From time to time I’ll burn a back-up copy of one of my DVDs on a hand-me-down patched together PC running Windows XP. I’m a disabled senior on a very limited income, so I get most of my movies from yard sales, thrift stores, and the like, so few of them are in pristine condition.
Even so, in the year or so that I’ve been burning DVDs, I’ve seldom had a bad burn. Until this last week.
The last two DVDs I burned had playback errors where the picture would briefly break up into that digital checkerboard effect (what do you call that, anyway?) and the sound would skip.
However when I play the same scene from the original, albeit scratched up disk, the scene plays fine.
So, my question is: How to figure out the source of these burn errors. There are two factors I can immediately think of:
- I just got a new batch of Memorex DVD-Rs from Amazon.com. The label side of these DVD-Rs is completely different from the last batch of Memorex DVD-Rs I got last year at about this time. The ones from last year had a pattern of tiny squares covering the whole surface of the label side of the DVD-R, whereas the label side of the new DVD-Rs is blank, except for “MEMOREX DVD-R 16X 4.7 GB 120 min” printed across the center of the disk.
The DVD-Rs containing the errors are all burned onto disks from this second batch of disks.
So I’m wondering if Memorex may have changed manufacturers and I’ve ended up with a bad batch of disks.
- To complicate matters, my old “spit and bailing wire” PC has been acting up lately, sometimes taking multiple boot attempts before it will run properly, and even then, sometimes it will freeze up and I’ll have to unplug it to shut it down. So the problem could be in the computer, not in the disks.
I’m using DVD Shrink to back-up the DVDs, and it doesn’t report any errors during the back-up process.
One test would be to burn the same movies onto a different brand of DVD, and see if the same playback errors occur. So, If I decide to go this route, I’d be grateful for you advice on the most reliable burnable DVD brand.
I’d also appreciate any other ideas you might have on how to isolate and correct this problem.
Will in Seattle