Lately I’ve been burning unreadable discs nonstop with my NEC writer and Windows XP. I’ve verified the stuff I’m burning is not bad to begin with by writing them to the same DVD-Rs, which were purchased through Supermediastore and labelled as Taiyo Yuden, on my notebook machine. I’ve had the drive for more than a year now and probably burned close to 300+ discs so I’m wondering if this is a sign to replace the drive?
Some extra info… The discs I’ve burned lately with the NEC writer completes the writing process, but when I watch them in my Philips DVD player it would freeze at a random spot on the disc. Tried playing it on the notebook’s drive and it would freeze at that same spot. Usually when you write a disc in one complete pass the whole disc has one circular mark on the disc that shows where the write ended. On discs burned with this NEC writer you can see numerous circular marks towards the outer edges of the disc.