I am a TOTAL newbie to burning DVD's etc. I received the Samsung 552B as a gift (knowing absolutely nothing about it). I also went through a couple of 1o packs that were useless and then got lucky (thus far). I have burned 7 movies and 5 basic "data" discs using the Memorex DVD + R (4.7GB, 120 Minute Video, 4x). I'm not sure what "type" it is (in terms of model number or whatever) but it is the one with the purple color on the box (I know how first grade-ish that sounds). Anyway, I bought I think a 5 pack and they all worked fine then I went to Frye's Electronics and picked up a 100 pack for $35.00. They've all worked fine. The only problem I've really had is that 2 or 3 times I've had to restart my computer in order for the drive to recognize the disc (otherwise it just keeps blinking at me).
I JUST found this website so I haven't tried any of the fixes/upgrades/etc. The only upgrade I've done is the firmware upgrade from the Samsung website. I was using 06 for awhile then today I upgraded to 08.
Now, one word of warning. I thought (I know, stupid of me ) that being that it recognized the Memorex DVD+R that it would also work with the Memorex CD-R. No go. I tried a 50 pack of those and after 5 failures I returned them (surprisingly, Frye's took them back). I have burned about 5 or 6 CD's using Sony CD-R, but then I bought a 50 pack of those and now am having trouble getting the drive to see them (keeps blinking at me).
I'm hoping that I can find some information here that will allow a newbie like myself to upgrade something so that I can also burn CD's with this drive. I have no problem spending the money on quality discs if they'll work.
Anyway, back to your question, try picking up a 5 or 10 pack of the Memorex and see if they work for you. No the highest quality disc from what I've been reading but they are working fine for me.
Hope that helps.