I’ve got a Dell E1505 laptop with a Sony DW-Q58A burner, rated at 8x for DVD-R recording.
I’ve been backing up several of my DVD’s and I’m having incessant problems with skipping. The original DVD’s are clean/unscratched… the read goes through perfectly, and the burn completes successfully without any problems. I’m using IMGBurn to burn, Verbatim 16x DVD-R’s (made in Taiwan, MCC 03RG20), and I burn at 4x in the hopes of avoiding skips and errors. I also leave my computer during burns so as not to affect the buffer. Before the Verbatims, I also tried TDK’s which I thought might be to blame, but the problem remained with the Verbatims.
I feel like I’ve tried everything and I’m not sure what’s causing the problem. I simply can’t get a good, skip-free DVD. I tested some of the backups in Nero CD-DVD speed and got quality scores of 60-70, if that matters at all. Also, my firmware is UDS2, which is supposed to be the latest OEM driver from Dell. I know there’s another firmware (UYS3) at codeguys, but its release date is older than my current one. Plus I may end up sending the drive back to Dell since it seems to me like it’s either defective, or just not a very good drive.
What do you guys think? Thanks in advance.