The LiteOn should really know what it is doing without me having to force a different speed, especially on a drive that is supposed to be able to burn well on anything. I didn't buy a 16x drive and 16x discs to have to burn at half speed. I might try it as an experiment, but it's not really a viable fix.
Besides, during that first half of the burn, it probably is running at around the 8x mark according to Nero. The second half of the disk where speeds rise above 8x is actually better.
Will OHT even work with FHT off? My understanding is that for HT only runs by default for an unknown disc, so if the disc is known, there is no HT, so OHT won't be running no matter what.
Yes, but I was really hoping that it was not the case! Especially as LiteOn bought the Benq drive operation, and certainly some of the tech and ideas have been used, it seems to me that it's just a fault in the disc strategy. I've mailed them about it in the hope it's fixed in the future.
The Benq was having issues of it's own with newer discs, and it is certainly slower. I think I may have worn out the laser diode. I have another 1650 that's only had very light use that I am tempted to put back into the machine, but to be honest I don't want to go back to having any PATA devices if I can help it.