hi everyone..new to the forum, and i unfortunately am starting my experience here...with problems.. ok..so i just spent 110$ to buy dvd x copy, because i was told it was *THE* program to have for dvd burning with complete compatibility across dvd players, blablabla. i install it, etc...rip the movie...i click start to burn..it just sits there w/o any progress then goes right to finalizing cd. i check the logs and it says this: DVDXCopy Platinum 4.0.3 __________________________________________________ ___________________ Build Date : Feb 6 2004 10:25:41 Current Date: Sat 5-29-2004 11:39:21 PM Windows Version: 5.1 DLL Versions: asyncflt.ax 3.20 bouducon.dll 126.96.36.199 Platinum.dll 188.8.131.52 Common.dll 184.108.40.206 platinum.exe 4, 0, 3, 8 XPress.dll 220.127.116.11 vso_hwe.dll 18.104.22.168 xpress.exe 4, 0, 3, 8 Features: CSS:Yes __________________________________________________ ___________________ Loading Resources : Crogram Files321StudiosPlatinumPlatinum.dll, Crogram Files321StudiosPlatinumCommon.dll Available Drive : 1:1:0 - ARTEC WSM-52X 1.10 [E] (Ide) Selected Drive : 1:0:0 - _NEC DVD_RW ND-2500A 1.07 [D] (Ide) Using Selected Drive: 1:0:0 - _NEC DVD_RW ND-2500A 1.07 [D] (Ide) Using Selected Drive Index: 1 __________________________________________________ ___________________ Generating Compression Settings for 1 titlesets. Total Sectors: 2986927 Overall Compression Pct: 76.5276 Titleset 1: 76 % Size: 2986927 Compressed Titleset 1: 76 % Size: 2270064 (4,649,092,096) Total Compressed Sectors: 2270064 (4,649,091,072) -- Single Disc with Compression -- >> Titleset Compression 1: Size: 2270064 (4,649,091,072) Done Reading.. Load burn engine. 0040DB00: New BLANK or ERASABLE DVD media has been inserted - progress is the media change count, starting from 1: Writing Disc: FULL_METAL_JACKET 0040DB00: Gathering file from the path passed 0040DB00: Generating image and cache 0040DB00: Writing Movie:0 0040DB00: Writing Movie:0 0040DB00: Writing Movie:0 0040DB00: Writing Movie:0 0040DB00: Writing Movie:0 0040DB00: Writing Movie:0 0040DB00: Finished. 0040DB00: Writing failed (write error or process aborted): 0040DB00: Drive is not ready 0040DB00: Blank media has been removed drive is not ready? what the hell is that all about!? anyone know why i'm experiencing this or how it can be fixed? also, the only reason i sunk $ into dvdxcopy platinum instead of sticking with dvd shrink/decrypter is that i got inconsistent results with this method sometimes. like i burned kill bill twice..same dvd media...one worked in powerdvd, one didn't. one worked in my home dvd player, one didn't. kept getting this type of inconsistency, so i decided to try dvd x copy AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT ISN'T HELPING ME MUCH. i love dvdshrink/decrypter, but those inconsistencies rendered many burns useless, because i need them to work on my dvd player. any idea why THAT would happen? thanks for the help ahead of time! edit- another thing that would happen with shrink/decrypter is that with the burns if i tried fastforwarding in a dvd player, the movie would freeze and not play anymore. if i tried skipping ahead using windows media player or powerdvd, i'd get a read error, but not with winDVD. I HATE INCONSISTENCY. and it shouldn't be happening, as far as i can tell!