I am new to the forums so I’ll give you guys some information about myself.
First of all, I live in Belgium (Western-Europe). I’m 17. I am becoming an audiophile and like to watch a nice movie once in a while. My pc is a Dell dimension 8300 with a NEC DVD+RW ND-1100A burner. I run windows XP with SP2 and I have NERO 188.8.131.52.
This is the situation:
I often record programs on tv using a Pioneer dvd recorder.
Now the dvd recorder Hard disk was almost full so I decided to buy some dvd-r’s. I already had a spindle of dvd+r’s (fuji-film 4x media. I can’t find out the manufacturer) but these only work for my NEC burner. I took a quick look at the forums and couldn’t really find out what media to buy. Perhaps a little stupid but I bought a spindle of 50 maxell’s. The pc shop sold them in a 100 spindle case but I asked him to order these and if he couldn’t find a 50 spindle, two 25 spindles were okay too. So that might be the situation here.
This is what the label said: (I’ll post some pics tomorrow)
DVD-R 47 50S GEN 4x 03J
Made in Japan
Today I burned the first one. Before burning the smelled a little soapy, but I’ve heard this is normal. This evening, I grabed a beer and wanted to watch the movie I burned in peace, in my room, on my pc. I suppose you all know “the parents” who always want to watch something else on tv :). Anyway, everything looks great until I insert the into the drive. Nothing seems to happen. The drive doesn’t recognise the media. I tried restarting and it doesn’t help. According to DVDinfoPro I have firmware version “10GE” on my nd-1100 drive. I remember me updating the firmware but I don’t know the original firmware version. I did a search on the forums and found a new firmware update. Though the nec site states: “only update if you have firmware version 1A, or something…” Could this be the solution to my problem? DVDinfopro shows my drive is capable of burning dvd+r and reading either dvd-r or dvd-rom? Or isn’t this true? What’s the difference between dvd-r and rom btw? Is rom always -R, or does this deppend?
Together with the dvd’s I also bought two 25cd spindles of maxell media too. Just checking if these are good. Luckily my drive does recognises them. Is RITEK good? The cd’s claim to write up to 48x, why does dvdinfopro tell me that 16x is max write spead?
Format Capacity Blank Disc
Free Blocks 736958464
Free Capacity 702.82MB(736.96MB)
Media Type CD-R
ATIP Start Time of Lead In (Media Code) 97m15s17f
ATIP Last Possible Start Time of Lead Out 79m59s70f
Manufacturer Name Ritek Co.
HD-BURN Certified YES
Available Write Descriptor CLV 16.0x 2400KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 10.0x 1500KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 8.0x 1200KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 4.0x 600KBps
Somebody please help a desperate dvd-burner. School vacation just started and I would like to watch some movies this week…
Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.