Hello, I’ve had this problem for some time now. I can’t say if it’s gotten worse in the last two years since I bought the drive, but it’s rare that I see a good burn these days. Today I formatted and completely reinstalled Windows XP SP2 with all the updates in order to rule out software issues.
When I burn a DVD, I generally burn them as data to be read by my computer solely. I typically burn DVDs with six 700 Mb video files, or twelve 350 Mb video files. For instance, the DVD I burned after the fresh installation contained six video files for a total of 4.2 Gb. I used Sonic RecordNow! 7.0 and didn’t get any error messages; ordinarily everything goes smoothly. When I play or access the first five video files off the DVD, everything is okay. However, when I try to play the sixth file, it doesn’t load. The DVD drive tries to access the sixth file infinitely, but just seems stuck. This is the case when trying to copy the file back to the hard drive, as well. This also happens in the scenerio of a DVD containing twelve video files, but the last one or two may not be readable. Occasionally, but rarely, I will burn a perfectly readable DVD in either situation.
Can anyone explain what’s going on here? If you require some additional information about the problem or my computer, please just ask!