Thanks to all those who helped me finally figure out that my problem (well… my pc problem) was a going bad dw1650.
So… after much reading, (And might I add that I avoided posting ‘what’s the best burner’ :p) I settled on a Pioneer DVR-111D. I will be burning many more DL DVD’s in the future. (I was torn between this model and BenQ dw1655 and a Plextor… but given the similarity between dw1650 and dw1655 and PLEXTOR = $$)
My only real concern is the bit setting or lack of it on SL +R and SL +RW. I have no use for region free or any other ‘bonus’ unoffical firmwares have.
Has the landscape changed enough in the last 3 years that most current and all future DVD players will not choke on a + disc?
I have updated with offical firmwares on all my drives in the past. ( I also have updated my BIOS on my M/B many times so messing with components is not that big a deal.) but I have never used unoffical firmwares. I did find the sites and the firmwares that have been mentioned to use for bit setting.
The steps are not all that clear to me and that is why I am a little hesitant. I like little noob steps and this is not the way it’s set up. That’s why I’m trying to justify if I really should do this… but I truely want DVD-Rom settings for my +R and +RW.