weeell where to start. obviously this is my first post, and since I came upon this site via a google search, quickly navigating it to find out where I can pose the following question, I am sorry if I overlooked something (like this question being answered already, or this being the wrong forum, etc etc)
basically, I have been having MAJOR ISSUES burning movies. and since it seems -most- to be my drive, I thought posting here would be best.
to make a long story short, I run dvd shrink 3.2 and copy-to-dvd on my desktop comp. it has two drives, one dvd-rw and the other just dvd-rom. I started burning dvds I had rented (erm, purchased) from my work (at a video store) when a cust. with a subscrip. program lent me his dvd shrink disc. anyhow. so I have no problem ripping the movies from the disc onto my comp. I've had MAJOR problems with burning them, though. here is kind of a chronological breakdown of things:
- used shrink to both rip and burn, dvds would burn rarely (like 1 in 5 would finish, if I remember), and when it did it (I) did not condense data enough, so had to throw those dvds away
- figured out condensing, still, using shrink as both did not really work out
- got copy-to-dvd and started ripping with shrink, burning with copy-to-dvd. still very inconsistent now, I lose 3-4 discs with each burning job.
error msgs I have gotten: power calibration error, long write in process, low-quality media one, etc
I started off using maxells I bought from work, then I got a spindle of 50 sony dvd-r's. now I'm down to my last ten and they've only yielded about a dozen working dvds so far (often, they work, but I did not condense properly... ARGH!)
on top of all that, I've tried looking for firmware for my burner drive but I SWEAR when I look in hardware mgr. and look up the properties of the drive it doesn't list a manufacturer. and on top of that I slowed my drive down to 4x (from 16x), and still no dice.
so my question is: what's a good software combo? should I get a new drive? will firmware fix my problem? should I just kill myself at this point?
now I KNOW you're all smart, helpful fellows and in spite of the fact that it seems like it basically boils down to the fact that my burner is C-R-A-P I am positive there has to be some other solution. I am at wit's end. PLEEEEEASE help. thanks very much.