OK, I have come to you guys because I have run out of ideas and I am at my wits ends in trying to get this to work. I have a pioneer dvr-108 in an external enclosure on my laptop. I go to copy a dvd (such as butterfly effect). I use "dvd decrypter" and then either "dvd shrink it" or "Nero" to squeeze the files to a single layer dvd. The burner doesn't proceed past the "writing lead in" part or it just fails. I have tried many different media including Verbatim and Ritek. I have upgraded the firmware to 1.10. The burner will burn data fine but not video. I also have a matshita dvd-ram uj-811 on my laptop and it burns video ok. The video is choppy with this drive and it isn't very good (speed wise) Does anyone have any ideas?