Is this a media or hardware problem?

Discussion in 'CD/DVD/BD Blanks' started by BillyW, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. BillyW

    BillyW Member

    I am currently using maxell dvd+r blanks to backup my dvd library. Some of the movies towards the end, start freezing,skipping,washing out and just generally screwing up.Not all of them do this. DVD player is brand new higher end model. Usually the disk will play fine on the computer. Any ideals?
  2. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    You're using junk blank media.

    1. Update your burner's firmware (if available)

    2. Use good quality media (Memorex, Ritek, Princo, Fuji, TDK from Costco, and Maxell that are not made in Japan are not good quality media). Are you using inferior blank media? If you're not using Taiyo Yuden (not valueline), Verbatim, or Maxell Broadcast Quality, then chances are the answer is yes.
    If you use poor quality blank media, then you should expect problems.


    For +R DL blank media, use Verbatim made in Singapore or MAM-A 8x +R DL.

    3. Try lowering your burn speed (not below 4x; if you have a 16x burner and 16x rated media try writing to it at 12x instead of 16x; an 8x burn speed on 16x rated media wouldn't be a bad idea either)

    4. If you're using +R, +RW, or +R DL media, change the booktype to "dvd-rom" (step 3)

    5. Avoid sticker labels (they tend to cause problems)

    6. Try setting a custom size of 4300 in your burning program (but if you're using good media, you shouldn't have to) if you're using regular single layer dvd-5 (4.7GB) discs.

    Bad burn quality is notorious around the end of discs (see step 6)
    and also at layer breaks when using low quality DL media (use Verbatim +R DL media made in Singapore or MAM-A 8x +R DL, and change the booktype to "dvd-rom")
  3. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    It's the Maxell's.
  4. creeper6996

    creeper6996 Well-Known Member

    I suggest using Verbatim DVD-Rs, 16x, burning at 8x.

    Also, I've noticed that high end DVD players are no better than the $29 DVD players from Wal-Mart when it comes to playing back-ups.