There it goes again... (716A->Dying!)

vbimport

#1

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…!


#2

I just bought a 716A and burned my first Taiyo DVD-R with it. I did a quick Pi/Po test and saw some interesting results. It certainly doesn’t look as good as my NEC 3520.

The graph looks somewhat like this throughout the DVD-R:

…####…
…##########…
#…##########…
##…###########…
############################################

Is this the same thing you’re experiencing? On a related note, if I’m not actively using Plextools, should I not have the program running when burning with a different app?

Robert


#3

What speed are you burning that TYG02 at? I wouldn’t go above 8x.


#4

Valnar: Yes! Like that, although the peak is slightly more to the left and a LOT taller…

Here’s an example - A burn of the most recent Knoppix4 EN DVD ISO.



#5

Looks more like media issues. If the laser or mechanics were flaky the whole write would be off or the servos would error out.


#6

A’hah! But I have an NEC 3520A which burns this 8x TY media just fine.

Robert


#7

I considered that, but this is the pattern with all media - Different manufacturers, DVD+R, -R, +R DL, CDR, CDRW…

On some it’s less pronounced, but on ALL of them this ‘error spike’ pattern is there :frowning: