ok so i got this dell dimension 5150 in january, it runs 512mb ram, and has like a 160 gb hard drive with P4 3 ghz, and its a fairly nice pc, compared to my previous windows xp 128mb ram 40 gb set-up, but anyways. I have the GWA-4164B dvd burner and it always worked fine, up until around may and then it started producing this dark ring on the disc about 1 inch from the center. Leaving the dvd playable buy un-copiable. Basically leaving it with a “skip” aka an error. So i contacted Dell they told me to try reverting my system and i went back to may 30, same thing. Today i went back as fas as i could, which was april 1 or sumthing i think, and same thing. I was using DVD Shrink and DVD Encrypter, never a problem, so i switched programs tried IMGBurn, DeepBurn, and Nero. I switched media from Memorex to Maxell, and i got a few discs okay. But its still doing the same. I have searched and searched but nothing, i checked the DMA/PIO, and it was ok, changed media programs/media, EVERYTHING, Dell insisted that it probably isn’t a prob with the burner where as I think it is. Can anyone help me out?
i included a PHOTOSHOPED image to give an idea, not the actual disc but sumwhat what the line would look like.