Problem with Dvd Shrink 3.1

I have a Toshiba SD-R5272 with 1031 firmware. I am having problems copying dvd’s. The copy goes fine and will play in my home dvd player. Problem is the last 10 or 15 minutes of the dvd starts getting choppy and the audio starts dropping in and out. I have only made 3 copies so far. All 3 were on different media. If I watch the saved outputed files on my pc the audio and video are fine. I figure it is something in the burn process. Of the 3 I have copied only 1 works flawlessly. Oddly enough though the media is HP dvd+r 4x disc. This is the only dvd I copied that works good. I made one dvd data disk and one dvd movie and then my burner quit burning to these disk’s anymore. The burn process appears to go fine, but my pc or home dvd will not read the disk. I called the support number and was told to update my firmware and try different media. I updated to 1031 but still can’t burn to the HP disk. After that I have successfully burned with verbatim and imation media for data disk, but have the problem with the movies. Looking for some ideas. I am pretty new to dvd burning.

Thanks in advance!
Billy

what i find odd is that the drive burned fine to HP media once, but now it doesn’t burn to HP media ? hmm, what program is doing the burning ? maybe an update of that program ? other things to consider >>>

  1. go through the 10 points listed @ http://www.mrbass.org/dvdnewbie/ [ you may not be a newbie, but the trouble is, and might be related to one or more of the listed items ]. note: very important to keep the transfer mode on IDE channels in DMA mode. check them every now and then as the transfer mode can change without you being notified. see this MS article http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/IDE-DMA.mspx

  2. a) know your drive’s capabilities. use nero info tool to discover them. also go to the drive maker’s website and find out what media types and brands, and at what speed to those media types, the drive supports. [ eg., my pioneers 107d & 108a can burn to dvd-rw @ 4x without trouble, but my optorite 401 can only burn @ 2x to dvd-rw even though Nero and other burning programs will allow the drive to burn @ 4x and will produce a “successfull” disc @ 4x…but the result is a coaster ] b) update the firmware of the drive. check for updates @ http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_all.php

  3. a) try another brand of CD/DvD disc. b) try burning at lower speed. eg., don’t burn at 24x to 16x media; burn according to MEDIA speed limits, don’t try to burn at the cd/dvd drive’s max speed until you are certain that you can do so without negative consequences.

  4. a) disable and/or uninstall any virtual drives. b) install an aspi layer. preferred is v460. get it @ http://www.snapfiles.com/get/aspilayer.html

  5. a) update the burning program you are using to the latest release. b) uninstall any recently installed software. c) do a virus scan, and a scan with spybot s & d [ get it @ http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html ]

  6. for XP or Win2K users, optimise your operating system Services for best system performance. for info go to http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm#Alerter and http://www.freeware-alternative.uni.cc/downloads/service-controller-xp/service-controller-xp.html

  7. before burning, open taskmanager and shutdown ALL unneeded processes that are running. DON’T commence a virus scan or a defrag before or during a burn - sadly, i have seen it happen !

  8. a) try another burning software and see if you get a better result. deepburner standard is free. get it @ http://www.deepburner.com/ b) for users of alcohol 120%, update to the latest drives support DLL [ look for topic “Alcohol 120% Device Support Patch Released” @ http://forum.alcohol-soft.com/index.php?showforum=10 ] c) if you have multiple burning softwares installed, uninstall them all, then install one. test it. install another if needed. test it, and so on…

  9. make sure mainboard chipset drivers are up to date. make sure all cables and jumpers connected to drives are correctly configured with regard to master/slave setup.

  10. enter your BIOS and disable anything you don’t use. set memory speeds to default. set cpu speed to default. if you overclock, DON’T [ until you are certain that overclocking is not the cause of the trouble ].

  11. if you still cannot fix the problem, try the drive or the CD/DvD disc you are having problems with in another PC that has no burning issues [ if possible ]

Dude… upgrade to the latest version of DVDShrink … which is 3.2 now

see if that helps anything… its worth a go huh >?<

Thanks for all the great information. I will try these things. I am using the nero express that is coming with some of the drives out there. Yeah, not sure how it burned to the HP disk twice and now it won’t. I have been thinking of trying the Ritek media. From what I have read my drive supports several of the different Ritek formats.