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  1. dbminter

    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Power is what it's all about. Sony wanted control. And that's what they're all after. Control. Hence why they want streaming to replace physical copies. To charge you to stream something so they can later take it away and then mysteriously reclaim the rights to bring it back... and, of course, charge you a NEW license to stream it. Interestingly enough, Sony created Betamax and lost that format war, even though it was the superior format. Sony creates Blu-Ray and wins that format war, even though it's not the superior format. DVD's are all but replaced, but not by people's choice. The movie companies pretty much stopped making DVD's because they only want to sell you more expensive Blu-Rays. It started with producing DVD's with fewer special features to try and get people to justify buying Blu-Rays. Now, movie companies have all but dried up DVD production because they want to sell you only more expensive Blu-Rays. People didn't buy into the hype because Blu-Ray was only marginally better video quality. And on an upscaling DVD player, you really can't tell the difference between DVD and Blu-Ray anymore. Blu-Rays are also far more (too) Draconian to deal with. I also use VSO's ConvertXToDVD. As I said, I've used it for about a decade. Bought the lifetime license so I got the best deal. Tech support has always been a bit iffy with them. Right now, their tech support is nonexistent because they're moving their corporate headquarters. Supposedly by the end of this month, VSO tech support will be back on track. It worries me, though. Why move your corporate HQ unless you're going through rough financial times? Because all programs use proprietary methods of dealing with how they operate, one software may do something right whereas one won't. I've encountered, also, instances with ConvertXToDVD where it fails on my end but tech supports claims it works on their end. For instance, 2 pass encoding used to work, but stopped working a few revisions ago. I tried to tell tech support this, but they claim they can't reproduce it. It worked before and then stopped working. Regressing back to the older version fixed the issue, so the problem is they introduced a bork into the newer versions. What happens is ConvertXToDVD will add a solid green screen replacing the first 2 minutes of the output when 2 pass encoding is selected. Even on a virgin install of Windows 10, with nothing else installed, and on 2 different Dell XPS PC models. There's no difference between a data DVD and a DVD Video disc except for a few file system options. All data on a DVD Video is treated as data. There's just specific format options that must be adhered to for a DVD player to play the disc. They just call it DVD Video to distinguish it from just a collection of non DVD Video data. ImgBurn will detect when you import VIDEO_TS folders and make the appropriate changes for you if you agree to them.
  2. dbminter

    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Sony pretty much created the Blu-Ray format so they dictate how Blu-Ray players operate. Never heard of WinXDVD, so I can't say. I use ConvertXToDVD to convert containers to DVD. I've used it for like a decade. The quality of the resulting DVD will also, of course, depend on how good the quality of the video in the source file is.
  3. dbminter

    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    I've never heard of FixVTS, but if you search this forum for it, there are apparently error messages from it generated by ImgBurn. So, maybe there is some processing done. I'd guess it may have to to get the layer breaks working right? I don't know. Unfortunately where I live, there are no 99 cent stores. The closest we have are 2 Dollar Tree stores where everything is either a dollar or less. The last time I saw recordable DVD there was some Phillips DVD-R that were 2 for a buck. You can guess what they were. In fact, the last time I saw DVD-R that wasn't CMC crap was Sony Ritek DVD-R from over a decade ago back when K-Mart carried them. If your DVD player supports playing back container files, there's little need to convert them to DVD Video, actually. Really all you're gaining in a navigation menu and chapter breaks. And I guess if your containers have multiple audio tracks or subtitles, they would be selectable if your player doesn't natively support such functions. Since BD-R lasts longer than recordable DVD because they use organic dyes which decay faster and BD-R burns metallic oxides which last longer, I will often times make a long term archive of a DVD Video to them. Blu-Ray players won't play them because Sony was so pissy they dictated that Blu-Ray players don't check the folder structure to see what the media is to play but check for the media type inserted to decide to how to play them. So, what I'll sometimes do is collect a large number of container files together for one BD-R and let my PS3 play those. The draw back is the PS3 doesn't navigate container files as easily as it does DVD Video. Of course, what I'm more likely to do is just use one of my 256 GB flash drives to store container files for playback on my PS3. Because it's 5 times the size of a BD-R and can be reused, I generally more often than BD-R just write files to a flash drive I have dedicated for PS3 container files, firmware update files, and PS3 file backups.
  4. dbminter

    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Oh, I forgot about the ImgBurn DVD structure part. I meant to comment on that before. Anyway, as far as I know, ImgBurn doesn't do anything with the VIDEO_TS contents besides check if they're compliant. If they're not, I don't think ImgBurn has the facilities to do any altering of the files. Except maybe the IFO's where it can do things like adjust/add the layer break. LUK would more about that and could comment on it. If more than one MP4 fits on a DVD and they're "related," e.g. say a movie and its sequel, if they'll fit on a DVD+R DL as both VIDEO_TS folders and the MP4's, I put them on one disc. Or multiple episodes of a TV show. I only save the files to MP4 because a DVD disc is an all or nothing affair. If the file becomes corrupt, it can't be read. So, the HDD copy is a backup. I've had cheap DVD's fail long before an HDD would. And I've rarely had an actual HDD failure. The only one I ever had was a cheap Compaq PC, e.g. an HP, where its HDD died 1 day after the warranty was up. It turned me off to HP/Compaq junk forever. And as far as my USB HDD's go, I've never had one of the actual internal HDD's fail. Just the USB bridge in the enclosure to fail. So, I could take out the actual physical HDD itself and recover the contents. Although with the Western Digital models I now prefer, they make it impossible to actually get the physical HDD out of the enclosure. And they do that so that when it fails, they can charge you a data recovery fee to get the data back out of it. But, I've got multiple redundancies of backup images on other USB HDD's, so I don't need to invest in that.
  5. dbminter

    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Yeah, the RW logo doesn't necessarily mean it's a rewritable disc. It's the logo of the DVD+RW consortium who created DVD+R and DVD+RW. They force people to put their logo on the media as means of advertising and to charge an extra fee. Of course, what I do with a best of the best MP4 is create a DVD out of it, burn the DVD with the VIDEO_TS folder AND the MP4 to a DVD AND keep the MP4 file on my external HDD. But, I'm paranoid and don't want to lose anything.
  6. dbminter

    How to delete the adware that comes with IMGburn?

    Nothing should get installed unless people get click happy. There should always be a "cancel" function of some kind of all bloatware added the wrapper. However, a sure fire way to avoid installing anything is to disconnect your Internet connection before running the ImgBurn installer. That way, the wrapper can't phone home for anything and won't have anything to install.
  7. dbminter

    How to delete the adware that comes with IMGburn?

    Unfortunately, there's little way to tell what you installed. ImgBurn does not come with any extra software on its own. It's bundled with things you can choose to install or not install at installation time. However, whatever you're offered generally changes each time the installation is run. Or you got an installer from a mirror that might have included who knows what wrapped around it.
  8. dbminter

    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Verbatim MCC is the only quality manufacturer of DVD+R DL out there, although I had good luck with TDK's about 10 years ago. I've only ever used MCC, Ritek, and TDK for DVD+R DL. I had 3 Riteks and 2 of them were unreadable after a year. All the TDK's were still readable after a few years and I only ever had 1 MCC that passed burn and Verify where a sector wasn't readable trying to playing it in a Playstation 2. I'd only ever use Verbatim, and I don't think Taiyo Yuden ever made DL media so Verbatim was the only quality manufacturer out there. Although, as I said, I had good luck with TDK's, though I doubt they make them anymore. As a general rule of thumb, I tend to primarily stick to Verbatim when MCC makes them or Verbatim makes their own BD-R. Never used DL for BD except for BD-RE, so I can only relate from the rewritable experience. Now, my results may not be very reliable because I hardly ever wrote to a lot of them except once a year. However, what would happen is they'd be fine the one year I wrote them but fail to write the 2nd time I'd try to write to them the next year for the monthly backups performed once a year. e.g. 12 discs, one for each month of the year. These were TDK and Verbatim BD-RE DL's that did this. Some BD-RE DL I'd formatted as giant floppies and wrote to them many times a month every month as they were monthly files backups. Those writes were all fine. As far as I know, CMC does not make BD-RE DL. They do make BD-RE and Verbatim farms out those discs to CMC. And there are NO alternatives from Verbatim as far as I know. So, I don't use Verbatim BD-RE anymore. However, there's not a lot of other options. Really just Ritek's that Memorex used to make and I don't think Memorex makes BD-RE anymore. I think Panasonic made some BD-RE the last time I bought some of those and I stocked up on them. Don't know if Panasonic still makes them anymore or not. Panasonic used to make quality DVD-R because they farmed out to Mitsubishi, who makes Verbatim's quality MCC stuff. So, I figured Panasonic's BD-RE would be decent enough. I primarily, like 99%, only use BD discs for data backups. Things like the monthly and yearly partition and files backups and the periodic daily files backups. Temporary file storage and things like that.
  9. Is Verify Mode, when you're not Verifying against an existing image file, really just a Read mode where ImgBurn reads the sectors from the source disc but doesn't save what it reads to an image file? Thanks!
  10. dbminter

