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  1. dr_ml422

    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Are you serious? Even the internal drives? I don't know though I burn my drives through the ground and they have lasted way more than 6 months. Matter of fact this thread opened up because Windows 10 wants updated hardware, otherwise my pioneer 112D and Samsung as posted here in the beginning would still be burning. Where do you get your burners from usually, Amazon? Just for the sake of added confirmation, I'd like some other frequent burning experienced users to post their findings. You scaring me into taking out warranty on my new Mobo and CPU now. If these things are blowing up before 6 months either you're blowing it up constantly or there's a defect somewhere, or that's the norm. It's like a PSU, if after a week it doesn't die you're good for years. I have the same Cooler Master PSU from my first build over 13 years now, and all I did as of late was swap fans and leave the grill off. My PC for the most part is always on.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Wow! You buying from Newegg? They fell off and I wouldn't really bother with them much anymore. A drive dying only after some months is defective somehow. These things are built to last. External though you might have to do really specific research see which ones are better than most. I didn't say I had to enable the"preserve full path name" every time. It's that way already. According to Cynthia's guide if it isn't enabled and you try to either move the cue file or open it up in the queue it will not. When I moved the cue file and tried burning it I couldn't and I never did anything with the default settings. Preserve full path name is default. When creating a cue file if you hit Ok it will pop up in the same directory as the files and you just name it w/e and save it there. I'm not sure if you don't have preserve full path name checked that it'll do it for you, though it might because the same directory pops up to save your cue file .
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Thanks! I haven't used the quick ok in a while as I really didn't know what it did. I just use the Ok button. If I don't tick (enable) "preserve full path name" I have to leave it in the same folder with the source files. So when the queue is opened and you load a saved queue, it will not load it in if you moved the .cue file without ticking (enabling) "preserve full path name". I have a question regarding the edit function regarding tracks, titles,... After you make changes to say one track and you have to change more, do you simply go to the next tracks and ImgBurn automatically saves the changes? It must be that way because there is no save changes button other than Ok, and if you hit that it takes you directly to the next phase of creating the .cue. I was messing around with that yesterday for a long while because of one track having some character that couldn't be processed/parsed. It would create the .cue file without that track unless you edited it correctly. I couldn't for the life of me see how to save the changes until by accident I guess I proceeded with Ok and it finally took. Is there a reason other than anticipating the changes were made why a confirmation wasn't implemented? You could be in there for a really long time not knowing changes are made on the fly. The guide mentions the refresh button after editing. Is that the save button? Maybe I hit that by accident and finally was able to include that file? Has anyone suggested a save function after editing? Wouldn't be a bad implementation. Please let me know the correct method for editing and saving. Thanks as always.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Ok. Excuse the delay. Getting things ready for the new build. Bought the AMD Ryzen 5 2600, and the Asrock B450M Pro 4 Mobo. Next is the SSD drive and Ram. I noticed many of these apps don't make use of the GPU card, and instead use the CPU. Well 6 cores will take care of this. Lol! I noticed burning an Audio .cue with Imgburn that the cue file always has to stay with the original files to point to them. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of making one in the first place? Or it's just for burning purposes? It won't burn either if the files are not in the same folder.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    I see. It also actually makes for a smoother transition. I would have to test seamless and see what happens. I imagine it just makes it even more unnoticeable? All day playing with AVStoDVD and finally sought what may be a fix for their preview window not displaying video. Anyway I'm seriously thinking about calling Dell and arranging for a pay schedule on a new PC. I always say that, though after building it's very difficult to go back to buying. Now the question is Intel or AMD CPUs? Intel supposedly for gaming has some edge, though for multitasking etc... AMD is said to be the player. I need a CPU, RAM, and a Mobo. Also a SSD drive for the system and apps. I like that setup you have. It's just right. Not exaggerated and not a lacky either. I started with Intel. Maybe it was just that Windows was still a baby and I got really frustrated with all the errors, closing up of windows, and of course ie that was never anything to brag about. Supposedly the new Edge with Chromium is coming and supporting 4K streaming natively. Hmmm! Well I've burned over half my spindle of Verbatim