another thing that has me wondering is the noise it makes. I wouldn’t say it’s loud but it’s high pitched and makes a sort of scritchy/chirpy noise when solidburn, WOPC or Qscan are active, yet the majority of reviews at Newegg mention this models quietness.
Only 2 of the 10 failed burns were attempts at burning over the disc’s rated speed. 2 of the remaining failures were from burning at the rated speed by using the OverSpeed feature when BenQs firmwear would limit burns to the next speed under with OverSpeed switched off. Another failure resulted from underspeeding, so half of the failures were in discs burned at their top rated speed (OS off) in BenQ’s firmware. I’ve tried burning with different Qsuite features in various combinations but I don’t see any pattern in the failures as far as these are concerned either.
I have tried using three different official BenQ firmwares - BCFC, BCDC, and finally BCHC. All produced some coasters.
19 of the burned discs were Playo 8X DVD+R - AML 002 bought from Staples. The BCFC fw limits burns on this to an actual 4X no matter which Qsuite features are switched on or off. BCDC limits burns on this media to an actual 4X only when OverSpeed is switched off. I only burned one AML 002 disc with OverSpeed and SolidBurn for Known switched off with BCHC and that actually burned at 2.4X though I’d set it to burn at 8X. Switching on OverSpeed with BCHC allows up to actual 16X speed burns on AML 002. There were a total of 6 coasters with this media - 2 with write errors (one at 8X one at 4X), 4 with read errors (one at 8X three at 4X). One successful burn at an actual 8X with this media.
13 discs were Staples 8X DVD+R - CMC MAG E01. There were a total of 4 coasters with this media - all with write errors (two at 12X, one at 8X and one at 4X). One successful overspeed burn at 12X with this media.
I’ve burned one Verbatim 8X DVD+R - MCC 003 successfully.
All of the successful burns seem OK with CD/DVD-Speed QS at 92 to 97 and total PIF’s in the 1K to 10K range (median ~2.5K).
Anyone have similar experience with these media and the 1650? Do you think this drive is defective? Would you send it back? I can only exchange it for the same model, so if this is typical performance for this drive there wouldn’t be any point to returning it.