Dvd backup woes

Hi, newbie here, hoping somebody can advise me where I am going wrong.
All the DVDs that I have so far backed up have, in sections of the playing, quite bad artifacting which often seems to lead to the disc skipping(although if play is reversed after the skip the portion IS on the DVD just skipped for some reason) or freezing on a set top box.
I am ripping the originals using either DAVIDEO2 or DVD SHRINK 3.2. on a SAMSUNG CDRW/DVD SN-324F
Burning is done using a FREECOM DVD+/- RW8B9 USBII using ROXIO EASY MEDIA CREATOR
The set top DVD player is THOMSON DTH 5000
I dont know how to tell if the fault lies with the USB recorder ( which is a new aquisition), the software I am employing to rip or burn the titles, the brand of DVD+R I am currently using or just the set top box not liking the discs recordable DVDs at all. Anybody offer advice to a confused dabbler???

First, what media do you use? Use always as the experienced say a high quality media.

Second, try out another software, for example DVDShrink or AnyDVD with CloneDVD2. DVDShrink is free.

I am using Packard Bell media ( DVD+R).A decent brand I would have thought. Surely I need to establish wether the fault is software. hardware or media related before I install masses of new software. Davideo and DVD Shrink both rip it seemingly OK, media creator seems to burn it ok, but the results seem unpredictable regarding the skipping. Is this a common problem, that can solved by different media or set top player, or is it more system/software related?

troubleshoot >

  1. go through the 10 points listed @ http://www.mrbass.org/dvdnewbie/ [ you may not be a newbie, but the trouble is, and might be related to one or more of the listed items ]. note: very important to keep the transfer mode on IDE channels in DMA mode. check them every now and then, they can change.

  2. a) know your drive’s capabilities. use nero info tool. also go to the drive maker’s website and find out what media types and brands, and at what speed to those media types, the drive supports. [ eg., my pioneer 107d can burn to dvd-rw @ 4x without trouble, but my optorite 401 can only burn @ 2x to dvd-rw even though Nero and other burning programs will offer to burn @ 4x and will produce a “successfull” disc @ 4x…it ends up a coaster ] b) update the firmware of the drive. check for updates @ http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_all.php

  3. a) try another brand of CD/DvD disc. b) try burning at lower speed. eg., don’t try burning at 24x to 16x media; burn according to MEDIA speed limits, don’t try to burn at the cd/dvd drive max speed until you are certain that you can do so without negative consequences.

  4. a) disable and/or uninstall any virtual drives. b) install an aspi layer. preferred is v460. get it @ http://www.snapfiles.com/get/aspilayer.html

  5. a) update the burning program you are using to the latest release. b) uninstall any recently installed software. c) do a virus scan, and a scan with spybot s & d [ get it @ http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html ]

  6. for XP or Win2K users, optimise your operating system Services for best system performance. for info go to http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm#Alerter and http://www.freeware-alternative.uni.cc/downloads/service-controller-xp/service-controller-xp.html

  7. before burning, open taskmanager and shutdown ALL unneeded processes that are running.

  8. a) try another burning software and see if you get a better result. deepburner standard is free. get it @ http://www.deepburner.com/ b) for users of alcohol 120%, update to the latest drives support DLL [ look for topic “Alcohol 120% Device Support Patch Released” @ http://forum.alcohol-soft.com/index.php?showforum=10 ] c) if you have multiple burning softwares installed, uninstall them all, then install one. test it. install another if needed. test it, and so on…

  9. make sure mainboard chipset drivers are up to date. make sure all cables and jumpers connected to drives are correctly configured with regard to master/slave setup.

  10. enter your BIOS and disable anything you don’t use. set memory speeds to default. set cpu speed to default. if you overclock, DON’T [ until you are certain that overclocking is not the cause of the trouble ].

  11. if you still cannot fix the problem, try the drive or the DvD disc you are having problems with in another PC that has no burning issues…if possible.

Thanks guys…plenty to think on there. I suppose the media is the common link that is the the easiest to test, so I’ll start there