Hi,[quote=jamejame;2032120]Thank you all so much for all your help. My husband bought me the computer for Christmas -and he knows less about them than I do, and I know close to zilch. He told the salesman what I would like to do with a computer and bought what the salesman told him to.[/quote]I seriously doubt, a salesman does know about the strenghts and weaknesses of the components that are used in the computers he sells. He isn’t even to blame about that.
Plus he’d think he’d done a poor job of Christmas shopping, and I wouldn’t hurt his feelings for anything.
Well, it is really hard to explain, another drive is needed for a special purpose, unless the recipient is a regular CDfreaks member
So I take it as given that another drive is no option. Unfortunately, Liteon DVD writers are poor CD burners
I really am a complete newbie to the computer and I’m afraid I don’t understand about the Verbatim rated media. At first I thought it was a brand, but I guess that’s not correct. Could you clarify it for me?
Let me try. (Advanced members: I am simplifying here)
There are the disc manufacturers. They make the discs. Since any manufacturer has its own ideas how to make discs, discs from different manufacturers are treated differently by burners. They read some code from the disc to identify them (each manufacturer has its own code) and to select the proper method to write data on them.
Then there are the “brands”. Companies who buy the discs from the big manufacturer and just slap their brand name onto the discs and package.
There are not many disc manufacturers left who sell the discs they make under their own brand.
And there is outsourcing: a big brand orders discs from the big manufacturers, but this time according to detailled specs defined by the brand. These discs will also have the media identification code defined by the brand. And: depending on the plant where these discs are made, they might behave slightly different, although the reciepe should be the same.
In short: it is the manufacturer of the disc, that matters, not the brand (but brand can give some additional information about the disc quality). Also, CD/DVD handle discs from different manufacturers in different ways (even if they are sold under the same brand), so the results can be poor or good.
And do you think a better brand of media might fix the problem?
At least there is a chance. Where are you located? If in USA, then getting Taiyo Yuden (TY) made discs sold by rima.com should be an option.