Ok I read it all 'bout NEC 1100A but still

…have kind of problems with that drive. Made in February,OEM (by the way in general terms OEM means “we told you you were buying it your own risk, dumb, so ask us if we care!”) Also reported by Bios, Windows and DVDinfo

http://www.nicsoft.com.au/dvdinfo.html) as

_NEC DVD+RW ND-1100A with 1A0 firmware.
Such a lone star of a DVD recorder.

Have not tried any DVD+R because I have not got one in my hands. But if you’re as curious as I am, you will notice that Nero,
in DVD mode in this drive, only reports 1X ans 2X, no matter what speed is your media. Really weird in a drive that promised 4X. Well, you can’t be surprised: remember it also promised both DVD-R and DVD+R? What really bother me is: it now fails to make a Nero or DiscJuggler CD compilation. In a fresh Windows XP installation. In Nero, it stops in 4% or 5% of the cache writing, at least it does not mess up the blank cd-r. Disc Juggler really does, because it stops in 4% ofwriting. Nti-CD maker does not recognizes it as a writer (the NTI website says it works! Well, we’d admit we bought it for its wonderful low price, because for the bells and whistles you have HP and Plextor, based exactly on this one. Now I’ve learned what really means to pay for support. The other things that’s really strange is the phantom firmware out there that’s supposed to fix the -R writing. Is it really only for the Japanese version of the 1100A?The only firmware I’ve tested doesn’t recognize the drive.
Oh…I’d almost forget… I burned a data cd compilation with Nero with my old Creative 121032E wich I gave to my girlfriend and by the way I’m missing now… (read “the drive”). This was a black surface Samsung Cd. Well… it can be read in any cd-rom I’ve tried except th ND-1100A!
Any wise advice and/or help would be great with all this.

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you will notice that Nero, in DVD mode in this drive, only reports 1X ans 2X, no matter what speed is your media. Really weird in a drive that promised 4X.

I don’t know what you mean with “no matter what speed is your media” if you haven’t tested a DVD+R? Nero does report 2x writing if you haven’t inserted any media but will report 4x write speed if you insert a 4x certified media or 2.4x write speed if you insert a standard 2.4x DVD+R media.

Well, you can’t be surprised: remember it also promised both DVD-R and DVD+R?

The model number for the DVD±R/RW writer was changed in the beginning of this year to ND-1300A. There is no firmware for the ND-1100A that writes to DVD-R/RW, not in Japan or anywhere else.

What really bother me is: it now fails to make a Nero or DiscJuggler CD compilation.

What media are you using? I have not had any problems with the CD-R media I’ve tried including Taiyo Yuden, Mitsubishi and TDK. Don’t you get any error message? Have you tried any CD-RW or DVD+RW?

This was a black surface Samsung Cd. Well… it can be read in any cd-rom I’ve tried except th ND-1100A!

It seems like the NEC DVD writers don’t not like black CDs because I’ve heard others having trouble reading PS CDs and Memorex black CD-Rs. I haven’t tried any black CDs myself but I suggest you contact NEC about this problem.