I’ve seen a number of reviews that have criticised the quality of writing with the asus 4816a writer and just thought I’d share my experiences as this is the writer I own.
I’m using Nero cd speed to guage quality. I don’t know if this is a “standard” wasy of checking or if there is a preferred way?
I used a bunch of test files equal to about 695mb for testing.
I have some “Melody” cd-r’s that are rated at 40x. When I fired up Nero, it gave the option of writing at 48x on these, so being a new writer and having moved from a 4 x4 x32 writer I figured I’d try the fastest I could ,…
Whilst it said it was successful, when testing it came up with a bunch of yellow and red sectors (mainly in the last 5-10 mins of the disc)
Then I tried dropping to 40x and trying again - same results, although not quite as pronounced.
When burning at 32x it all seemed fine though. I put these experiences down to the bad quality weriting as the reviews had suggested.
I then tried some generic cd’s that I picked up froma couple of local shops. One of these was supposedly rated at 48 x and the other didn’t specify. The “48 x” cd’s would only detect and burn at 16 x … a bit dissapointing, but oh well. Unfortunately, I get mixed results with these - some work okay, some don’t, regardless of speed - I guess this is a media problem. The other one’s (unspecified) would also only burn at 16 x and although the results are better, they also intermittently produce errored discs …
I then saw some Imation discs that had been “made” for a local electronics shop and picked them up. they were rated at 48 x. didn’t hold out a lot of hope on this, but figured what the hell and tried them at 48x. No errors whatsoever with cd speed. Hmmm, unusual (though I wasn’t complaining) … Tried other sets of files, all at 48 and everything seems fine so far (fingers crossed).
I haven’t tried audio/vcd as yet, just data, but it looks encouraging so far …
Anyway, if you’ve bothered reading this far down, I’d be interested to hear peoples thoughts on this and/or any other experiences.
Ona side note, any ideas on firmware for the asus drives? I heard that there was (supposedly) going to something released?