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! :sad:
Thank you very much for your help.