Thanks for the quick reply guys.
Maybe the lens needs cleaned.
Yep. tried that during the early stages
Why so many programs?
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The reasons for so many programs is simply to try to resolve the issue and see whats out there. Reading many posts, it appears that several combinations of ripppers / transcoders are favoured by people. Just trying them out to eliminate them as a cause. Having said that, initially used DVD decrypter / Shrink ( sure its free.... why wouldnt you )
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Several standalones tested show compatability with media used. Taiyo Yuden appears ( generally ) to be the chosen one when it comes to media. Bearing in mind that all play fine on the PS2, what makes that games console so forgiving when it comes to DVD -R playback ?