I am currently using Taiyo Yuden DVD-R's to burn whatever I have to burn, as I know they are good quality, and to maybe help a problem I've been having. But even after buying those top quality DVD-R's, I am still having this problem.
Here is a scan of the last 3 DVD's I've burned (they are all the exact same data that was burned, an ISO of a DVD if you care)
As you can see in the first one, it looks like a good, normal burn. The last two are ugly, ugly burns, with completely totally different levels of dye colors all around. It almost looks like the inside of a tree stump so you can count the rings to see how old a tree is. It's really aggrivating the hell out of me because ALL three DVD-R's are from the same Taiyo Yuden batch, all three were burned at the same speed, and all three were burned using Nero. The only difference one is the good looking DVD (top) was burned a few days ago. (However that is irrelevant I think as I didn't do anything to my PC since then)
I've been trying different brands and they all do this. Getting a good looking burn like the top one is completely a crap shoot. I've tried different brands, different burning programs, different speeds, different firmware revisions, different types of files. The only differences I see are I either get a perfect one (top in scan) or if I start changing things around like burn speeds or programs, the ugly rings will just be in different spots (like you can see, the rings aren't identical in the middle and bottom DVD's).
I even tried unplugging two of my hard drives in case a over-loaded power supply was doing this. I have a high quality 600 watt one, but tried it anyway. Did not help.
I have a Pioneer 111D. I am ripping my hair out here, and would appreciate any help big time. My PC is a Windows XP machine with a p4 2.4 and 2gigs of ram. I only burn these DVD's with no programs open, after a fresh restart.
Thanks in advance..