First of all hello to everyone and just to say I am glad to participate in this forum.
Here is my story. I purchased a SOHW-1633S in November 2004. My first media was Verbatim +R 8X and it worked just fine. Later on I moved to something cheaper, like Bulkpaq -R 8X, which I finally trashed since every recording (even at 6x and 4x) generated errors and CRCs on most sectors.
I got Datawrite Titanium 8X and thought all works fine, I also changed the firmware to BS0S in case there was a compatibility problem. However I kept getting errors on my DVDs and especially those that have many files and subdirectories. The most strange thing is that some DVDs were not even readable by the recorder itself. I just recorded one, I put it in and it takes about 30'' crashing all around without being able to show the content.
Just to verify what I am writting, I also tried the DVDs in other readers and recorders and in general they have plenty of errors. I feel a little fed up with this situation and I recall my nice old recordings with a plextor cdrw 16x smooth and without verification procedures ever.
Someone recommended me the LITEON and that is why I purchased it. The reading seems very good but I have all these problems in the recording. I am using Nero 126.96.36.199. The hardware is fine, unless we consider the recorder. As for the software I don't think there is anything wrong during the rec process. There is something wrong with the whole thing, cos I've been recording for many years and this behaviour is very unstable (once the DVD can be read and once not).
Can someone with the same burner give some advice please. I need to find out if the part has a fault or if it's not as good as they say finally.
Also pls offer some information on the media, i.e TDK, Tayo Yuden,Datawrite etc which one is best for 8X and most compatible. That might help me figure out if it is the media or something.
Thanks a lot