Hi,[QUOTE=ozmodes;2510221]thanks for the quick reply Michael.[/quote]You’re Welcome
We have tried several of the model 223c drives, connected to two different model Asus motherboards (m2npv-vm and m3n78-vm) w/ and w/o using a siig sata card.
Both motherboards have a Nvidia chipset. Sometimes there are issues, which are often related to the Sata controller drivers. Either trying MS generic drivers or using latest version from Nvidia helped sometimes.
Siig Sata card: You mean Silicon Image? Was that a card in Raid mode or the non-Raid version? Controllers in Raid mode are not recommended for optical drives.
It is Verbatim cd-r media (purchased in bulk, not sure exact model? can find out if you think it is necessary).
Could you please check the MID with Nero CD/DVD Speed (or DiscSpeed)?
I personally would prefer blank CD-R from Taiyo Yuden. This is the most compatible stuff.
[QUOTE=ozmodes;2510224]oh, just as posted reply, saw that the model Sony we tried was the same as you recommended. But due to the write strategy of Z-CLV creating burn rings, we can’t use them (it’s a really just because reason and was told can’t use them for our purposes)[/QUOTE]Have you tried different write speeds? I wouldn’t expect rings at 16x or 8x (no idea what minimum speed is supported by that drive).
With Nero CD/DVD Speed (or Disc Speed) you can “see” what the drive does using the “Create disc” tab.
For me, this Optiarc is the most compatible CD-writer you can buy as new. But if these “rings” are a show stopper, then you have to stick with inferior hardware.
[QUOTE=ozmodes;2510236]little update, just tried the latest sb03 firmware for the 223c, no improvement[/QUOTE]Somehow I expected this.