    Ripping PS1 to ISO (bin/cue) problem

    Yeah, you really can't trust the reliability of slim models. And with a lot of modern towers sans half height bays, you need to buy internal half height drives and put them in USB enclosures to get any kind of quality results.
  11. dbminter

    Ripping PS1 to ISO (bin/cue) problem

    Is this GCC-4244N USB drive the slim model LG, slim model HP, or the half height IBM one? If it's one of the slim models, that might explain it. Slim models are really bad at, well, everything. Plus, LG drives, in my experience, are not the best readers to begin with.
  12. dbminter

    Ripping PS1 to ISO (bin/cue) problem

    Some PS1 games cannot be read by ImgBurn and some combinations of drives. When I encounter one such disc, I use Alcohol 120% Free to read those to image files. It always worked for PS1 games that wouldn't for me in ImgBurn. If LUK can't suss this out, it's something you may want to try. Granted, I've never encountered errors like the ones you posted before in such instances.
  13. dbminter

    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    I had a Blu-Ray where I had to use MKV in order to enable selectable subtitles. I posted on the Handbrake forum why I couldn't disable the burned in the subtitles. From the log, it had something to do, I think, with a particular audio file type in the Blu-Ray. I was using MP4, but under this particular instance, MP4 would only always create burned in subtitles. Once the forum told me to try MKV instead, it worked.
  14. dbminter

    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    MKV is only really useful in one instance I've encountered. Some Blu-Ray contents when converted to containers have an audio file type (I think it's the audio that's problematic.) that requires you to use MKV if you're going to save the subtitles to the container. Otherwise, if you use MP4 for them, the subtitles must be and can ONLY be hardcoded, on the screen all the time, burned in subtitles. I don't know about the CMC era of Taiyo Yuden, but back when TY was in business making its own media, there were 2 quality blank media manufacturers: Mitsubishi (MCC) and Taiyo Yuden. I never used TY for DVD, but they were constantly being recommended by other ImgBurn beta testers, etc. I did, though, use TY for CD-R and they were high quality blanks for that. In fact, for a long time, I used primarily TY for CD-R's. Now, I use Verbatim DataLife Plus/AZO CD-R's.
  15. dbminter

    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    I prefer MP4 over MKV myself. The Playstation 3 plays MP4 but I don't think it plays MKV. Plus, MKV's can take longer to load in video editing software because it has to compile some kind of video thumbnail list from the file. AVIDeMux has to generate TWO such lists from each MKV file. Sorry, never heard of Trisonic before you mentioned it earlier, so I can't say. It does seem unusual for a possibly no name company to farm out to Mitsubishi over CMC. Most of what I've found in dollar stores like Dollar Tree and places like Big Lots were all CMC. Still, you never can tell. I purchased a $1 Blu-Ray of a quality release from Dollar Tree. The 1987 Robocop director's cut. Normally over $8 on Amazon.com, just a buck. And it played all video just fine. So, someone like Trisonic using MCC isn't out of the question. If you can find MCC for cheap, go for it. Of course, there's always the risk that they're not true Mitsubishi media. Manufacturers in the past have been known to fake MID's on discs to make them appear to be better quality than they actually are. Besides, you can get branded Verbatim DataLife Plus DVD-R for like less than $15 for 50 of them, so it's not like the real deal quality stuff is very expensive. Recordable DVD prices have drastically dropped in recent years. Only DL media is really more expensive nowadays. I just ordered 50 Verbatim real deal branded DVD-R off of Amazon.com on the 13th for like between $13 and $14. With free shipping, the price is even cheaper.
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