You pretty much answered your own questions there: that PIF spike is the problem, and the reason for this thread in the first place.
I’m getting that kind of big error spikes too often in my burns, which are far from what I’d call a “good”, or for that matter, normal burn. That’s about 1000+ PIFs just in one small area of the disc, which as expected causes skipping in both standalone players I’ve tested the disc(s) on.
This is no dirt-related problem or something similar with an individual, odd disc. It’s been happening in maybe like 1 out of 3 burns I do lately. It’s not a bad media box either; I’ve been using and testing different boxes from different batches, from different manufacturers and with different media codes. When I’m lucky, I get an half-crappy (by my above standards) but playable disc, and when I’m not, I get something like the above second scan or even worse.
Can it possibly be a coincidence that I used to do consistently good burns until I ran out of the older media I had in stock a few months ago, only to find that the media I buy nowadays in local stores give me all these troubles ? And that I still got good results after this with the last older batch media I managed to find, only to again get to crap results with newer media ?
From where I’m standing, there are two possibilites here: something on my system is messing up (and if so, it would be most likely software-related), or it’s the media. Now, knowing the evolution of DVDR media in recent years, the world market as it is and the way things work, and knowing this country and its particular market as I do, I have no hesitation in believing that this is a media supply problem.
Unfortunately, I have no easy way of testing one of my burners in a different system or just plunging for the good old school format and reinstall everything approach. It’s not something I’d go for except as the very last resort.
At this point I’d rather order a couple DVDR boxes from a reliable place and form my own conclusions from there. Which brings us to my initial request:
Where do you guys buy your DVDR media - online ? I need links to decent, reliable sites which can sell equally decent, reliable DVDR media for, hopefully, a decent, reliable price including postage, that kind of thing.
I already got one there; what other sites people here use to get those fine, top notch quality discs ?
Thank you very much