I am happy to report that I have done my very first ever DVD +R DL with my brand new NEC ND-3550a (from NewEgg) and it was a total success. (this is my first DL burner)
As the source, I used a burned Memorex DVD +R DL home video (from one of these “professional wedding companies”) of about 6.6GB and I copied it as an .NRG image file. I then burned the image with the latest updated Nero Ultra 6 into a Verbatim +R DL disc. I burned it at 6x to be safe even though I could have selected 8x (the disc is rated 2.4x). I used DVD-ROM book type. It took 15min to burn the image.
To verify that it worked fine, I tested the original Memorex source DVD and placed it into my old Toshiba SD-2109 (I believe manufactured early in 1999). It played the first layer fine, but when it reached the Second layer it had problems with freezing and some digital garbage in the TV.
I switched the disc to the newly burned Verbatim version into the same player and voila! success…it plays better than the “original” no freezing or anything. I don’t know if this is due to the better Verbatim media or book type, or if it was just burned better.
I then did the same test in my Pioneer DV-333 player and it played both discs perfectly. This was expected, as this player plays almost anything.
I figured that if the newly burned disc plays in these ancient DVD players, it would not have any problems into the newer ones.
I had no time to do any scans on the discs, but I will do it once time permits, but since I’ve read in this forum that the 3550a is not a good scanner, I do not expect much.
FYI this is my system setup
AMD XP 2400
MSI 6380e Motherboad
80GB Maxtor HD on Primary IDE as master
ND-3550a on Secondary IDE as master
200GB WD2000jb HD on Promise Ultra100 TX2 card as master
Sony DRU-500ax on Promise Ultra100 TX2 card as master