[QUOTE=O’Canada;2223893]You’ll be doing yourself a favour if you go to www.digitalFAQ.com/media, and spend some time there looking over what they have to say about various brands of media.
Your particular brand (at least, from this listed burn) is from CMC Magnetics in Taiwan (whatever the brand name on the box) and is rated as 4th class media… 1st class is the best, and only 1st class and some 2nd class are recommended for video work, and Verbatim in particular, for doing dual layer burns.
Before you follow the suggestion made before, try some really good media, and then decide if you need a new burner or not.
I always find it interesting that the digitalfaq.com is always tossed out like it’s gospel. I guess testing with $20 lite-ons and lots of anecdotal evidence must be true.
I also find it interesting that Mitsubishi Chemicals’ decision to have CMC manufacture the Verbatim brand along with Philips, one of the pioneers of optical media and publisher of the disc book standards, as well as HP all rely on CMC for their products. Would not the optical engineers at those companies have at least as much knowledge about true quality standards as online enthusiasts. They surely have better test equipment. But I digress.
Has anyone bothered to check his burner?
New Drive selected : 1:1:0 - LITE-ON DVDRW LDW-411S FS0F
[I]DVD+R [B]4X ([/B]5400KB/sec) maximum by CLV
DVD-R [B]4X /B maximum by CLV[/I]
try some really good media, and then decide if you need a new burner or not.
The chances that any readily available new media will work is slim to none.
To the OP, read the reviews at CDFReaks, they always test media in their burner reviews and usually CMC is included. You’ll also note that many modern burners do quite well with CMC burned at max speed.