I picked up a couple of the Fuji 30pks at Staples that come in three colors when they were on sale for $9 a month or two ago. Each color was a different batch, except for green, which was made up of two different batches. Since burning through them:
GG000095 (Yellow) - Wonderful, works every time.
GG000107 (Blue) - Works most of the time, one coaster so far.
GG000103 (Green) - Works about half the time.
GG000118 (Green) - Coastered every time.
My criteria for a “working” disc is one that will give back a nice, smooth transfer rate curve in CDSpeed. I’ve done most of the burning on my BenQ 1640, which has completed the burn process each time at full speed, except on the 118’s, in which WOPC forced the speed down a bit. Getting a little frustrated, I hooked up my old Plextor 712A, and gave a scan to a 107 burnt on the BenQ. I had previously done a quality scan on this disc in the BenQ and gotten a 97, but did not have a smooth read curve. The Plextor gave me a smooth read curve, but after a full battery of PxScan tests, seemingly stopped even reporting jitter about where the transfer rate curve went crazy for the BenQ. I burned one of each in the Plextor, as well… The 95 was perfect, as expected; the 107 read back fine in the Plex but gave me an “Unrecovered Read Error” in the BenQ before it even started reading; the 103 had the same crappy transfer rate curve (attached below); and the 118 had a session fixation error at the end of writing and coastered.
Needless to say, I’m a bit frustrated with Taiyo Yuden. Can anyone shed some light on why they’re acting so weird?