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Bob Cole
DVDs fail after six months
on Dec 8, 2005 at 8:39:27 pm

I encoded and burned two DVDs for a museum which operates two theaters. Same show, same commercial DVD players.

They worked fine for six months. Now, both DVDs pause for a moment at the same spot, then continue. Any theories?

-- BC


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Alex Alexzander
Re: DVDs fail after six months
on Dec 8, 2005 at 8:43:51 pm

Is this a DVD-R or a manufactured DVD?

-Alex


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Bob Cole
Re: DVDs fail after six months
on Dec 8, 2005 at 8:49:34 pm

These are DVD-Rs that I burned on a Sony DRU-540A.


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Alex Alexzander
Re: DVDs fail after six months
on Dec 8, 2005 at 9:44:13 pm

Sounds like some kind of strange wear and tear. Perhaps the environment they are in?

-Alex


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Bill Stephan
Re: DVDs fail after six months
on Dec 9, 2005 at 8:55:12 pm

DVD-R discs do have a finite life expectancy under severe usage/continuous playback situations. I have heard of DVD-R discs going bad in six months. That said, I have a sales presentation playing in my reception area 24/7, which has been playing for over 2 years continously.

You might try a more robust DVD-R media such as the MAM archival quality discs. It could also be that the laser diode in the player is getting weak.

Bill Stephan
Senior Editor/DVD Author
USA Studios
New York City


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Aanarav Sareen
Re: DVDs fail after six months
on Dec 10, 2005 at 2:15:13 am

What brand of discs are you using? Also, are you familiar with media codes? If not, click on the link in my signature and it should take you to my DVD article.



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