I've been a longtime reader of these forums, but just registered today due to frustration with a new Plextor 708a I bought last week.
For the price I paid for this, in comparison with other DVD writers, I would expect to be able to put a piece of bread in the drive and have it burn toast. Unfortunately this seems to be a massively picky drive about media, which may be my real problem. In any case, I have to ask myself, why would I want to keep a drive that is so picky when I could buy one for half the price that burns and reads my disks just fine? I have a friend that just bought a Lite-On, and he hasn't experienced any of the problems I have, and we both have been using the same media.
I've read the sticky FAQ in this board, and have tried just about everything in it except removing the device and IDE channel from the Device Manager and rebooting. I'll try that when I get home. I'm using the latest firmware (1.06) and the drive is the only IDE drive in my computer. I've tried it as master on the primary and secondary channel with no difference. It is running in DMA mode. I ran the self-diagnostic, and it passed, so that was no help.
Here are some of the problems I've experienced with this drive:
1) Burned a movie ISO image to DVD (StarLogic), ejected, reinserted the DVD, and the Plextor would not read it. It would lock my computer until I ejected it again. That same DVD then read fine in my Lite-On DVD reader, as well as the DVD player in my entertainment system.
2) The stack of Imation CDRs, which Iâ€™ve been using without issue in my Lite-On 52x24x52 drive, have been 75% rejected by the Plextor 708a. Before even attempting to write, I get an error in both Nero and Alcohol 120% and the drive ejects the CD. I have had some success retrying these rejected CDs if I burn at the slow speed of 4x.
3) I burned a data DVD in the Plextor, took it to work, and got so many read errors trying to read the DVD that I gave up.
4) I burned a movie ISO image to DVD at work on a Pioneer burner, took it home, and the Plextor would read the first 5 minutes of it before choking and getting read errors. Again, the DVD read fine in my player and my Lite-On DVD reader.
I'm probably going to RMA the thing and just get a Lite-On or NEC, but I figured I'd try everything and get as many suggestions as possible first.