Forgive my ignorance but I did a little reading on what soft errors are (I’m a very slightly farmiliar with soft errors caused by memory but have never heard them called that and not farmiliar with bus soft errors caused by noise). From what I understand soft errors are, based on having just read a little about it, I wonder, how could you possibly know from scanning a dvd disk that the computer had soft errors? As I understand it, soft errors are single bit errors where the value of a single bit has changed due to causes such as radioactive decay (in old chips) or static electricity, or noise on the bus is interpreted as data (not sure if that noise is caused by radio interference from another electronic device or damage to the bus).
It would seem to me that if you had a bad soft noise problem then all kinds of data would be getting corupted on your computer and it would be constantlly crashing. Have you had any problems with your computer?
I wonder if cd/dvd inspector is using the term “soft errors” to describe single bit errors when reading the disk? In other words it is just reading the disk and reporting exactly how many bits it reads that seem to be eronious?
If that is what it is doing, would it be possible that the errors are just normal errors? Dvd’s always have errors, even pressed (prerecorded) dvds. Error corection is built into the dvd format. Even a little scratch on the disk can cause some data to become unreadable and cause errors.
Read this on dvd errors
Further, even if your system is working perfectlly, using cheap media or media that is not compatible with your drive/firmware will cause extensive errors.
This media is considered one of the best and there was nothing wrong with the drive that burned it but it had very high errors because the firmware didn’t support it.
As you can see, there were 11618774 errors that were technically recoverable and 201680 unrecoverable (thats a LOT of errors). This disk is completely unreadable of course.
Here is the same type of disk on the same drive after a firmware update
errors were 74061 and 622 (substantially less because the firmware update fixed a compatibility problem, not because the hardware or media was defective).
I don’t know enough about soft errors to say that you do not have a hardware problem but I still suspect that what you are seeing are normal errors (it could be a bad burn though, for reasons not related to hardware falure).
I would try to find out a little more about what cd/dvd inspector is reporting as soft errors and how they are suposed to be interpreted. After all, maybe I am wrong here, but how could you say that a single bit error found scanning a dvd was caused by a soft error on your computer, and not just a normal dvd data error? Is you system having problems (crashes and data coruption on the computer) that would indicate soft errors are occuring?
Anybody that is more of an expert in this area want to coment?