At first I thought i'd be able to solve this problem by myself, and by reading every single FAQ thread on this board and others. I know you need to use good media, and i've read all the advice available on burn speeds etc. So, here's my problem and machine spec: Problem: I've tried burning FFXII to a variety of discs, I think i've made somewhere in the region of 15 copies now. Anyway, for those burns that work, the FMV continually freezes and pauses every 2-4 seconds. I get different results with different media (Unless otherwise stated, all burns are getting a quality of 90-95 in Nero CD/DVD Quality scan): These were all burnt with a SONY DRU-700A, supporting booktyping and burning at 4x, 6x and 8x. Verbatim 16x DVD+R - These don't boot at all, after loading up Swapmagic 3.6 and putting in the Verbatim's, i'm presented with SwapMagic telling me that it's not a valid PS2 disc. I've tried book-typing them to DVD-ROM, but it doesn't help. I find this odd as I have a V7 PS2 which (in theory) should play DVD+Rs fine. TDK 16x DVD-R - These boot, but freeze, pause, and skip during FMV sequences. My worst result was a disc burnt at 4x speed that stuttered a total of 68 times turning the intro sequence, which itself took 15 minutes to play to completion. My best result was a disc burnt at 8x speed, which paused 24 times. ASDA brand (horrible media, got quality scores of 0 to 40 with hundreds of PI errors and failures) 8x DVD-R - Somehow these manage to run the best, but they still pause 12-20 times during the intro. Considering the quality of the discs, and of the burn, I expected them not to run at all. How is it that ASDA/WALMART brand 8x DVD-Rs run worse than TDK 16x DVD-Rs? Is there really that much difference between 8x and 16x discs? Right now i've got some 8x TDKs on order, although 16x media is getting harder and harder to find... the only brands that still do 8x media seem to be Datawrite, Ritek, HP and other 'low quality' brands. So, what can I do to fix the pausing, if anything? Is it a laser focusing issue? Should I wait for the 8x TDKs to arrive and hope they fix my problem?