I sold my old PC and stupidly included my Samsung SH203 with it. I got pretty good if not great burns with it, but figured that for $20 (and the buyer wanted a burner) I could “upgrade.”
After reading a bunch of threads, I first bought an ASUS DRW-24B1ST (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204) for my new PC build (Win 7 64). The Asus was manufactured in Oct 2010 and has firmware v1.04 which as noted in other threads, cannot be flashed back to firmware 1.03 (I even called Asus tech â€œsupportâ€ on that).
The first burn using Verbatim DVD+Rs was mediocre, but the next two were very good. However, I could NOT burn any Maxell DVD+RDL using Imgburn or CDBurnerXP. I mean that literally â€“ it either hangs up setting the layer break or trying to start writing the lead-in. I did a web search (incl. Imgburn forum), and couldnâ€™t find anything other than it is most likely a media issue.
Since it could be a media issue (my luck), I ordered a 30 pack of Verbatim 8X DVD+R DL, but delivery is delayed a few days due to weather so I still donâ€™t have them. NewEgg had a sale so I bought a Lite-On iHAS-324-98B retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334) in the hope that the issue was firmware related. Nope. Same result for the Maxell DLs â€“ no good. I just got it so I havenâ€™t had a chance to burn a couple Verbatim DVD+Rs, but will do so shortly. Iâ€™m sure they will be fine.
I know Verbatim & Taiyo are the best blank media, but Iâ€™ve never had such problems with media & software like Iâ€™ve had with these drives. In over hundreds of CD & DVD burns Iâ€™ve done over the past few years, Iâ€™ve never had a failure to start burning and very few â€œcoastersâ€ overall. More importantly, I burn a few â€œtestâ€ CDs & DVDs when editing/encoding/recording video & audio. Thus being able to burn less expensive media for trial & error is important.
My questions are as follows:
(1) Should I return one of the drives and get something else (Sony, LG, Samsung, whatever), or is having a Media Tek chipset the best (or one of the best) option(s) for burn quality as well as scanning among the currently available DVD-RWs?
(2) If I should get something else, then what should I get and which one should I return? The Asus was OEM & the Lite-On retail if that matters. Should I do a DVD test burn or two with the Lite-On or is it likely they will have the same results quality wise?
Sorry for the long post, but I really could use some help. I’m not in a position to keep wasting money buying DVD burner after DVD burner or wasting blank media. I like to get a Blu-Ray burner at some point. Furthermore, I certainly canâ€™t keep wasting time solving what seems to be endless hardware issues. It’s been nothing but problems for four months now with this new build!
Thank you very much for your help.