Well, I'm new to all of this, but I have done my share of research. I'm running with a Sony DW-U18A burner, (flashed to U700A so that I can burn dual-layer discs), and I'm using Ritek G05 DVD-R (8x) media. From what I've read, I have good media and pretty decent burner. I also have a flip-top with SwapMagic. I have been burning my backups with DVD Decrypter (Mode>ISO>Read, then ISO>Write) at 2x speed. I have selected 1x, but it still goes at 2x, which I assume means that either my burner or media doesn't support 1x. I have also attempted it by ripping an ISO using Alcohol 120% and then burning with Decrypter, but still no go. When I actually boot through with SwapMagic and insert my backup, I get the red screen 99 times out of 100 which apparently means that I have a bad burn. I have been able to boot the game twice (both times with Burnout 3... once it worked perfectly, the other it was very choppy and loaded very slowly). Now judging by my slow burn speed and the quality of my Ritek G05 media, I have doubts that the problem is actually that I am making bad burns (unless I'm doing something wrong). I have made several burns of Burnout 3, Winning Eleven 7, The Suffering, and Street Fighter Anniversary. The only ones that have ever worked are 2 of the Burnout games, and like I said, it only worked twice. I have installed the flip top on two separate V4 PS2s, and both with the same result. If I am indeed making bad burns, where am I going wrong? Is there a program or method that I can use to verify that my burns are good and the PS2 can't read them? Is there ANY solution to my problem? Alternate methods? Any help would be MUCH appreciated... I did just spend a lot of money on all of this stuff and am getting pretty frustrated.