Quote: Originally Posted by meebers
Have tried several "burn" programs and when I set it to verify the burn, it produces a lot of errors mostly i/o. Is there a SW program that would test/verify the DVD player itself? Player is approximately 5 yrs old NEC 3550A
The symptoms do sound like bad burns. Do you always set your burn speed to 4x or lower? Using high burn speeds, especially on cheap media (no inference intended), is pretty much a sure way to get bad burns.
There are several programs around; SiSoftSandra, Passmark, IfiniDyne CD/DVD Diagnostic, Nero DriveSpeed and Opti Drive Control (Which is from the same people who created the Nero Drivespeed utility).
Optical drives only operate at SATA 1 speeds (1.5mbps), so unless you have no SATA ports on your Mobo I think, given that typical prices for SATA drives are around $20, you'd be better off dumping the IDE drive...