Hi, first i'd like to thank every1 who contributes to this forum (especially firmware hackers!) :iagree:
I have been on this site a lot, but never had the need to post until now.
PLeASE Read This, I know its Long...
I originally purchased a Nec ND-2500A from NewEgg around March 2-3rd and it worked great, I used the 1.06 riplock rpc1 region-free firmware. Now, I had warning not to use the drive as a ripper to rip dvds, but I put it aside in my mind thinking it would last at least 2-3 years before i would get problems. Well, I barely ripped any dvds except my original Family Guy Collection (for backup purposes) which is like 11 DVDs and maybe 5 movie dvds.
Well..one day, DVD shrink (when it first started analyzing the disk which is a 1-2 minute process when u first insert the movie DVD) stopped at 68% of the analyzation everytime. I tried cleaning the disk. I thought eh, must be a corrupt dvd. Then I put a brand new DVD movie that was shining so brightly and was so virgin, and opened dvd shrink and it stopped at around 42%. Now, I knew something was wrong, and was getting worried..well i was using 1.06 riplock and rpc1 or whatever so I flashed it with beta 7 (i forget which one it was) but it was back in April or something when the bitsetting firmware from herrie was just introduced. I flashed it to that (in DoS and Windows) and it still stopped reading/analyzing the dvd at the same percents. Then I wondered if it was the dual layer dvds that are having trouble being read so i put a dvd5 movie dvd from the library (not intended to rip, just to see if it reads it) and sure enough, it stopped analyzing at 30%ish.
I tried formatting, using different computers, but I knew it was the burner. I was heart-broken...i loved the dvd burner, it was my new found passion. I love making standard dvd's that are compatible in all my friend's dvd player.
Anyways...I flashed back to STOCK 1.06 and RMA'd it to NewEgg...
They're shipping me the new Nec ND-2500A, and it should be here tomorrow.
(For some reason, i feel like im going to get a crappy one or something i dunno..)
Anyways, I ordered some Prodisk DVD-R 4x from Rima: http://www.rima.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=R&Product_Code=1631-100&Category_Code=DM
I was wondering if I should use the stock firmware it comes with to burn these prodisks, or are there any better firmwares for Prodisk? Also, I heard these can burn at 8x? Is the quality in any way decreased when burned at 8x? I would rather have quality high compatibility disks that read in all my players, so should i stick at 4x or does the quality remain the same even at 8x?
Which firmware is best for Prodisks that gives the highest compatibility to dvd players and fastest speed?
I still dont know about burning at 8x...it seems a bit risky for me just to save 6-7 minutes, but if you guys assure me the quality is not detered then I will try it.
Oh yea, which DVD-ROM should I buy to rip dvds? Something that rips fast, has quality, and will last for a long time (at least 2-3 years).
Also, if you guys suggest using a beta bitsetting firmware, should I set dvd+r and dvd+rw to dvd-rom? and what about dvd-r? is dvd-r better to be dvd-r or dvd-rom in bitsetting?
THANKS EVERYBODY! I truely appreciate all the help this site has gave me. You guys rock