I have the same burner at home and at work - 1633S, 16BS0S firmware. I bought some BenQ 8X +R media (DaxonAZ2 media code), and I get very different results with the two burners. Same movie burned to both DVDs, same speed burn (4X),same program used for burning (Nero 6.606). See the attached comparisons from KProbe2. Note that I have done 6-7 test burns with this media on the work computer, on 1 burn with this media on the home computer.
The home burner burns great, the work burner awful. Yet on other media they both produce identical results. Neither burner would even recognize TAIYO YUDEN DVD+R 8X media (!!!) - This media just locked up Nero! Both burn Verbatim 4X and 8X (VERBATIM DATALIFEPLUS DVD+R 8X) media really well, as well as OPTODISC ACRO CIRCLE SUPER GRADE DVD-R 4X media. In fact, The burns on the Verbatim and Optodisc media make the attached home burn result look bad in comparison!
I was thinking of using the EEPROM utilty to back up my work EEPROM, and then copy my home EEPROM to my work drive. Or could I have a bad drive at work? Or just some weird media incompatability?
This really makes me wonder how valid all the model/media results are. Is media compatability related to individual drives, not to models lines?