The discs are visible within explorer sometimes. I do not get any errors. The drive just keeps trying to read the discs. Sometimes the movie will play and then freeze, play for a couple seconds, freeze, play...
Here is a log file:
I 10:22:55 ImgBurn Version 188.8.131.52 started!
I 10:22:55 Microsoft Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600 : Service Pack 2)
I 10:22:55 Initialising SPTI...
I 10:22:55 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...
I 10:22:55 Found 2 DVD?RWs!
I 10:23:12 Operation Started!
I 10:23:12 Source File: E:\STORM_OF_THE_CENTURY_SIDE_TWO.ISO
I 10:23:12 Source File Sectors: 2,081,254 (MODE1/2048)
I 10:23:12 Source File Size: 4,262,408,192 bytes
I 10:23:12 Source File Volume Identifier: STORM_OF_THE_CENTURY_SIDE_TWO
I 10:23:12 Source File Implementation Identifier: DVD Shrink
I 10:23:12 Source File UDF Revision: 1.02
I 10:23:12 Destination Device: [1:1:0] BENQ DVD DD DW1640 BSOB (G:) (ATA)
I 10:23:12 Destination Media Type: DVD-R (Disc ID: CMC MAG. AM3) (Speeds: 2.4x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x)
I 10:23:12 Destination Media Sectors: 2,298,496
I 10:23:12 Write Mode: DVD
I 10:23:12 Write Type: DAO
I 10:23:12 Write Speed: 8x
I 10:23:12 Link Size: Auto
I 10:23:12 Test Mode: No
I 10:23:12 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 10:23:12 Filling Buffer...
I 10:23:12 Writing LeadIn...
I 10:23:30 Writing Image...
I 10:30:29 Synchronising Cache...
I 10:30:57 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:07:44
I 10:30:57 Average Write Rate: 9,934 KB/s (7.2x) - Maximum Write Rate: 11,134 KB/s (8.0x)
I 10:33:43 Close Request Acknowledged
I 10:33:43 Closing Down...
I 10:33:44 Shutting down SPTI...
I 10:33:44 ImgBurn closed!
Here is the media:
Disc Regions are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Media code/Manufacturer ID CMC MAG. AM3
UDF Format Type V1.02
UDF Volume Name STORM_OF_THE_CENTURY_SIDE_TWO
UDF Application id None
UDF Implementation id DVD Shrink
UDF Recording Date/Time (mm/dd/yyyy) 4/14/2006 23:47:29
Format Capacity 3.97GB(4.26GB)
Book Type DVD-R
Media Type DVD-R
Manufacturer Rated Speed Unknown
Available Write Descriptor CLV 16.0x 22160KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 12.0x 16620KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 8.0x 11080KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 4.0x 5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 2.4x 3324KBps
Write Strategy Speed 4.0x 5540KBps
2x Speed OPC beta 09
2x Speed OPC power 0D
2x Write Strategy field 1 14 98 88 90
2x Write Strategy field 2 88 80 00 00 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta 07
4x Speed OPC power 17
4x Write Strategy field 1 0A 0E 09 04
4x Write Strategy field 2 95 07 0D 0B
4x Write Strategy field 3 80 00 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta multi-pulse 06
4x Speed OPC power multi-pulse 17
4x Write Strategy field 4 15 B8 99 85
4x Write Strategy field 5 B8 9A 32 03 20 32
4x Write Strategy field 6 00 00 D0 00 00
Data area starting sector 30000h
Data area end sector 1FC1EFh
Linear Density 0.267um/bit
Track Density 0.74um/track
Number of Layers 1
Complete Media Code
00000000 00 6C 00 00 01 40 C1 FD 9E D8 52 00 02 84 0D 12 .l...@....R.....
00000010 98 99 90 00 03 43 4D 43 20 4D 41 00 04 47 2E 20 .....CMC MA..G.
00000020 41 4D 33 00 05 88 80 00 00 00 02 00 06 09 0D 14 AM3.............
I've tried Media Player 9, WinDVD 4, PowerDVD 6. None of them will play the discs properly. PowerDVD 6 seems to work the best.
While replying to your message I decided to ?waste? some DVD?s. I have come to the conclusion it must be a media related problem. I burned the same iso file on 2- Memorex DVD?s and on 2-Taiyo Yuden DVD?s. The TY DVD?s play fine in everything. The Memorex DVD?s play fine in everything but the laptop. I had previously ruled out the media because I have several Memorex DVD?s that do play fine in the laptop and some of the discs are from the same batch.
I am still confused because all of the Memorex DVD?s I currently have (100-200) play fine in every player I have tried them in and some of them play fine in the laptop. Do you have an explanation?
I know most people will tell you to stay away from Memorex media, but I have gone through 5-100 piece packs and have not had one coaster! With that said, I will not buy anymore because I now know there is a problem with the media. I just wish I would have found this out before burning so many movies onto Memorex DVD?s. Bummer. Most of my movie collection was burned onto that media.