Argh! Okay, so the HP DVD740b is very media sensitive? I have an HP DVD740b, haven't tried to upgrade it to anything. I enjoy the light scribe capability. So recently I've found that some dvd's I've burned start behaving badly about 20 minutes into them (say if I dupe a movie I've bought). They start being very stick and skip, stick and skip. The origninal dvd appears to be fine visually and plays fine. Now, media wise: my first disks were HP. Then my second purchase of the disks were Philips. I have switched to Verbatim for Dual Layer +R stuff.
So, this skipping problem. Is it more likely to be the burner and I should just go buy me a plextor or is it a media thing and I'm shooting myself in the foot when buying dvd media without realizing it? It does make some very nice dvd's and then it goes on a toot and makes crap, but not you'll notice until you are twenty minutes into it. <sigh>
Athlon 64X2 3800
Azus Tec A8N-E
1 gig Ram
Plex PX-W1210A CD-R
1 SATA 40 gig drive
2 EIDE 30 gig drives
Secondary problem is that anything I try to play on this system, whether from hard drive or dvd/cd drives runs and stops ... not the stick and skip problem experienced when using a DVD in a standard DVD player for my TV. It's like it is caching and then running out of packets when I try and play anything ... DVD files, Windows Media files, MPEGs, anything video oriented.