No country of origin, the “TruSound” box is about as bare as packaging can actually be which is why I noted it’s a no-name brand. I tried to do a test burn with ODC earlier, it said it was burning at 4x (the speed rating on the discs shows 2x/4x so it defaulted to 4x) but the actual burn speed was like 0.88x till about 1/3 of the way in, then it moved to about 1.50 to 1.8x (slight fluctuations) all the way till about 96.4% then it crapped out with some error so there goes that idea. If I can’t even do a full proper burn with this cheap media then I’ll just have to wait to get something better. Kinda frustrated that happened because obviously at 0.88/1.5x the burn just to get to that 96.4% point took like 1 hour and 14 minutes, really damned slow but with cheap media that’s expected I suppose.
Been doing some reading and I found a blog from someone that was doing quality testing with a UJ240 BD burner and he discovered that the CMC CMCMAGBA5 MID media appeared to burn extremely well in the UJ240 so I’m going to try and locate some of that media, found some on Amazon for a good price (at least I think so, a 50 pack for $24) and hopefully it’ll improve things over this super crappy stuff I have at this moment.
A learning process, obviously.
As for burning software I suppose I’d like to use Nero depending on the version, and I only use Windows 7 (never used Vista, never used 8/8.1, and I only installed Windows 10 once to lock in the free upgrade for future owners of this laptop of mine if I choose to sell it - I myself will [I]never[/I] use Windows 10 as a daily runner OS, can’t stand it at all). I’ve never used the built-in burning ability of Windows 7 itself, just seems too unreliable based on reports from other people that have used it but perhaps I’ll give it a go.
Unfortunately I don’t have a full size quality check capable BD drive presently so I can’t even test the quality of the failed burn of that disc up to the point of failure (it might not even read to be honest). Guess at some point I’ll end up getting an actual full size proper BD burner/reader if I wish to get more serious about BD burning. I had hoped when I discovered this UJ240 it would be capable to at least some degrees but that might not be the case.
Pretty ironic that Panasonic, the parent company of Matsushita (same company really), appears to make the best BD blank media by far but their actual burners are dog-crap it seems. Funny how that works, eh?
For the record this is what VSO and ODC show about the media:
Note that it says about an 80% success ratio with this particular media and this particular drive so, perhaps I’ll do another test burn or two and hope for the best, would prefer not to use 2x but if that gets me a solid burn then so be it. Will report back whenever I get that done.
Thanks for the responses so far.
Just realized I hadn’t updated my ODC to the latest, 1.70, don’t think that’ll matter but I unfortunately just started the 2x test burn, ugh, so I’ll let that finish and see what happens then update to 1.70 and if needed do yet another wasted disc.