I wasn't sure whether to post this with the Samsung drives or with Media or Labeling or just with Hardware ... so, I'm just picking a spot and hoping someone can help.
I have a Dell laptop that is less than 6 months old. It came with a Samsung TSST Corp TS-L632H DVD burner. I also just purchased an Epson RX-595 printer.
I have spent almost half the day digging around this forum today and quickly getting in over my head as far as DVD burning technology goes. I did find some posts that reported very similar problems to the one I'm having with the inkjet printable DVDs, but they had not been updated in several years.
My problem seems to be specific to burning DVDs that have the inkjet printable surface. The DVDs will begin playing back in our standalone player (Philips) or in my computer just fine, but will start to freeze up/resume playing/freeze again for a few seconds/resume playing within 5 minutes or so of the beginning of the video. I've had this happen with every DVD I've tried burning. The videos play fine from my hard drive backups. I finally just picked one video to use as a test and started trying various things like reducing the burn speed, changing media types, etc. I've tried HP 16x +R's (burning at 6x and 8x) and Maxell 8x -R's (burning at 8x). I've updated the firmware to the drive to the latest release. None of that helped, and it's not consistent in the places that it freezes/resumes.
Yesterday a friend gave me a plain JVC DVD-R (i.e. - no inkjet surface) to try burning to, and it worked flawlessly. That was the first video DVD (out of probably over 25-30 inkjet DVDs now) that I've burned with no jerks or pauses. I'm using DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink (when needed) and Nero 7.
At this point, I am strongly considering an external drive, because I REALLY want to be able to use my printer. I'm wondering if any of you who currently use inkjet printable DVDs and an external drive, could make recommendations ... what type burner do you use if it's still available (if not, what would you buy if you were in the market right now?) and what type of media? Or, if anyone knows of something else that might be causing the problem with the TS-L632H ... ??? I've read lots of posts on various forums about people returning this drive to Dell (after lots of hassle), but none having the same problem as me. Honestly, I'd rather buy an external drive than deal with Dell Tech Support.
My laptop is running XP SP2. It's a Core 2 Duo T7500 with 2GB of RAM and 320GB HD (if any of that helps).
Any help would be greatly appreciated.