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NEC drive acting up

Discussion in 'DVD / Blu-ray drives' started by ZebUK, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. ZebUK

    ZebUK Member

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    It doesn't seem like I've had my burner long but I think I've burnt around 150 DVDs. I'm not sure how many a drive can burn before it dies but I've got an NEC ND3550A.

    Recently I've experienced problems of some burning ok and others being picked up as blanks when I put them back in the drive although obviously it won't let me burn to them twice. I just updated the firmware from v1.05 to 1.07 and still the same things are happening.

    So, I'm now thinking of buying a new burner. I've just read the sticky regarding which features a drive should have and have taken that all on board.

    What I'm wondering is what would be a good drive to go for next? Can anyone recommend a good burner?

    I can't seem to locate any suppliers of a decent named drive online. I live in the UK and really would like to stay with buying from within the UK.
     
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    Media-related issues such as brand/quality is the cause of 99% of DVD-related problems. Read my sig below on media issues. My 3550a is going on 2000 burns. I use the Liggy's 1.06 Bitsetting firmware.

    In short, if Verbatim and genuine Taiyo-Yuden Premium don't work, and you use a reasonable recording speed, then you might be able to blame your drive.
     
  3. ZebUK

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    Many thanks, I'll take a look at getting some other media for the drive then.

    I did wonder why my CD-Rs burn fine all the time and my DVD burns are "iffy"...
     
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    I've just flashed the drive using Liggy's 1.07 bitsetting firmware update.
     
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    FYI, Verbatim is on sale at OfficeMax $12.99 per 50, and $14.99 per 10 of DVD+R DLs.
     
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    Thanks Dunker, I'll take a look and see how much the postage is to the UK :)
     
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    Buy your Verbatim (Tayio Yuden) disks from SVP - little tip from a fellow UK'er :)
     
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    woohoo thanks Ripper, didn't realise they were the same! I've used SVP a lot in the past as their HQ is close to me (20 mins drive away) :D
     

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