Hi everyone! This is my first post, so please bare with my ignorance.
I have had a Plextor 708A drive for nearly 3 years. It has served me well and done a remarkable job keeping up with how many discs I feed through it. Recently, though, I noticed that there were these rings around the outside of the discs (approximately 1 to 2 mm in size). I thought it may have been the media (Verbatim 16x +R’s), and I tried Sony (16x +R’s) and got the same result. The problem only occurs when I burn at 8x. If I burn at 4x, there has been no problems - so far. The rings make the discs unreadable MOST OF THE TIME when I try to re-read them (sometimes, they are still able to be ripped to the hard drive).
Does anyone know what the issue MIGHT be and if it can be fixed? I am preparing to buy a new DVD burner and am wondering what new burner would be best. The Plextor 760A looks great, but its twice the cost of the LG GSA-H22N and Pioneer DVR-111D, both very well rated drives. If I must buy another burner (I know this might be a loaded question in a Plextor subforum), does anyone have any recommendations?
Thank you very kindly for your time!