851 Recording Problems

I have read a couple of posts on here with people having problems with the 851. I recently got one and started to have the same problems people were describing. Jumpy DVD video playback. Discs that would stutter towards the end. Discs that just couldnt be read etc

I put it down to some dodgy discs but the failures kept getting worse. After reading the forums i upgraded the firmware but it didnt have much effect. I also tried changing the IDE cable etc again all to no avail. There didnt seem to be good advice on just how to fix the issues people were having.

The only one I did see was that someone moved their drive to a new pc and the problem went away. I did the same thing and sure enough it fixed my problem too.

The old PC was no slouch it was a AMD XP 2000 with 768mb of ram running Windows XP and I use the hard disks for video editing so I know there there is no bottle kneck there but there is something on there that didnt get on with this dvd write. I had a 4x sony on there before with no problems.

If anyone has any ideas as to what might be causing the conflict please let me know.

hmm forget that… i thought it was all solved but a few burns later and im still getting bad results. Slightly better after moving the DVD drive but its still skipping. I sort out a KPROBE pic

Anyone got any suggestions as to what to try next?
Many thanks

Well not that it would make that much of a difference in the scans but I see you had the speed set at MAX. I have read that you should run your Kprode scans at 4x.

What type of media are you using? Use DVD Indentifier and post what is finds.

Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R:MEDIA ID-001-000]

Disc Type : [DVD+R]
Manufacturer ID : [MEDIA ID]
Media Type ID : [001]
Product Revision : [Not Specified]
Disc Application Code : [General Purpose]
Recording Speeds : [2.4x - 4x]
Blank Disc Capacity : [Not Supported By Method 2]

[DVD Identifier - http://DVD.Identifier.CDfreaks.com]

Here is another kprobe with a -R and this one works a lot better… It is a ritek 04 disc tho.


Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD-R:RITEKG04]

Disc Type : [DVD-R]
Manufacturer ID : [RITEKG04]
Disc Application Code : [Unrestricted Use : Consumer Purpose]
Recording Speeds : [1x - 2x - 4x]
Blank Disc Capacity : [2,298,496 Sectors = 4,489.3 MB = 4.38 GB]

[DVD Identifier - http://DVD.Identifier.CDfreaks.com]

Yes that second scan is much better than the first one. The media you have from DVD Indentifer must be some cheap media since it only shows the Media ID and not even the Brand. You may just want too pick up some higher quality discs and give it a go.

This is completely rubbish media. Have a look for some Grade A Ritek discs, or better…

Given their recent slide in quality, I’m not sure if Ritek Grade A is all that good. jwarburton, if you do try Ritek, try their +R and not their -R.

Here is some discs that I have had good luck with. :smiley: