The only reason why I still have this DVD-ROM on my system is because I love the slot loading mechanism. This is the drive that I use for almost everything that is not burning (gamming, general DVD and CD use, DVD ripping, program installing, etc). It is flashed with RPC-1 FW.
The bad point of this drive is that it doesn’t like any kind of DVDRW media (no probs with DVD-R or DVD+R). I think its because the drive is just too old and that media was not released in that time. I don’t know of any new firmware for it and this FW is maybe 3 or more years old, I downloaded it from RPC1.org I think.
The question is:
I can read some DVDRW disks after letting the drive stress itself trying to recognize them. It clicks a lot (continous clicks like short mini machine gun bursts 5 at a time) before it can actually access the media. The results are terrible even after accessing the discs, CD-Speed transfer tests are just pathetic. Is it better to not try to access this kind of media on this drive anymore? Can the DVD-ROM get damaged with this clicks?
As a finishing point, doesn anybody know of a newer or improved FW for this drive that gives better compatibility with DVD+RW media?
Thanks a lot.