I've roamed these forums in the past, apparently back when it was CDFreaks. I learned a thing or two about firmware and experimented but never got anywhere successful. My problem and questions today aren't about firmware. I bought a 100 spindle of Sony CD-R (as well as DVD+R but no problems with them) from Costco a while back since they were a good deal. So I just started using them and I'm extremely disappointed. I've probably put 15 or so in my burner and only 2-3 have come out successfully burned. I've tried different burning programs and always get "Error c0aa0301" at some point in the burning process. At 24x, 20x, 16x they all fail, some have failed at 12x while 1 or 2 burned properly at that. It seems 4x works alright though.I e-mailed Sony about it and they said "send it back we'll send you a new one" and I told them "no way, shipping would be as much or more than a new spindle" and didn't go that route. My burner is a Sony DRU-510a. I've never had a problem with Verbatim or Sony DVD+R and Memorex CD-R but this spindle is giving me hell! I know there's a way to find out where they were made and that there's good and bad batches as well as underlying brands (rebadging) and whatnot.
So, maybe my problem is solvable by a new spindle of CD-R, maybe it's my burner, I don't know. Some insight on that would be nice in the mean time however I don't mind paying for quality and this is where my question comes in. What are some good burner models? I only need CD and DVD+/-R, no bluray crap yet. SATA or IDE, doesn't matter. Also what is some good media? I don't burn things that often but when I do, I would like to be able to have a nice quality disk with minimal problems and a decent speed. So, help would be nice Thanks in advance to those that reply.