Just to share some experience with other users, I have recently gone through the hassle of trying to get a new standalone to accept DVD-R backups. The players: an LG DA-3530, an older LG, and a JVC (sorry, I'm at work so I can't get the model numbers on the last two). Media: I tried using Pioneer 1~4x (spotty performance), Imation 2x (terrible performance), and Saehan 1x (excellent performance). The burner: An LG GMA-4020B 2x combo drive. The burning apps: Nero: No joy on any of the three players either when burning via the wizard or via ScottVF's method ( http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/40063 ). CopytoDVD: Great program when used in combo with DVD2One, and definitely the simplest to use. However, while resulting DVD-Rs worked on the older LG and the JVC, they were not liked by the DA-3530 (even with UDF 1.02 checked). RecordNowMAx: Perfect compatability on all three machines - based on my experience this is the universal burning app. Follow the guide available at: http://www.chrismccann.co.uk/user_guides.htm (thanks for the tip and the great guide Oriphus). Not a very scientific test, I grant, but hopefully others that are having similar trouble can go straight to RecordNowMax and save a lot of frustration. Now I just have to decide what to do about the 20-or-so DVD-Rs that I burned with other apps and won't work in my primary player!