playing backup dvd freezes and pixelates after warm

Discussion in 'General Hardware Issues' started by spence, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. spence

    spence New Member

    Newbie here, I have been making backup copies of most of my purchased dvds. So I ussually do not watch them more then a few minutes to check and see if they play ok. Well I actually started to watch a backup dvd and after approx. 30 minutes the screen starts some pixel splotching and picture jumping and then finally the screen will freeze. Well I was curious so I started watching my other backups, same problem. I started to record backups on a different burner. I changed media over 4 to 5 different brands Sony, maxwell, HP, and staples. No changes. I have 4 diffent dvd players all different brands all the same results. My 2 other friends who record backups also have never had any problems and they use the same media. When these errors occur I can take the dvd out of the current player and play in another dvd player for about 20 to 30 minutes before the errors start to happen again. I believe that is the key to the problem, as the dvd heats up or dvd player heats up it begins to have errors. Not on any pacticular spot of the the recording just when the heat begins to cause the errors. Any idea on what I can do?
  2. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    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 Premium, Verbatim, Maxell Plus, or Maxell Broadcast Quality, then chances are the answer is yes.
    If you use poor quality blank media, then you should expect problems.


    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 whatever burning program you
    re using (but if you're using good media, you shouldn't have to) if you're using regular single layer dvd-5 (4.7GB) discs.

    7. Download Nero cd-dvd speed. It's a free program. Select the tab labeled "scandisc". Insert the problematic backup disc, select the appropriate drive letter, and click "start". If Nero cd-dvd speed reports read errors, your backup is bad (which is the most likely case), your optical drive may be slowly dying, or your optical drive simply doesn't like the disc (or your choice of blank media)--even if the disc looks fine.

    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, and change the booktype to "dvd-rom")
  3. spence

    spence New Member

    thank you

    thanks for your help. Very informative.
  4. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    Use GOOD quality media(Verbatim or TY)......burn at 1/2 the rated speed of the media. It is usually just that simple.