I apologize if this is a repetitive post, but I've been unable to find the answers I seek. (Plus, it's late and I'm tired and very frustrated.)
I have an almost 7 year old Dell PC (running Win XP SP3) with a Phillips 8601 DVD burner. I updated to the KD10 firmware soon after getting it, and rarely had a problem with it after that. Until recently, I never had occasion to burn a DVD-DL. Then, I downloaded a couple of ISO images that would not fit on a single layer DVD, so I figured I'd try my hand at DL burning. Bought a pack of Memorex DVD+R DL (I usually buy Taiyo Yuden, but they only make the -R DL). Nero Info Tool says that they are actually Ritek, but I've burned Ritek before without a problem.
Like so many others, I couldn't get the fakakta thing to burn DVD DL, but stumbled upon the cross-flash option, and decided to give it a try. I used the cross-flash tool posted in this forum to turn it into a BenQ 1620, using the B7W9 firmware. The cross-flash was successful, and now my PC says I've got a BenQ instead of a Philips. So far, so good. Then I tried burning one of the ISO images with Nero (v7â€”never felt the need to get an upgrade since it's always served me well.) Nero burned it all the way, and data verification was successful. I was really feeling good, untilâ€¦
Now my problem is that the DVD can't be read. The BenQ nee Philips won't read it, nor will my read-only DVD drive (LG HL-DT-ST GDR8163B), nor will my home DVD player, a Philips DVP 642/37 which plays almost everything. Info Tool lists the disc as still being blank, although one look at the burned side of the disc shows that it is not blank. When I put the DVD in the LG, Info Tool lists no disc present at all. My home DVD player also say that there's no disc present.
I know the ISO image is kosher, because I mounted it on a virtual drive, it played just fine. (Info Tool says the image is region-free.) Just to make sure the burner wasn't screwed up, I tried burning a single layer DVD from a different ISO image, and all went well, so that's not the problem either.
Could someone please tell me what, if anything, I am doing wrong, or point me to a link that does. I probably should make another burn attempt, but with the price of blank DVD-DL, I'm not thrilled with the thought of making expensive coasters, especially in this economy.