We DO in fact know that nothing is. Thanks again Dee for your help with… a what, you ask? An NEC 3500, of course.
Where what happens behind the scenes where writing DVD and CD media is concerned, I thought I knew quite a little bit, untill I found CD-Freaks, so I honestly thing you could call me a noob. I had a problem due to my bios having a secondary setting aside from DMA, that set UDMA at 100, 66, 33 or off! (Ooops.) Mine was OFF. this drive still WROTE with it off, but with a few costers and everything that wasn’t costered was not super either.
Where PIE/PIF error reporting is concerned, that really DOES kinda burn my butt, as I’d really like to know that information too. I do NOT have the money to buy a Plextor or a Lite-on, or ANY other writer for that matter. There are alot of other drives that don’t support PIE/PIF. Keep in mind though… (you didn’t want to hear the word, COST, but I’m saying it anyway! lol), dollar for dollar, it’s certainly in my honest oppinion, the BEST way to go. (How about, "take it from a guy that can NOT afford to buy the WRONG drive the 1st time out, because there will be NO second drive!) If mony had been no object, I’d have bought the Plextor Premium.
Bitsetting support FROM NEC would also be nice, but thankfully, there’s the fine folks here at Knowledge Is Power.
I JUST burned a test disk using Ritek Ridata R02 media (inkjet white, in case you even care) at 8X using Nero CDSpeed version 3.55, and here are the results.
It finished the xfer test AT 16X! This is in my HUMBLE opinion, looking like an EXTREEMLY good write. (Wish I had pie/pif to back that up.)
In sumary, if you don’t want to shell out more money, and can live with the only issues outlined thusly, by ALL MEANS, buy yourself this drive.