Some of you may remember me as the old guy with chronic health problems who gets by with hand-me-down hardware and software.
I'd been using an old computer running Windows XP to burn playing copies of my mostly second-hand DVDs (I like to keep the originals as "masters" and never play them).
That old computer used to do a pretty good job, but lately the DVDs have had playback problems. I don't know what the technical term for it is, but on the screen the image will briefly break up into a pixelating checkerboard pattern.
I'd be grateful for some help coming up with a troubleshooting guide, perhaps in the form of a flow chart or outline.
I figure the error could come from any of the following:
- Defective Original DVD
- Defective Blank DVD
- Defective Copying Drive
- Defective Burning Drive
- Improper settings or Corruption in Copying Software
- Improper Settings ior Corruption n Burning Software
- Defective DVD Player
I'll bet that you can probably add more items to that list.
I'd like to start with the easiest errors to isolate. For example, to check the original DVD and my player, I played the same spot on the original DVD corresponding to the spot on the copy where the error occurs, and the original plays fine.
Then I used my spare DVD player to play that same spot on the copy, and the error occurred in that same spot.
So it seems like the error is definitely on the copy, wouldn't you say?
So, now what? Should I next try making a second copy on the same brand of media? And if that fails, then try on a different brand?
As you can probably tell, I'm thinking out loud here as I type this message. Do you think I'm on the right track here?