I have an HP running XP with 2.2 Ghz, 512RAM. Premiere 6, Sonic My DVD.
I am using an old Cendyne 1X (-) format internal burner. The other day, we finished burning a project for a customer and they said that the disc wouldn't play in any 4 of their players.
Knowing that this burner was old, we spoke with the guy at the local store and he said (+) format is more compatible. We purchased an IOMagic external USB2 drive (+). This caused the computer to shut down many times in the middle of burning. We returned this unit and bought a sony firewire/usb2 drive(+). It seems to be okay, but for $300 we feel like we could do a lot better. (It still doesn't always see the drive).
If you had $300 to spend, would you go internal or external, (-) or (+) and would you shop a certain brand? (Pioneer, sony, hp, etc).
The two best drives on the market are the Plextor 708A and Pioneer DVR-A07. Either one should work great in your computer as an internal device.
Before you install a new burner, make sure the old one is completely un-installed. This means rebooting the system with the Cendyne out and no other burner in. Poke around for any drivers or or patches you may have installed for the Cendyne burner and remove them. Now install the new burner.
Use top quality media. Cheaper media is more likely to prodcue a 'coaster'. Cheap media alos burns slower.