Hi there all,
New to the group and new to the recordable DVD format. Having finally got the PC upgraded, I decided to purchase a DVD writer. After looking around for a while, I plumped for a new Plextor 708A, as I thought it was probably the best long term bet, albeit expensive. A couple of friends also said they thought Plextor made very good kit.
I bought a few assorted single DVD-R/-RW and DVD+R/+RW this weekend to see if I could find the best one and a good fit for my Sony DAV S550 player (Verbatim, Memorex, Imation, Panasonic, Packard Bell [;-(]). Just couldn’t wait to try it out as I’ve been wanting one for a year or so. Sadly, not one was recognised by the drive.
I called Plextor’s help line this morning and the chap I spoke with aksed what speed the media was. I said it varied but most were x2.4. He said that the following media guidance should be applied:
- DVD +R - Needs to be 8 Speed
- DVD +R/W - Needs to be 4 Speed
- DVD-R - Need to be 4 Speed
- DVD-R/W - Need to be 2 Speed
Actually looking at the specs on their wwwsite, it clearly states that the drive can burn at various speeds and several of you have already reported results with other discs.
So what’s going on? I connected the 708 as a slave. The 708 manual recommends that it designated master and that no other connection is on that cable. Obviously this is unrealistic, so I took no notice. Could this be the root of the problem?
Can Nero be the problem (Iâ€™m using 126.96.36.199)? Am I being really dumb and missing a fundamental thing â€“ like do you have to format DVDs first?? I have installed Plextools and the drive is recognised and plays prerecorded DVDs fine and also burn CD-Rs AOK. Any suggestions? Many thanks.