Hi, like the post says, I recently bought the 3540A drive based on the review here. I bought this drive to replace my Toshiba SDR-5002, which I’ve had for a long time and have done a couple hundred DVD-R burns on. All of these discs have been recorded with Ritek G03’s and G04’s, using primarily PrimoDVD or Stomp RecordMax, with the disc closed and data verification on (on the rare event that it happened, I never kept a disc where data verification failed).
The problem is that while every single disc I have can still be read flawlessly on my Toshiba, my new 3540A drive has been having many problems being able to read these. On many of my older discs I encounter CRC errors, where the Toshiba runs into no problems at all.
More recently, I’ve run a test where I burned a DVD-R with an .AVI filling the disc (using Ritek G04’s) using the Toshiba drive a couple weeks ago, then burned the same .AVI using the NEC. While copying the actual file works, when I playback these discs off the drive, I’m finding one scene in particular where the NEC drive causes the movie to stutter, but in the Toshiba it plays without a problem. This occurs with BOTH DISCS, the one burned on the Toshiba, and the one burned on the NEC itself.
After running the Nero CD/DVD speed test, I’m finding that the burn quality is apparently much better on the NEC drive (I can post the results if you want), however the fact that the NEC can’t read my old DVD-R’s accurately and that it stutters on playback of a movie I burned with the drive itself has me concerned. I won’t be able to use the Toshiba forever, I’m wondering if you have any suggestions as to what I should do. I’ve thought of updating the firmware (it only has 1.01 right now), but I was unclear as to which version I should use as I’m not familiar with a lot of the issues or terminology that various firmware version address.
Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
Athlon 64 3400+
Windows XP Pro
NEC 3540A as master on secondary channel
Toshiba SDR-5002 as a slave on secondary channel
DMA enabled on both drives
Let me know if you need any more information