My story of woe started when I purchased a Sony DW d22A, please keep reading it gets a lot worse. Sure it wasn't very good, fussy with media, no firmware support and a yo-yo for a buffer, but it did the job.
I decided to rectify my mistake with the purchase of an NEC4550A (hurray I hear you say) but when I tried to burn to my new drive it would not get passed th Lead In and always resulted in a reboot. I tried datawrite, tuff disc, ridisc, bulkpak (all dvd-r 8x) using nero and dvd decrypter, but no joy. But I had success with all media using the rather slow majic iso software.
My sony (still fitted) was working fine with all my burning software, I even swapped the drives around(remembering to attend to the master/slave jumpers) but the result was just the same.
I decided I must have a duff drive so I threw caution to the wind Removed the NEC and purchased a Pioneer 110 (rock solid, Can't go wrong). Before using it I upgraded the firmware from the official site and looked forward to faultless burning.But NO !!!!
Same problem but worse, this wouldn't even burn a cd or DVD with any software or media,(ridisc, phillips, tuffdisc, Bulkpaq, ritek,data safe), in fact over 40 discs later, not one single success.
Surely this is no coincidence, my sony is working as well as it ever did, but the trusted NEC4550 and Pioneer 110 cannot get passed the lead in. (both drives will read)