DVDepressed wrote:You are all talking about the neat features on the DRU-500A
None of you are talking about the DRU-500As incompatibility and failure to work with all brands of media except sony, tdk and kodak
THIS DRIVE IS REALLY NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME
You should be careful about posting incorrect information and making such a strong statement in all caps!
I own the drive and have personally burned 2 types of media that you didn't mention:
(Prodisc 2X and DVDPro 1X (DVDPro is actually not supposed to work).
All four types of media I had on hand (TDK, Prodisc, DVDPro and Sony) worked. I didn't have any others to test...
The following media are reported to have successfully been used with the DRU-500A (list from vcdhelp.com forums):
Note that Princo, while on the list, is not supported according to the vendor
I ordered my Prodiscs from.
Then again I have burned DVDPro (which is on the INcompatible list)
Maybe it was the software, since many people who got coasters with Nero 184.108.40.206 are now getting good burns on the SAME media with 220.127.116.11
Sony DVD+RW (included with drive)
Prodisc 2X DVD-R
So that is a heck of a lot more than the 3 brands you mention
I am not saying the drive is perfect, and indeed Sony could maybe have made the drive compatible with some of the cheap media that is not on the list. (Still Ritek, which works, is reasonably priced; and the very cheap Princo is on the list, although I have my doubts about Princo).
The vendor is sending me one free sample od Princo 2X with my Prodisc order, so I can test it for him (and for me).
Also some types of Memorex don't seem to work too well. Then again those may have been burned with the old Nero.