I recently bought a Pioneer 109 to replace an old Plextor CDWriter model. That cost me around Â£120 at the time so I liked the Â£45 price tag of the Pioneer - until of course I ran into my problems:
In Nero I cannot burn audio CDs to the drive, it reverts to imagedrive instead all the time and Nero Express only allows MP3 discs not Audio discs.
Using Recordnow max trial it will allow me to burn audio discs but I've tried 3 times on 1.17 firmware and 3 times on 1.40 firmware and each time at the end of the burn process it comes up with an error.
So so far I am unable to burn audio discs it would seem?
Okay, that is not my only problem - I try burning DVD+R discs that came with the drive. I transferred around 4.3GB on one disc, set to burn (in recordnowmaxtrial) and it worked fine.
Success I thought!
So I try the same again with same discs but different data, and this time it ends again on an error (this time about different data between verification). I was not pleased, and I checked the disc physically to see it had a kind of 'laser like scorch' mark around the inner circle in a sweeping arc movement. It was fairly thick  but short. I also tried the disc in my other Pioneer DVD Rom drive and it read fine as far as I could tell.
So basically I haven't been humbled by this drive, it's not been a smooth ride and I'm not out of the woods. I'm a newbie to DVDs and burning them, and I just don't what to do?
I would like not to end up with a drive that doesn't work and now I'm not sure whether I can return because I flashed it's bios to try and see if it fixed my problems
Could the IDE cable be giving me data transfer problems by any chance? I bought an 80 wire one specially so that I could burn at top speed. It cost me very little.
I'd really appreciate some help! Thank you.