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Postby Chandler Mike on Wed Oct 13, 2004 10:28 am

Hey guys,

I just bought a DVD burner last night from Fry's Electronics, 8X, DVD+-R/RW and tried to burn to a 8X DVD+ disc last night, but had it fail with about 89% left to write. It did that on two difference discs.

But the software I was using was only recording at a max of 4X it said, not 8X, so could that be the reason it failed?

My drive didn't come with any drivers, but I found on the net that it just uses a standard Microsoft driver. But when I look it up in Device Manager, it says the driver is from 2001. Doesn't that seem old? And does the driver affect at all what speeds you can record at?

It's a Toshiba SD-R5292 or something close to that. Came in a Pacific Digital box called Mach-8. It seems to work fine, I was burning the movie, all was well, until it just died at the end.

Since the program said it was writing at 4X, I want to think that the 8X discs were the wrong type to get, even if I have an 8X burner...

Thanks for any help you guys might have for me.

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Postby Bhairav on Wed Oct 13, 2004 11:58 am

Get some better media, Toshibas seem to be pretty picky with media from what I have heard. Try some name-brand Fuji (Made In Japan if you can find them), or Taiyo Yuden from Rima.com.
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Postby hoxlund on Wed Oct 13, 2004 1:26 pm

you might want to update the firmware on your drive, and your correct there are no general drivers for dvd burners, just maybe ASPI drivers and burning software
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Postby Chandler Mike on Wed Oct 13, 2004 4:15 pm

hoxlund wrote:you might want to update the firmware on your drive, and your correct there are no general drivers for dvd burners, just maybe ASPI drivers and burning software


Yeah, I heard back from the Pacific Digital tech support (which surprised me), and they sent me a list of compatible media...seems like something that important should ship with the drive, but what do i know?

The firmware was up-to-date, but oh well. I think I'm taking it back because for the same price, I can get a NEC burner with dual-layer ability and 16X, instead of this 8X burner.

Thanks for your help guys.

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Postby Ian on Wed Oct 13, 2004 4:34 pm

Chandler Mike wrote:Yeah, I heard back from the Pacific Digital tech support (which surprised me), and they sent me a list of compatible media...seems like something that important should ship with the drive, but what do i know?


They really can't do that because they bundle drives from a number of different manufacturers. What might work with one drive, won't with another.
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Postby Chandler Mike on Wed Oct 13, 2004 4:37 pm

Ian wrote:
Chandler Mike wrote:Yeah, I heard back from the Pacific Digital tech support (which surprised me), and they sent me a list of compatible media...seems like something that important should ship with the drive, but what do i know?


They really can't do that because they bundle drives from a number of different manufacturers. What might work with one drive, won't with another.


Makes sense I guess...

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Postby hoxlund on Thu Oct 14, 2004 12:57 am

yeah go for either the NEC 3500 or the Pioneer 108
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Postby Chandler Mike on Sat Oct 16, 2004 11:35 am

Hey guys,

I bought the NEC 3500 and burned a DVD last night, but it was with Roxio 6.0 that came with my previous DVD burner...this one apparently didn't come with software.

Now, the DVD plays fine in my computer, but it wont play in the Xbox player or my regular DVD player.

Can that be due to the software? Or is it the media? I was just using Memorex DVD+R.

I hear this is a great drive and read review about how people have had no problem burning something and having it work in their various household players. But that didn't happen for me, so maybe I have something wrong.

Thanks for any help!

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Postby hoxlund on Sat Oct 16, 2004 8:30 pm

not being able to play in your xbox isn't anything new

of the 3 drives used in xbox's, all of them play different media types

i use and burn nothing but dvd-r and my xbox's samsung drive loves em
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Postby Chandler Mike on Sat Oct 16, 2004 9:20 pm

hoxlund wrote:not being able to play in your xbox isn't anything new

of the 3 drives used in xbox's, all of them play different media types

i use and burn nothing but dvd-r and my xbox's samsung drive loves em


is dvd-r more compatible with normal DVD players? Or it just depends on your player?

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Postby hoxlund on Sat Oct 16, 2004 11:32 pm

for set-top dvd players for tvs and for computers, yes in my experience it is more compatible

and trust me i burn plenty of dvds in a single day to trust dvd-r for compatibility
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Postby Chandler Mike on Sun Oct 17, 2004 12:15 am

My last question, hopefully.

When I'm burning the disc, the software says format is unknown, yet it must be doing it in dvd+r since that's the media type. Is that right?

Also, does the software make any difference in burn quality and compatibilty with players, or is that just the burner itself?

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Postby hoxlund on Sun Oct 17, 2004 2:19 am

if dvd+r is in recorder is can be doing either dvd-rom (booktype setting) or dvd+r
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Postby Wesociety on Sun Oct 17, 2004 2:47 am

Greetings Chandler Mike.
A fellow Phoenician Valley dweller here.

Setting your DVD+R booktype to DVD-ROM should allow your Xbox and your standalone DVD player to recognize the media without any problems.
To do this, you'll need to use a bitsetting compatible firmware, such as the Mad Dog 2.F8 firmware.

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Postby Chandler Mike on Sun Oct 17, 2004 3:01 am

wesociety wrote:Greetings Chandler Mike.
A fellow Phoenician Valley dweller here.

Setting your DVD+R booktype to DVD-ROM should allow your Xbox and your standalone DVD player to recognize the media without any problems.
To do this, you'll need to use a bitsetting compatible firmware, such as the Mad Dog 2.F8 firmware.

Have a read here:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=105995


What does this do exactly? Am I updating the firmware of my burner? Is it permanent? Does it hurt anything?

Sorry for being a newb at all this, but I'm just learning!

And good to see another Phoenician!

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Postby Chandler Mike on Mon Oct 18, 2004 10:57 am

wesociety wrote:Greetings Chandler Mike.
A fellow Phoenician Valley dweller here.

Setting your DVD+R booktype to DVD-ROM should allow your Xbox and your standalone DVD player to recognize the media without any problems.
To do this, you'll need to use a bitsetting compatible firmware, such as the Mad Dog 2.F8 firmware.

Have a read here:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=105995


Figured it out, downloaded the firmware and bitset tool and got a DVD to play in my Xbox as a DVD-ROM.

Thanks so much for everyone's help, I can't wait to get all my DV home movies onto DVD's....

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