I'm new to DVD burning, but I guess this was a bad purchase, since I don't know anyone else who has had the trouble I've had. I've successfully made backups of 3 movies. Since 2 weeks ago, this drive continues to get an I/O error everytime I try to burn .iso from Decrypter (single layer originals). I now have 4 coasters and this media is too much $ for wasting. I use DVD Shrink and Decrypter. I did not have Nero but I did install the aspi layer via a program.
I've since upgraded the firmware to BYS3, but the error is exactly the same. I noticed today that just ripping audio files from this drive to hd was extremely slow. So I checked for PIO mode on that 2nd IDE channel and it isn't there. It is set to Ultra DMA 2, which is not best but the other drive on that channel has no issues whatsoever. So maybe there is something I'm overlooking? This drive was almost $80 and I'd hate to think it was garbage already. Heck my 4x cd-rom still works after 7 years.
More info: I just inserted a dvd in that drive and it took almost 2 minutes for it to identify it. DVD Rom same channel, took about 20 seconds.