As a Mod though I try and bear in mind the interests of everyone reading the thread and not just the person I’m replying to.
All I can say is that your own experiences appear to contradict that, which could be down to inconsistencies in production batches or perhaps even the reported longevity claims aren’t in actuality quite as good as they’re claimed to be (and I have seen negative reports regarding RitekF1 in this regard before).
As Pepst has said some drives are better readers than others. This is possibly down to differences in the error correction routines but in general I’ve also noticed that DVD writers seem to be better at reading problem discs than ROM drives.
Hard to tell without seeing it but that sounds like a bad batch to me as the entirety of the written portion of the disc should be a uniform colour. Banding can appear though and this is quite normal as the firmware may be set to alter the write strategy for different portions of the disc.
Bulkpaq are definitely poor but I still have my doubts that RitekF1 can be regarded as premium grade media and unfortunately your own negative experiences would seem to confirm that.
Personally I think the problem is with the media but you may want to upgrade your firmware to help confirm this for you.
Ahh I see, no worries about that
Righto, so I’ll break down an update as to what the problem is. The dye in itself has proven to be quite stable in my experience and I trust it far better than the Bulkpaq crap I was previously using. Although brand names mean nothing, I’ve been a huge Maxell fanboy since their cassette days, and since their RitekF1 discs can be got for as much as CMC MAG AM3 - To get inferior, constantly retweaking dyes doesn’t make sense to me, but I was assured by the good people of MyCE that this dye was stable, and was based on the Fuji Oxo Life dye ( I think that’s what it’s called) which has gotten some good rep
I have updated the firmware for my BenQ but still similar results. I don’t like this skittishness, I can’t afford to be ignorant and say "Oh, it’s just my burner playing up, because if my DVDs are really going, I better back 'em up before their going, going gone! :Z
This term “banding” - What does this mean? I’m still new here and I’ve never come across this phrase I’m assuming that because certain writers vary their speed during the burning process (like my DVD recorder) the colours of the disc can vary slightly from light to a darker tone of magneta (Since Ritek dyes are usually darker than the Fake TY / CMC combo).
If the uber uber discs that can’t be replaced ( ) work on my mums Sony (LiteOn, it seems…) laptop DVD-ROM reader, I can be assured it’s not all disaster. Even for a Ritek dye, 3 months isn’t very long and I know the F1 can perform much better than so.