DL, and half of a newer DVD-5 +R. My series collection are almost finished. Debating on some titles. I'm watching Full Metal Jacket. Hilarious! I needed a break. Did I mention I burned Once Upon a Time in America after 10 hours of encoding with DVD Flick? It takes forever though it produced. If I was a software guru I'd change the encoder and really have something to talk about! Sometimes we get caught up with these apps trying to make them do something they're not meant to. The only thing I would do now is embed the subtitle into a converted MP4 etc... then take that same file and make a DVD out of it. Or soon a Blu-ray or AVC playable DVD. That's a good strategy for discs already in our possession. Otherwise in about 5 minutes you could have a download. Thing is downloads don't come with embedded subs. They should.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Ok. When burning to DVD+DL with a whole VTS folder taking up space, is imgburn the only software that asks for a layer break all the time? If so is it precautionary to make sure you get a proper burn? I explained before that I let the VSO ConvertXToDVD do everything and it did it without asking for any layer break. Also I ask because whenever I had to burn to DL with DVD-RB Pro set up for ImgBurn, If I'm not present it will not burn it because I need to provide the layer break info. Is this an ImgBurn default function? I'm going to burn a copy of an iso I made with ImgBurn with something else and see if it asks for a layer break.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    If the layer break, the one ImgBurn prompts for is not really needed then why does it automatically come up? Are you saying that if the software that created the VTS folder files automatically made it seamless that ImgBurn would just burn it without asking for a layer break? Something doesn't sound right. If the file was burned by the authoring software without any further input from me, why would ImgBurn still ask for a layer break? This is what happens when DVD-RB Pro is set to burn as a DVD DL, if I'm not present it will not finish the job. I think ImgBurn is playing safe as the firmware will acknowledge the DL blank and burn it accordingly. I think you meant how ImgBurn identifies because my OS is Windows 10. I still don't know why software developers stay hung up on older OS and just don't concentrate on making their software the best for the current OS? Let the consumer, customer, user, upgrade. I'm glad MS woke up and started doing just that. It's difficult enough to keep current with everything involved with the current, and still want to placate those stuck on XP for example. I think this is why many freeware are not that consistent, especially Video software. I also believe it hinders one from playing with the advanced newer stuff. Hence stuck on h.264 etc... when h.265 HEVC and 4K is here. No wonder a particular software I use to me is lacking. It's me. They're into the future. I'm still fussing with the more known and so familiar. I still have no real clue as to Blu-ray structure etc... Imagine ultra 4k is here. On that note, I installed DVD Flick and it seems to be up to date. AVStoDVD works when it wants to. When it does it's great! When it doesn't you wasted 3 freaking hours so it can err out! This is why VSO is very good at what it does.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    I really do hope so, as they're pretty much the most reliable outfit regarding DVD encoding, burning, creating. Especially with default settings. I never used their 2 pass or quality settings. I have a question. Is a layer break necessary for burning Dual Layer, or is it a precautionary measure for definite output? Reason is I let ConvertXToDVD finish off a Dual Layer project and apparently no layer break was used. Or I just didn't see it, as it's done in the background? Does that VSO downloader even work? I never got around to playing with it and seeing what and how it works. Why does ImgBurn say I have Windows 8, when my system says Windows 10? I wouldn't be surprised if it's actually 8 and MS downloaded it as 10. ImgBurn is very accurate. If LIGHTNING UK would like to elaborate I would definitely appreciate it. Thanks. I'm going to build me something really future proof and updated. Everything except maybe my case and burners. Windows 10 requires updated hardware more than anything.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    That doesn't make too much sense to go through all that trouble for a backup of an episodic DVD etc... If you want to keep it as is then just use any good ripper whether the older goodies, or newer ones like Fab, and rip to the hard drive. Then your choice of DVD-DL, or DVD-RB, or if for bit quality loss transcode to DVD-5. No sense having separate mp4, then converting again back to DVD in merge. For that just keep it as mp4 and right there merge it into one mp4, though menu goes out the window. Unless you want say how many episodes as separate files on separate discs to watch separately? Best to keep them on one DVD and use Menu to watch whatever. Right there in ConvertXtoVideo you can merge and produce DVD. Better yet if you want put that episodic DVD in VidCoder and it'll produce separate MP4 as well, not sure if there's function to keep as one file. I think they implemented that, and the h.264 works.