Plextools Pro v2.19

No changelog.

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plextools is very nice program Im hoping this update will clean up scanning errors with 716a not related to drive it self. There have been rumours that scanning problem with 716 is not all 716’s fault.

With Plextools Pro 2.18, the AutoStrategy Media Quality Check feature for the PX-716A would sometimes report a result of “No information available”, which I am no longer getting with 2.19.


Also added on my firmware page.

Scan of the same DVD. MCC003 burned on 716A 1.03 @ 12x. Scanned on same 716, lower accuracy. First with Plextools 2.19, the second one with 2.18.

Looks a little different. But only a little.

Well, I spoke too soon: :o

It happened to me also on Plex Tools 2.19

“No Information Available”

I tried a second disk, it came back “The Media is Judged as Good.”

I put the first disk back in, it now reported “The Media is Judged as Good.”

PX-716UF Ver 1.02 firmware

I’ll wait until the download actually appears on the Plextools web site and is ‘official’.

Can’t be to careful now-a-days!

i’ve found that the media quality check is very finnicky (but im sure it’s dependent on the actual physical disc, not just the MID).

what’s interesting is the FE/TE test which states:

This test will be performed at the highest recroding speed in sumulation mode. At the end of the test, the tesresult will indicate if this media can be written at the highest speed with good quality.
PowerRec uses the FE/TE information and will adjust the recording speed automatically (if enabled).

I’ve always wondered if Plextools meant that the FE/TE info would be used for this particular disc, or as a template for future media. I’ve found that running a FE/TE test immediately before a burn (thinking that maybe a poorman’s AutoStrategy might come into play) made little or no difference.

I’ll do a little more experimenting with this and post scans for the same MID, one with no prior FE/TE and one with.

just to follow …

Does PlexTools really use FE/TE scan information on the next burn? PlexTools context-sensitive Help claims “PoweRec uses the FE/TE information and will adjust the recording speed automatically (if enabled)”.

I ran a FE/TE scan on Disc 1; test result was “This media can be recorded at the highest speed”. I then used PlexTools immediately afterwards to 4x burn data on Disc 1. I then rebooted, inserted Disc 2 (from the same spindle of Memorex 8x +R Ritek R03) and 4x burned the same data. PoweRec was enabled both times. PI/PO scans were then run on the two discs. The attached (merged) graphs show the results. The gray scale on the right is from the FE/TE scan.

Conclusions: The FE/TE test stated that the media could be recorded at the highest speed (in firmware 1.05, 8x on PX712a). The burns were done at 4x and it was highly unlikely PoweRec kicked in at any time, so the results are inconclusive. A more suitable test would be with media that FE/TE claimed could not be recorded at the highest speed (in firmware) and selecting that speed anyway, particularly with a Write Transfer test so that PoweRec fluctuations could be graphed and merged with the FE/TE test graph for comparison purposes. We would then see if PoweRec fine-tunes the burn speed as it goes (ROPC), or merely drops to half the rated speed (in firmware) throughout the entire burn.


There doesn’t appear to be any correlation between FE/TE and PIE, particularly the Focus errors which range from 47 to 15.

nice test ftp1020…thanks for your efforts. looks like FE/TE doesn’t do squat…but why did you not burn at 8X again?

Not available at those addressess anymore.

Agree with DrPino…

The burns at 4x are probably down at the noise level for that media, so no firm conclusions except, nice effort.

Agree with FTP1020, unless you get PowRec to kick in, probably by choosing high speeds on marginal media, it’s just an open ended burn. Still, nice graphics as per your usual…

I wonder if what is actually meant by the wording of the manual on the subject of PowRec using FE/TE information, is that FE/TE information could be gathered “on-the-fly” during the recording, and used to adjust the recording speed automatically, (if enabled)?

Because something is telling it when to slow down. What is it? Why not FE/TE? Instead of getting it in a read pass, it happens simultaneous while writing.

Still not up at the official site!!! Glad I passed on it!

Start scanning for virus’ and trojans!!