I have an old Sony DRX-530UL (External version of 530A). I read from the posts that this particular model of drive is not Lite-On derivativ. After 18 months, it started to give me bad burns e.g. 1 in every 3 burnt recently. The burn itself all successfull except when verified with NERO after each burn, there are some sectors unreadable.
1) are this sign of bad drives? or just something can be solved by EEPROM/Firmware flashing?
Now, I've used CDRW/DVDRW for ages but wouldn't say I'm knowledgable as most of the people here. I decided to buy another Sony the newest 800UL, which is Lite-on 1693s (according to forum).
2) If this is expensive, is there any other Lite-On 1693 that I can buy or does lite-on sell directly?