after about 2 months, 2 ps2's and 3 lasers ive finally figured out the problem ive been having with my san andreas backup. I use a v9 ps2 with swap magic 3.0 (3.3 on way). I had backed it up onto ritek g04 -R (BEST -r ARGUABLY)and it played ok until i got further into the game and then all i got was skipping and dre's. to cut a long story short ive spent enough money to buy 3 new ps2's (2 2nd hand systems, 3 new lasers and countless different types of media.) I have tried verbatim, ritek, fuji, cmc, tdk all -R with the same result. V9 crap all others ok. I normally use ritek for all my backups as i have done for years now, and i couldnt understand why all the other games worked ok but san andreas and getaway 2 were skipping. i searched for ages to no avail. THE SIMPLE SOLUTION IS TO USE DVD+R FOR GAMES THAT CONSTANTLY READ OFF THE DISC. (V9+) my ritek -R sa backups work great on my other v7 ps2 but not on the v9. Simply put the -R are ok for loading screens but crap for fast data transfer. ALL GAMES LOAD FASTER ON +R ON A V9 IF YOU HAVE A KHS 400C LASER. Im now using imation dvd+r manufactured by ricoh japan(60p a disc) for any games like gta or getaway that constantly stream from the disc. I am sure ritek or CMC +R will have similar results. I think this is true for all KHS400 C lasers. hopefully this will help some of you, and prevent some of you wasting as much money as i have. any questions please pm me.