Okay, I’m new to DVD burning, so I’ve been burning lots of test coasters with Nero and Plextools and it’s taken me awhile to figure a few things out. A least I think I’ve got some things figured out. And some not. See if what I observe makes sense. I’m using Verbatim DVD+R 8x (MCC 003) disks in my new PX716A. If I allow Nero Tools free rein to burn a data test disk, it will ramp things up to 12x. When I scan these, I’ve tended to get errors, some serious. (I can post scans, if you like.) Okay, makes sense, they’re 8x rated disks. So, I finally force Nero Tools to create the test disk at 8x and all scans are fine. So then I used Plextools to do a Media Quality Check (Plextools 2.2.-Drive Settings-Advanced-Autostrategy Media Quality Check). At 12x it reports “The drive may not write correctly . . .” and at 8x it reports all is well. Now here’s the problem. CD/DVD Info says the writes speed for this media by DRIVE SPECIFICATION is up to 12x. And indeed I observed some apps (e.g., Nero Recode) burn a DVD at 12x (which showed less than healthy scans). On those real-world DVDs that I recorded at 8x, the scans looked fine.
FWIW, there are no Added Write Strategies in the Autostrategy database.
Here’s what I think is happening. The Plextor firmware 4 Autostrategy database must list these disks as okay at 12x, whereas they are not so good at this speed. So, if I force 8x in Plextools, will it carry over to Nero apps? Do I need to force 8x in Nero somewhere? Can I get Autostrategy to recognize what its own Media Quality Check recognizes, that 12x is a bad idea for MCC 003s? Or have I completely misunderstood what I’m looking at?
Thanks for your help.