I recently got a PC with a new LiteOn LH-201AH drive and am noticing some strange things with it. Chiefly too many errors while burning.
I am slowly going through many FAQs, forum posts, etc up here and it is a bit overwhelming trying to digest everything I’ve read…plus some threads seem rather old and I am not sure which are still valid or the most updated in terms of mentioning tools to use for checking/flashing firmware/etc, so I thought I would also try just posting my direct situation and see what information I can get as of “2007”.
I’ve been primarily using “verbatim 16x -R” media made in taiwan, but have also used some “fujifilm +R” also made in taiwan (of which i 4get the rated speed), and also some unmarked and unknown media that was given to me.
And I am getting about 30-40% bad discs despite burning within the speed limits recommended by the media (12x or 8x). I use Nero v126.96.36.199 for burning. Usually when it has problems it stops and tells me there were write errors. But sometimes it just hangs and although the Nero status box has something in there about write errors occuring the program just won’t quit - and if I try to kill it in task manager it then goes crazy and eats up ALL of the CPU, so the only thing I can do is poweroff the PC!
I think there must be things I can do to diagnose what’s happening - and also decrease the number of bad burns but I’m not sure where to begin. Upgrade firmware? Change some kind of Nero option (what?). Fine tune the PC in general somehow? Use different media (what?)?
I tried following this:
“The best way to get a media support list is to backup your drive’s firmware to a file using LtnFW and then use OmniPatcher to extract the list of supported DVD media codes and their burn speeds.”
But when I “load” the bin file I created with LtnFw into Omnipatcher I get an error that says something like “this firmware does not appear to be valid”, “unable to classify firmware”, and “Omnipatcher was able to locate and parse the media code tables. You may need to upgrade to a newer version of Omnipatcher.” I’m not even sure that I ran LtnFw correctly to capture the firmware, but it appeared to work.
Can anyone point me in the right direction in how to start attacking all this?