Posted 14 January 2009 - 05:49 PM
My burner is going. It's a Philips 8631 that came in my Dell Dimension 8400. I must have been one of the lucky ones because I've discovered the 8631 appearantly had a reputation of working or not. Mine worked, but, only after updating the firmware. Anyways, it's giving me problems now. I ran Nero CD-DVD speed tool. I burned a test dvd and during the anylsis of that dvd, I got an ugly number of errors...in the millions. Then I started getting "focus servo failure" errors. I decided instead of fighting with tracking the problem down, I'd just replace it instead. Especially since the cost of burners isn't that much now. As a result, I have a couple questions.
First, the Philips 8631 uses an IDE connection. The motherboard in my Dimension 8400 has SATA connections too. My first instinct is to leave it alone and stick with IDE since the working dvd-rom drive is IDE and the Philips is connected on the same ribbon. I think it would be easier to replace with another IDE dvd burner than creating a situation where there is an IDE dvd-rom drive and a SATA dvd-burner. Am I wrong about this and should concider an SATA or stick with my gut and get another IDE dvd burner?
Second, what dvd burner is good now? I guess what I mean is, what is a great/reliable dvd burner? I use Verbatim DVD-R discs (up to 16x) and have had great success with Memorex CD-R discs (up to 52x). Besides, I have about 50 of each sitting in front of me as I type this and don't want to waste them if the drive I get is tempermental about media. I did a search on this forum and the internet to see if I could find something, but, either the information is limited, outdated, or ends up like a Ford vs Chevy discussion.
Lastly, I did see a couple burners that grabbed my attention, but, they are newer and have limited user reviews/opinions. So, does anyone have any information on the Pioneer DVR-116DBK (or maybe it was 116D), Lite-On iHAP422-08, Lite-On DH-20A4P-04, and LG GH22LP20?
Any thoughts, help, recommendations are greatly appreciated! Thanks!!!