since I am new to dvd burning all I know is the verbatim dvds were a sort of blue/purple dye color.
sometimes I had the disk in and it would say there was no media in the drive until i tryed putting it in a couple of times.
the new maxell RWs I bought were expensive, but work. 3 for $20. I guess that I will try to find regular dvd-r in maxell since I know the dvd-rws work.