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billc
Recommendations for DVD burner?
on Jun 11, 2009 at 9:16:05 pm

I've been having trouble with DVD burners with short lifetimes. (Some of this is repeated from another thread, alas, but has a misleading thread title.)

My Dell computer came with a burner, but I found that DVDs were not playable on some of my players. I found that even Taiyo Udens were coming out badly (I use CDspeed to test; I have a blue-ray player that'll take just about anything, one picky DVD player and one pretty-tolerant DVD player, and the CDspeed ratings are a good predictor of what the picky player will accept.)

So I got a new Lite-on SHW-160P6S, which worked pretty well. (Scores of 95 on CDspeed.) Although I noticed that I could burn one good DVD, and if I immediately burned another, it would be bad. So I had to let the burner "rest" between burnings.

However, the Lite-on now won't burn a good DVD. The best score I could get was 40. So now I'm back to looking for a reliable burner with a bit more durability. (I only burned around 30 or 40 DVDs on this!)


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Matt Gray
Re: Recommendations for DVD burner?
on Jun 12, 2009 at 4:02:49 am

Billc,

Good Lord. I don't think I've had a problem with a burner in the last 10 years. The rig I've been using up until very recently has had a Sony DRU800 and a Phillips burner..I've probably burned a couple thousand DVDs on them and never one problem.

But let's talk about you--what are the specs of your computer? (CPU, RAM, etc)


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billc
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on Jun 12, 2009 at 6:10:35 pm

I'm running a Pentium (R) D, at 2.6 GHz. 1 Gig of RAM. 250 Gig disk. Running XP. I never have trouble with the buffering, etc. I suspect that the laser is just out of alignment. (Some contributers have noted that players and burners sometimes just "get tired".)

-Bill


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Matt Gray
Re: Recommendations for DVD burner?
on Jun 12, 2009 at 8:02:05 pm

Well, I'm not a "tech head" or anything, but I've never heard of DVD drives getting "tired". Hell, there have been times that I've had to run my burner 48 hours straight to meet a deadline and never had one coaster.

If I were you, I'd try adding more RAM. And if your hard drive is filled up, maybe going bigger. I would think that if you've had trouble with multiple dvd drives, the problem is not the drives but rather the limitations of your PC.

Just my thoughts.


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billc
I Don't Think so...
on Jun 12, 2009 at 11:26:20 pm

I've got plenty of disk, and the buffer usage in burning is just fine. And I was burning just fine until recently. Your results are great, though. If you're using a blue-ray burner, that might be why. They are built to much finer tolerances for obvious reasons.

Anyway, thanks for the suggestions.

-Bill


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Evan Newsome
Re: Recommendations for DVD burner?
on Jul 8, 2009 at 12:56:25 pm

Pioneer historically has produced some great burners (terrible readers though) if you get one... be sure to update the firmware.
I have been using Pioneer and sony/nec Optiarc with good luck.

I think cdfreaks.com is a good place to learn about burners.
(warning though-- they tend to be pushing burners to the very limit which I am sure you won't so don't jump on a specific model because it can burn a dvd disk at 24x speeds successfully.) just look for a burner with good results on the type of media (-r, +r, etc.) you plan to use.


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