I have a Lite-On LDW-411S burner. I’ve had this burner for around a year now. I primarily use it to backup my movies on to DVD-R discs. My DVD player plays these discs back but will either stutter a lot or freeze for minutes at a time, obviously indicating a bad burn. These discs work well on other people’s DVD players though (mine was cheap…theirs weren’t :-)).
I use Nero to burn at 2x (not 4 as that would probably cause more problems) with disc verification. These always verify successfully, though I’ve found this is no indication of how well the burn actually went.
Recently I stumbled upon KProbe and found that my burns always had varying results. I read that 280ish is an acceptable value for PI, but of course, the lower the better. My burns vary. They usually get anywhere between 400 to 1000. That’s right. Nowhere near acceptable quality.
I’ve gone through all of the official Lite-On firmwares with the same results, therefore it’s obviously my discs as I’d suspected.
I’ve gone through Princo’s (“A-Grade” discs as well as others), Aterra’s, FORNEX101 (??), but always the same results. I just bought a spindle of TDK -R TTG02 discs but they seem to be worse than the Princo’s, if that’s possible.
I’ve had 1 DVD+R disc (RICOHJPNR01) sitting around which I decided to test. The KProbe graph started off well for around half the disc (below 200), then the rest of it spiked up to a max of around 800.
Now if you’re all still with me, my question…
What have people found to be the best firmware (official and not) and media combinations (+/- , brand, etc.)? Basically, I want my graphs to look like some of those I’ve seen around here
ANY help would be most appreciated!