[QUOTE=imkidd57;2001134]With an older machine like the DVDR 75, it will be very much trial and error as to what [B][I]brand[/I][/B] of discs will work. This is because companies like Memorex use different disc [B][I]manufacturer’s[/I][/B] discs and recording dye types, some of which are quite poor quality, but print them up as if they were all the same. An exception is Verbatim, who are one of the few brands to consistently use very good dye types, and which is why we recommend them.
What matters to the optical pickup unit (OPU) of the recorder is the dye type, and not manufacturer, and hence you can get a better success rate if you purchase by this criterion. Can you download and install CD-DVD Speed on your laptop, and start it up (doesn’t need installing). Then put a disc in the drive and look at the information under the ‘Disc Info’ tab. There will be a line for Media ID, and if you could get the info for the discs which work and those which don’t, it would be a good start.
As for the speed-rating of the discs, I think ff16k updated the firmware to handle 4x discs, so anything higher than that will be pushing it. Remember the recorder is always going to be recording at 1x, so if you’ve had success with 8x discs then that’s pretty good. I doubt whether you’ll be able to find good quality +R discs rated at 4x, which is why I suggested using 1-4x rated +RWs and making a copy.
No problem if you have Macs: you can probably use Toast to make a copy from a +RW to +R. In fact there are some advantages to doing this: all the manually-entered edits and chapter marks on the +RW will be preserved on the new +R - something that doesn’t happen when making them directly on the +R.[/QUOTE]
Funny thing, the 16x Memorex DVD +R disc records fine in my other Philips DVD recorder…HDRW 720 (circa 2005 machine, it’s HDD). When I put this disc in the DVD R75, it shows “empty disk”…??
I missed a deal today @Office Max…100 spindle of Verbatim 16x DVD +R for $19.99 (sale ended today). It’s possible I can get it tomorrow.
Tomorrow @Office Depot, 50 pack of Maxell 16x DVD +R is going on sale for 11.99 so maybe this would be a solution. I.e., like you say, my DVDR 75 machine is brand finicky & likes Maxell disks.