This is an intermittent problem with this samsung drive and/or software....
The problem seems intermittent because I've compressed the data I was backing up (video files) and the burn went fine.. however I tried that with another batch of video files and the pma update failure returns.. go figure..
the capacity sizes written were about in the 3800-4300mb range. I've read another thread that said something happens in this range that allows a pma update failure to occur.
I try re-installing nero, but that's a PITA.. as it needs to be cleaned/wiped properly to uninstall... nero loves leaving traces of itself behind.. as the sofware gets bigger & bloated so does the removal process.
Specs: samsung sh-s203n, nec3500g
wd 400gb (2005ish)
win 7 ultimate
msi gd65 m/b
msi 5750 ati
I've gone for a while without the pma failure issue rearing it's ulgy head and now it's back again. I'm half-way into a verbatim dvd+r azo 100 pack.... and I doubt verbatim is mixing in crappy discs just to throw me off because rarely if ever get a pma error from my nec drive. I seldom use it because there is a buffer fill problerm which causes the writing process to empty throughout the burn so it will fix those constantly throughout the writing process which shows up in scans (drive--nec 3500g is telling me it's time to be replaced, no?)
Most recent m/b bios update was to fix reporting of hard drive size errors and to expand ram compatability. All system drivers seem to be the proper ones.
I'll also get around to posting a log sooner or later.. just ask..