After about 7 months of mild use, my 716A has started to go off again!
It's had increasing trouble with the early/middle sectors; The first few cylinders right after the lead in would just be a huge error spike, up in the 800's in the PI/PO test, with a very off-kilter Beta and very high Jitter ratings.
Then things settle down 'til about the 1.5GB Mark, where it just goes totally ape-shit until about half-way (Jitter and PIE goes through the roof, hitting over 1000 for the PIE!!), at which point it drops back to its expected sub-1- PIEs!!!!
Should I even bother RMA'ing this thing?! It'd be my fifth drive by my reckoning...
Or should I just get something else?
Any suggestions on that one? I've gone off Plextor a bit, and given their new drivers are decidedly Linux-unfriendly, that removes a lot of the reason for going with them. In fact, the only one left really is their support, which is excellent, but even awesome support can't turn a pig's ear into a decent dual-layer DVD burner...!