I tried a second SOHW-812S and got the same poor results with the BeAll 4X DVD-R media.
I tried one Memorex DVD+RW disc and also got unusable results. The disc would not read all the way through. However, I did a quick erase, and not a full format, so I will avoid passing judgement on this media yet. I will try again with a virgin disc.
I picked up a 50-pack of Fuji 4X DVD+R media and confirmed it is RICOHJPNR01. I burned it at 4X and got reasonably good results. I burned it at 8X and got even better results.
I will try to post this scans this evening.
Has anyone tried to return a partially used spindle to Meritline? They claim to offer a 100% money-back guarantee on the BeAll media.
Unfortunately this +R media is somewhat useless to me without a booktype setting utility. I need the discs to work in my XBOX!