Ok, I think I've covered all of the bases and cranked out enough coasters to finally narrow this down to Nero Recode! I'm trying to do a DVD-9 to DVD-5 copy using Nero Recode. The source disc is part of a TV series set and has four episodes on each disc.
I used to use DVDShrink prior to using Nero and never had a problem. I'm now using Recode 126.96.36.199 (part of NeroVision Express v. 188.8.131.52) and can't seem to get a single burn to work in either of my standalone players, and only partially on my Xbox. I tried a trial version of CloneDVD a few minutes ago, and had a successful burn which was playable on all three players. All discs played fine on the computer, but failed on the standalone players. My Sony DVP-NS725P will load the disc, attempt to read, then power off with the Nero encoded discs even! The Xbox will play the discs after some time, but will start playing the first episode only.. bypassing all menus.
I've tried three different media types: Princo 4x DVD-R, Fuji 8x DVD+R (Taiyo Yuden), and some printable Taiyo Yuden DVD+R 8x from Rima. I've also tried recording on three different drives (cheap Artec DVDR, NEC 2510, and BenQ1620) and no matter which combination was used, in all cases the discs coded by Nero failed, while every disc encoded by DVDShrink worked.
Any ideas what could be causing this, or has anyone experienced similar issues? I'd think something this major would've surely been reported by now, so I'm hoping I've overlooked something simple. Is there a 'Burn a Coaster' checkbox I'm leaving checked somewhere?