Honestly, reading this forum i wonder is there any OK working plextor 708a drive lol
Just bought one - TLA#0204, manufactured january 2004, and
had bad times configuring - worked only when i put it as secondary master. until then it didnt burn cd-r/rw, all coasters, didnt try any dvd burning. I use nero 184.108.40.206.
Then burned 3 DVD+R discs, verbatim 4x certified from one batch, although for some strange reason 1 of them reads faster than others on the same drive, tested by nero dvdspeed...
DVD+RW burned ok, medianca 2.4x certified, read speed ok.
CD-R burned ok, tried different media - eproformance, verbatim -
read speed ok, although lead-out writing is slow...
But the biggest problems are with CD-RW writing/reading -
tried using different media - princo, verbatim and eproformance cd-rws 2-12x and 16-24x certified, - and only discs that can be read after writing are verbatim datalifeplus 16-24x.
Nero shows that disc is written successfully but then it cannot read it and hangs with crc data error.
Sometimes 708a drive slows down while reading cd-rws it burned,
and hangs completely, but sometimes after slowing down it spins up and reads data successfully.
I tried to run self-diagnostic test as desribed in plextor support faq, and it ended by not ejecting disc and blinking 1 time per second (i waited for 15minutes then rebooted).
Does that mean that i have defective drive ?