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    You forgot that I mentioned this in a earlier post where they won't admit it but I don't think they want to pay the royalty fees associated with the h .26 4 encoding. You saw how the regular mpeg-4 took the video like anything correct? The only thing with that is that the file will be way larger than with the more efficient h.264. The thing about the title sets has to do with the MP4 output where if you put in a regular episodic DVD like I said it will make four five six different MP4 files out of each episode. That's just the way it does that, there's no way around that believe me. The only way around that is to merge all of the episodes together witch you can do. Even though they're separate mp4 file they'll still be merged together in one MP4 which isn't that bad if it's chapter DVD, though not great with episodes. I'll try unchecking that when I put in a DVD that has chapters in separate VOB files. That's where it'll act up when converting to mp4 etc..., It'll put each VOB file in a separate container. Bottom line we need to have an arsenal of software that deals with the things that we do because sooner or later even the best will get trumped up with even a regular file for whatever reason. I've been messing around with AVStoDVD and it will not acknowledge dual audio files in a mp4 file and so it'll error out right at the beginning. I didn't know what was causing it until today when I realized that you only have preferences for what language you would like the audio to be in and not some default where it'll just accept whatever and separate that from the get-go. Great alternative to VSO ConvertXToDVD though. Give it a go. It's free and uses HCEnc and ffmpeg as encoders. They suggested I leave it at default settings, though it's overkill imo. The default for HCenc is 2 pass, and I didn't see any improvement from just 1 pass. HCenc is better imo than ffmpeg. VSO has an optimization where it's CBR with FFmpeg produces very nice and small DVD outputs. I sent VSO an email regarding any future upgrade/update to that ConvertXtoVideo. Believe me the h.264 is just one issue. It also has issues with certain Pascal architecture GPU cards, which yours and mine are on the list. We both have the same GPU card, yours is the larger RAM edition. You'll notice when you use it with different containers how sometimes the optimization will go on and not go on. Don't buy ConvertXtoVideo until after they upgrade it to something other than 2.88.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    I noticed some glitches on a DVD I burned in Max, though I seriously think it was the copy and not the burn. You're right my LG at lower speeds doesn't produce good burns. It even posts 10x I think with the DL blanks. I'm having a time of it separating Titles into genres as many overlap. I think for Series DVDs I'll rename all to Film Series and put them there. I wish the program would do it for you. It justs imports it in. You have to name the genre. Other limitation is the title is limited to 16 characters. I just use date and time and write the name on the disc when I have to.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Yeah those Shiny VX Verbatim are their bottom of the barrel print series. I should of paid attention to the "great for duplication market" description. I guess there's some way of making print copies w/out a high grade printer. Those silver inkjet also come as non Data Life Plus and are the bottom of the barrel for those. Unless it's Data Life Plus I'd recommend anyone to stay away from unless you're in that distribution market. When burning Data to the DL is it still suggested to burn at a lower speed? Or is that suggestion just for DVD material, especially VTS folders? In other words are they just that different from their DVD-5 brethren where even a 24x will yield great results and playable? Thanks.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    If you been using the Data Life Series then you probably used these: https://www.verbatim.com/prod/optical-media/professional-optical/dvdrecordable/dvd-recordable-silver-inkjet-printable-sku-95186/ The VX Shiny are at the bottom of the barrel, and the regular silver inkjet somewhere in between. Yes they're making several similar flavors and in different packaging as well. They either come in their default Verbatim purple, orange, blue packaging or in those clear black and white packaging. So even their product ID changes because of the packaging.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Here you go: https://www.verbatim.com/prod/optical-media/professional-optical/dvdrecordable/dvd-recordable-silver-inkjet-printable/ This straight from Verbatim store. I've been missing out all these years with DVD+R DL. They burned lovely. My LG and external slim LITEON don't accept 2.4x speed. LG started at 4x and the LITEON at 3x. I chose 4x to be safe.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Could these be the ones you mentioned? They're silver and actually look better than the Shiny Verbatim VX. DVD-R 4.7GB 8X DataLifePllus Silver Inkjet Printable - 50pk Spindle Today I enter DVD DL burning territory and so off to the guides I go. All my episodic DVDs deemed favorite will go there. DVD-RB Pro does an excellent job though some are hitting 8GB, and that's a lot of compression,encoding,transcoding. I narrowed down what's being burned and to what more or less. I'll have to study Blu-ray more to really understand what it entails and of course get a Blu-ray burner at that time.
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