My previous combo cdwriter/dvdrom drive runs fine, except it leaves some sticky substance when it reads a disc. My original CnC3 Kane Edition DVD is now damaged because of this. That sticky substance is hard to remove. :(
So time to buy a new drive. These things are so cheap now. Years ago, cd writers sell at around SG$200 (US$130). My new one costs only SG$79 (US$50).
A lot of people gave good comments on this drive in the local hardware forums, which is why I chose this without much consideration. Max write speed: 18X, and it doesn’t run on those old fat IDE cables but the thin SATA cables.
This drive also has the lightscribe function. Which means your drive can "print" onto your DVD. But your DVD too, must be made for lightscribing.
Here’s a picture I downloaded from the lightscribe site above, and I added a few lines of text of what the disc contains.
Here’s the result:
My first 3 burns on the new drive failed. I think the bundled Nero Express software is buggy. I had to use a full version of Nero and burns were successful.