Hey folks, been reading through this site and decided I would post my problem regarding the 4166B.
So far with this drive, I've had maybe a 2% success rate, and even those few aren't oustanding there are a few damaged areas when using Nero's surface scan.
I've used a few different medias, Memorex DVD-Rs, HP DVD+Rs, Staples DVD+Rs, and most recently Verbatim DVD-Rs, so far only the HP DVD+Rs have come out as a success the rest are in the trash.
Here are the Manufacturer IDs for the media:
HP & Memorex: CMC MAG. AE1
Staples : OPTODISCR004
Verbatim: MCC 03RG20 (which I've read is decent quality)
The drive itself is on its own ATA channel with UDMA enabled, all of my harddrives are SATA so the DVD-ROM and writer get their own PATA controllers to themselves.
Most often I get the no seek complete error, with the occaisonal write error, this is with Nero 7 Ultra Edition, not the software the drive came with. I have also tried all the write speeds, and the only success I've had so far was with an 8x speed, it managed to complete a write @ 16x with the verbatim but the disc was unreadable.
My hardware specs:
AMD Athlon 64-bit 3200+
Windows XP Professional 64-bit edition (I am somewhat worried that this may be the problem)
1GB DDR @ 400MHz
Nvidia nForce 3 250
I can give more detailed specs if needed.
The drive is also sporting the 1.01 firmware dated: 11/14/05, and as of yet, I've had no successful writes with the newer firmware, the the 1.00 wasn't that much better.
Let me know if you folks have any other ideas, I am fairly thoroughly stumped, did a fresh install of windows to make sure it wasn't something else messing up Nero.
PS: Drive writes CDs flawlessly, and it can read anything i toss in there, just doesn't want to write DVDs, all I want to do is backup data.