Greetings from Brazil! Until recently I had a DVD drive LG GSA 4082B working perfectly. I never had problems using cheap disks (Ritek, Princo, Arita, etc) and never lost any media with bad recording (pixelization, skipping, freezing, etc.).The softwares used: DVD Decrypter / DVD2One/Clone DVD2.
Unfortunately, on early January 2005, I had a problem with my LG GSA-4082B drive and had to replace it for a new model: LG GSA 4160B. As usual, I updated the drive firmware (now running with official LG A302). However, since I installed the new LG drive on the same PC machine (keeping the same softwares listed above) I am getting pixelization in ALL medias, including the most expensive ones such as TDK, Samsung, LG, Philips, etc. The pixelization occurs alleatory in all the recorded disc, showing a lot of minisquares slowing the picture movement, but not freezing it. This pixelization effect is visible also when I play the media with 3 different desktop DVD players (two Pioneers and one Panasonic). Interesting: I have watched the video VOBs (after DVD2One processing) straight from the hard disk, and the pixelization does not occurs!!! Conclusion: this effect is ocurring during the recording process only! I did a double check with the new LG DVD drive in other machine and it worked perfectly (but with NERO). So the drive it is working fine.
The hardware used is: Pentium IV 2.0 Ghz, 512 Mb RAM DDR 333, HD 40 Gb 7200 rpm, DVD drive LG 4160B. Operation system: Windows XP + SP1 + SP2 plus all Win XP updates. The HD is defragmented twice a week. IDE controllers primary/secondary are set as DMA. The DVD unit is installed as a secondary master (HD as a primary master). Summing it up: from the previous system, basically nothing has changed unless the new DVD drive.
Does anyone has a good idea of the reason why I am getting this pixelization effect in ALL DVDs recorded with Clone DVD 2? I can't understand why I never had problems using Clone DVD2 on my previous LG DVD drive but now I can't record any media using this software (due the pixelization).
Thanks in advance for you kind help.