some time ago when i was looking for a new drive to replace my old burner i stepped over the SH203B review here.
The review really got me interested and similar reviews in other places looked just as good, so i decided to buy 2 of those drives to be used in my 2 main machines.
While i cant generally complain about the drives because they seemed to write flawlessly, fast and quiet, i hve just recently run into some serious and very annoying isues.
both drives are in 2 completely different machines right now, an nforce570 sli based vista 64 and an nforce 560 based xp 32 machine.
both are connected to the nforce native sata ports. both machines using the latest official chipset drivers and up to date with all windows updates. i also recently updated the firmware to the SB03 version.
Now to the problem:
i was recently ging to rip a 22 disc audiobook on the xp machine. before i even reached disc 15 the whole machine froze completely 3 times and i had to manually reboot the machine (reset switch) since nothing else worked anymore.
i had no idea what was going wrong and assume it might be some bogus software issue, so i continued ripping on a spare notebook.
a good 2 weeks later i decided to finally burn some dvd videos i had lying on my harddisk for ages on my other, vista 64 based machine. im usually using verbatim dvd+r media, so i did this time. out of this batch of about 10 burns, my machine froze a total of 4 times at seemingly random positions of the burning process. thats different to the finalize-freeze topics i found here in this forum.
the freezes occured shortly after starting the burn, right in the middle of the burn and close to the end of it alike.
the only similarity seems t be the nforce based chipset and the onboard nforce sata ports the drives where connected to, but the result were the same, complete machine freezes which forced me to do a manual hardware reset.
the drives keept spinning during these freezes so the only obvious indicator of a fault was the lack of progress in the ripping/burning process.
windows was totally stuck in both cases, so i couldnt close the programs or remove the processes or anything, the mouse pointer movement was the only thing that seemed not to be affected.
has anyone encountered similar issues with this drive or does anyone have any suggestion what i could try next to avoid this issue?
im not 100% if both issues occured after upgrading to SB03 or if the CDDA rip session was before that btw.