I've got a question for y'all if that's okay!
I just RMA'd a NEC ND-3550A I bought recently, because it showed elevated PIE/PIF spikes at exactly the 3.85GB mark -- on no matter which media I used. But here's the thing: it only shows up on media I burn with it at 12X...
Does anybody know why this is?
The reason I'm asking is because for some reason almost the same thing seems to be happening with my ND-3540A these days, but with a smaller (but consistent) spike location of about 3.80GB. It only happens when the DVD-R media is burned at 12X though! 2X, 4X, 8X and 16X work just fine.. (with the exception that 16X is overal lower in quality -- which is why I prefer burning at 12X).
I'm using good media: SONY16D1 to be exact, and the test discs I pulled were from different spindles -- to eliminate the probability of a bad batch or something like that.
The fact that this type of spike shows up on BOTH independant NEC drives at or around the same location, leads me to believe that it's some sort of manufactering defefect or something with NEC?
Has anyone else experienced such a phenomenon?
Thanks for any input you guys provide!
I just upgraded my burners to the BenQ DW1655 and Lite-On SHM-165H6S so I won't feel too bad if nobody knows why this sort of thing is happening.. I just thought I'd ask anyway, to see if my ND-3540A should stick around.
PS- Sorry all my scans are at 16X.. for some reason I'm not getting reliable scan results at the 8X level -- another phenomenon I have yet to figure out! (All scans at the 5X, 12X, and 16X speeds on both drives show relatively the same results.. but 8X is just wacko!)
PPS- I thought the ND-3540A and the ND-3550A contained totally different hardware? How can they be related in the first place?