RMA or not to RMA?

vbimport

#1

I noticed that my drive with Powerrec ON or OFF it would a burn real bad PIF’s at the end of the disc around 3-4 gig. If it does this on TYG01 you could imagine what all the other ones look like.
Plextor 716A AS:ON PR:ON TYG01 at 4x

Here is a scan on my liteon for a comparison ITS the same disc

Its kinda strange how a sum1 scan on the plextor shows a big spike, but on a liteon scan its not there. It does this to my other media too, is this really worth it to RMA?


#2

If the spikes happen to all of your TYG01, than it’s probably your media. Did you try other media, TYG02 maybe?


#3

As I’ve said many times before; the PI/PO tests are to be taken with a grain of salt. They represent how a particular drive can read a particular disc. The only thing that is important after burning a disc is if it can be read back without problems. In case of a DVD-Video disc back-up, I personally think that the only important thing is that my DVD players can read the disc without pixilation or hiccups. Your scans confirm what I’ve said: one drive sees a max PIF of 6 while another sees a max PIF of 3. Which drive is right? Neither… or both (depending on how you look at it really). Hope this helps you a little.


#4

Yeah I know that the scans are diffrent, its kinda funny how some people would get a consistant scan, so far I have never got a scan that looks the same on the plextor and the liteon. Plextor would report errors on a disc and the liteon would not. I kinda trust the liteon more now since most of my scans on generic media with the plextor goes way out there. I’ll try diffrent media, prob 5 diffrent brands from the recommended list and see what I get. Right now blaming the drive is the last thing I want to do. Well the disc works fine where ever I put it into, reading all about the quality checks problem people been having got me a little worried. Thanks for your advise guys got more testing to do…


#5

giver411, like zevia said… I would definitely try some other media before even considering RMA’ing the drive. All I burn is mainly TY, and I’ve gone thru a lot of it, and something I’ve learned is just because it’s TY doesn’t mean it’s perfect media. I’ve had batches of TY02 with spikes at the end, TYG02 with a few spikes, etc… Don’t get me wrong, TY is good stuff.:iagree:, it’s just not perfect all the time.

You mentioned the scans looking different in Kprobe than they do in Plextools, and vice versa. Of all the media I’ve ever burned… TY02 +R is about the only media that I’ve seen that would look basically the same in Kprobe and Plextools.(and I wouldn’t read anything into that) Like G@M3FR3@K said… I’d take that with a grain of salt. Good luck.