I purchased this drive about 2 months ago (original firmware 1.10) and have written about 20 RitecG04 disks 4x +R without any problems.
Nero 6.3 OEM burning software
This past week I purchase some 8X-R disks (Memorex) and upgraded the firmware to 1.18 (Pioneer US site).
The firmware upgrade went without incident, and the tests in Nero indicate 8X is now possible at 7.71 overall speed. However when I went to write a data DVD, I was unable to start. I tried other speeds down to 1X - errors every time (although the blank DVD remained usable). (I have another computer with NEC2510 and it wrote the the same disk without error.)
I tried writing DVD+RW 4x (memorex) disks in the Pioneer and they write fine.
What is the best solution here? Should I perform the another firmware update, can I revert back to the original? I am reluctant to use other firmware other than Pioneer as I do not want to void any warranty.
OS - W2K
AMD 2500 on Abit NF7S board.