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Old 02-23-04, 07:37 AM
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Need Help With DVD-R Media

Recently got a 50 pack of 4x DVD-R media from Memorex.

Most DVDs I burn will not work on my standalone player (JVC - S60). But an occassional one will

Some DVDs that I burn (about 75%) will work on my PS2.

All play in my DVD-ROM fine

Should I look for a different type of media (different brand). What do you think the deal is.
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Old 02-23-04, 08:15 AM
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IMO: Memorex -R is crappy media. Memorex +R is much better. I would switch to Ritek-R or BeAll-R.

I'm not sure if this is your exact DVD player, but there's some media reviews here. If it is your player, it might be too old to handle burnable media.
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I'd get the Ritek. I have had over 200 disks burned with no coasters. Plays in any DVD player I try.
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Old 02-23-04, 08:29 AM
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I'll second the BeAll's and add TDK to the good list. No coasters or compatibility problems whatsoever, on either my Lite-on drives or my Panny stand-alone recorder. I initially used Memorex for a while, but I had a few bad ones with them as well, so I switched.
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Old 02-23-04, 01:46 PM
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Thanks for advice..any recommended places to buy them?
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Old 02-23-04, 02:04 PM
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I buy all my media from Meritline. There's several free shipping offers there too.
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Old 02-23-04, 02:56 PM
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pick up a sample pack or two.. you can get a handful of different brands for cheap
and then try them and see which ones work best in your various players.

i bought both dvd-r and dvd-rw demo packs from http://www.allmediaoutlet.com and was very happy with the service
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Old 02-23-04, 04:29 PM
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Originally posted by chanster
Thanks for advice..any recommended places to buy them?

You can get Ritek's at www.newegg.com for cheap. A pack of 50 went for $44 last week but now it's $46 so their prices change. Still cheaper than any other place I've seen.
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Old 02-23-04, 09:12 PM
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Here is another question - I can seem to get DVDs that work when I go from 4x to 2x burning. Does this suprise anyone?
What are the reasons for this?
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Originally posted by chanster
Here is another question - I can seem to get DVDs that work when I go from 4x to 2x burning. Does this suprise anyone?
What are the reasons for this?
Could you reword the question?
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Old 02-23-04, 10:55 PM
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I think he's saying that with some DVD's, he burns them at 4x and they don't work.

If he then burns them at 2x, they work.

As for an answer, I couldn't say, other than this would sometimes be the case with CD's (particularly audio CD's), back in the day. If you burned at a lower speed, you'd get better burns than at higher speeds.
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Old 02-23-04, 11:18 PM
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Well DVDs are rated to be burned at a certain speed therefore, if you've purchased 2x media and are attempting to burn them at 4x this could obviously be the problem.
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Old 02-24-04, 12:21 AM
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No, I have 4x Media, so thats not the problem.

2x burning works great, 4x burning seems to be hit or miss with my standalone player. 4x burning works OK with playstation. Guess my Standalone player is picky
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Originally posted by chanster
No, I have 4x Media, so thats not the problem.

2x burning works great, 4x burning seems to be hit or miss with my standalone player. 4x burning works OK with playstation. Guess my Standalone player is picky

Could be a combination of media and your burner. Make sure your burner supports 4x burning on the kind of media you bought. There is a chart at www.dvdrhelp.com Does your DVD player support the kind of media you have. I mean will it read DVD-R or +R?
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Old 02-24-04, 01:11 AM
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The chart says yes to both (DVD Player and Burner)

I can watch all DVD-R recorded at 2x on my standalone.

I have been able to watch one DVD-R recorded at 4x on my standalone.

Almost all DVD-R recorded at 4x works on Playstation 2. Interesting to note that one 4x disc does not work on the PS2 is the one that works on my standalone player. Weird.
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