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Now I've got heartaches by the number, coasters by the score......HELP!

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  1. joniliff

    joniliff Member

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    A year or so ago, I was able to backup MOST of my DVD movies to DVD-R. For the past 3-4 months all I'm making is coasters! (I CAN create backups, but they ALL have pausing and stuttering, sometimes freezing.) I originally used 321 Studios Xpress, then the Platinum version. Finally upgraded to the latest RF version, with the available ripper patch. Then, on to DVD Shrink, and DVD Decrypter. I had the latest Roxio, but now have the latest Nero. I'm on a network, but I disable the network to burn, and disable the Norton AV. Nothing runs in the background, and I leave the machine alone. I've been trying two different machines, with the same results. My latest efforts are on an Intel 2GHz, with 1GB RAM, and GB's of free space on the HDD, using an external Sony DRX-500ULX, with the latest firmware, burning at 2X. The other machine, with the same results, is an Intel 3GHz, with 2GB RAM, GB's of free space on the HDD, using an internal Lite-On SOHW-812S. Both machines are WinXP, SP2 setups. I used to use Memorex or Verbatim (sometimes successfully), but have switched to the 'forum recommended' Ridata DVD-R's, with the same poor results. WHAT am I doing wrong, and why can't I create good backups?? TIA, John
     
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    flip218 Moderator Staff Member

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    I would first make sure you've uninstalled Drag to Disc and InCD4.

     
  3. joniliff

    joniliff Member

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    Thanks for the input...yep, done that, way back on both machines.

    John
     
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    askyew Regular member

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    how long has it been since you defragged your drives?
     
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    Defragged about a week ago...it's done regularly, along with AV scan, Ad-Aware scan, etc. I'm a 'neat' freak on my machines. Thanks for the input...don't quit with the suggestions, please.

    John
     
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    Try some quality dvd+r media. Lite-ons actually perform better with +r media and some Sonys are made by Lite-on. Stay away from memorex and although Ritek G04 has been good media in the past, I think their consistancy is starting to vary some from batch to batch now. I had to burn my last batch of G04's at 2x and even then it was no guarantee. My Litey SOHW-832S loves Ritek Ridata dvd+r (Ricohjpn R01 02) media. When useing dvd shrink set the target size to 4300MB so you don't burn clear out to the very outer edge of the disc. You can't do this with xpress and may still get some freezing or pixelating at the end of the movie.
    _X_X_X_X_X_[small]AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1.33 Ghz 512 MB PC133 Ram
    Lite-On SOHW-832S f/w GC3B DVDRW
    18" lcd monitor
    Win XP Nero 6.6.0.1
    DVDXCopy Xpress 3.2.1 DVD Decryptor/DVD Shrink 3.2
    I know not too impressive saving my money[/small]
     
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    I have used + and - R's...same results. A couple of years ago, I was convinced that +R was the 'wave of the future'...that's why I have +/- combo burners. But my Video equipment, to the TV, etc., only plays the -R's, so that's why I'm 'stuck' with the -R's today.

    John
     
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    Mort81 Senior member

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    I know that with your lite-on dvdrw you can booktype the dvd+r and +rw medias to dvd-rom making them as compatable if not more so as dvd-r with stand-alone dvd players.
    http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/150
     
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    Joniliff if I missed it sorry, but have you played the file on the computer and got the same results? Have you tried the burned DVD on another stand alone player?
     
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    aut0psy...I didn't, and I won't...thanks for the input.

    John
     

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