[QUOTE=Oneupgamer;2719070]My PS1 does have a chip. I am having a problem where some games will skip and lag on FMV or skip audio tracks, some won’t even boot. While other games work perfectly.[/QUOTE]
This suggests either poor quality media or media that isn’t compatible with your drive.
Before rushing out to buy a new drive, try burning at the lowest speed that your drive supports (often helpful for old PS1 cds) and with better quality media; e.g. either Taiyo Yuden as suggested by Kerry56, or Verbatim Data Life Plus.
If that still produces poor results then it probably is time for a new drive. I haven’t bought a new burner for some time so can’t help much on this score.
However, I note that you indicated that your friend has had good results with his Lite-on drive. That isn’t a surprise as, whilst I haven’t had a Litey for a few years, originally they were optimised for burning cds successfully to very poor (or suspect) quality media and they did a great job in that regard.
Having no recent experience with them I can’t say for certain that that hasn’t changed but I expect that a current Lite-on drive will still serve your purposes well. Having said that though, you should still make a few enquiries about the current models before forking out your hard-earned on a new one.