I use my Yamaha CRW-F1E (latest firmware 1.0g) most of the time to rip AudioCDs and burn AudioCDs using Yamaha's Audio master recording feature. Recently, I start using the writer to burn regular data CD. I use a CMC media, and I tested the burn quality using my Lite-on combo drive and Nero's CD-DVD speed. It showed a lot of C1 errors (in the thousands). First, I thought it's the media, but my friend with a plextor, using the same cheap CMC media, produced better result with a lot fewer C1 errors.
Then I tried using Verbatim datalifeplus (MCC). The result was the same, high C1 error in the thousands, while burning the same media with my plextor 48X produced only about 10-15 total C1 error. I tried burning a 3rd verbatim with my yamaha, and CD-speed only went about 1/4 (with thousands of C1 errors), before it gave me an arror and refused to read the CD further.
Anybody experiencing the same problem? Is my Yamaha dying?
I really like the drive, especially the audio master and tattoo features. Any help/suggestions is appreciated.