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If you're reading this then you're probably someone that hasn't been clued in just yet as to how bad all the 'cheap' double layer discs are. (or we've told you to read this thread for another reason - read the 5 'options' below!)

 

We see far too many people having problems with RITEK, CMC, RICOH media etc and I can assure you that it isn't just fluke when we suggest the user give Verbatims a try and their issues magically disappear!

 

You get what you pay for in this world and whilst Verbatims might cost you a couple of quid more to start with, you'll be saving in the long run because you won't end up with a stack of coasters!

 

Verbatim DVD+R DL discs are the way forward! (Please note that I said DVD+R DL and not DVD-R DL!!!)

 

Before splashing out on new (better/more expensive) media, you might like to consider your options:

 

Note: The following options actually apply to anyone having problems burning any sort of media.

 

  1. Update the firmware on your drive - right click the drive selection box and click 'Check For Firmware Updates' (or find it in 'Tools' -> 'Drive').
  2. Try cleaning the drive with a cleaning disc (or if you're feeling confident, take it apart and clean it manually).
  3. Try burning your current media at all of the write speeds your drive says it supports for that MID (look in the disc info text on the right of the main screen to see what they are).
  4. Avoid using slimline laptop style drives - in general, they're rubbish.
  5. Buy a new drive that supports your current media better/properly (this is still going to be a bit hit and miss).

Verbatim DVD+R DL are currently available in two varietys...

 

Dye: MKM-001-00, Write Speed: 2.4x (often 'overspeed' to 4x, 6x or 8x in modern writers)

Dye: MKM-003-00, Write Speed: 8x

 

The 8x ones are newer and some older drives don't really have the firmware tweaks required to burn them. For that reason we recommend you stick to the 2.4x ones where possible as these have been around since the beginning of time!

 

Of course if you're having problems with the 2.4x (MKM-001-00) discs, try the 8x (MKM-003-00) ones instead!

 

So, I bet you're thinking 'Hmmm... where can I get me some of those?' - I'll tell you:

 

 

UK

 

Total Blank Media

http://www.totalblankmedia.com/dvdr-double-layer-c-21_36.html?filter_id=13&sort=3a

 

SVP

http://www.svp.co.uk/search/index.php?search=MKM

http://www.svp.co.uk/technology/consumables/blank-dvdr/double-layer/

Basically, just search for 'MKM' or go via the menu system - 'Categories' -> 'Blank DVDR Media' -> 'Double Layer'.

 

ebay

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_nkw=verbatim+double+layer

Basically, just search for 'verbatim double layer'.

 

Europe

 

billigmedien.de

http://www.billigmedien.de/index.php?page=...ch&find=mkm

http://www.billigmedien.de/index.php?page=pi&a3=19

Basically, just search for 'MKM' or go via the menu system - 'DVD+R DL'.

 

Sweden

 

SweBurn.com

http://www.sweburn.com/home.php?cat=5

Basically, just click 'DVD+R DL' in the menu system.

 

US

 

Newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....me=DVD%2bR%20DL

Basically, go via the menu system - 'Computer Hardware' -> 'CD / DVD Burners & Media' -> 'CD / DVD Media' -> 'Verbatim' -> 'DVD+R DL'.

 

Meritline

http://www.meritline.com/dvd-r-double-laye...ID=5&issy=1

 

Rima

http://www.rima.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc...ry_Code=DPLUSDL

 

SuperMediaStore

http://www.supermediastore.com/verbatim-dv...-dvd-media.html

 

Canada

 

Staples

 

Newegg

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.a...me=DVD%2bR%20DL

Basically, go via the menu system - 'Computer Hardware' -> 'CD / DVD Burners & Media' -> 'CD / DVD Media' -> 'Verbatim' -> 'DVD+R DL'.

 

Australia & New Zealand

 

PCX

http://www.pcx.com.au/products/index.asp?s...a,DVD%2bR,8.5gb

Search for 'verbatim double layer' or go via the menu system - 'DVD+R' -> '8.5GB'.

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