Sorry i have a lot of questions and i am sooo new here...... i had no better idea for a title So here i go.
Recently i built a new rig and also got a new OS - Vista Ultimate. Previously i used XP SP2. I used my old burner in the new rig, but my old Nero 5.5 would not work under Vista, so i got Nero 126.96.36.199. When i tried to burn my first DVD's on this new rig, i got an error "Illegal Disc". I tried many times, uninstalled and reinstalled Nero etc, no joy - wasted 20 blanks trying. The media i used was "Princo 1-4x DVD-R", the same ones i used for a year before and never had a problem with.
So i got a new burner too, a LiteOn again but a newer model (can't recall now which one exactly as i am at my office now). However the errors remained largely the same - so i guessed the new Nero sucks, because even after upgrading it to the latest 188.8.131.52 or whatever it burned only like 50% of the disks ok, still wasting many with various errors, but ALWAYS during burning the "lead-in".
I switched to ImgBurn and found that it would not waste the disks, instead it does "retries" and gets the data on the DVD's alright. Still i guess there should be no need for the retries either, right?
Next i bought "Sony" DVD-R's as those are recommended by LiteOn for my model of burner. Nero wasted me two of those as well! And ImgBurn still brough the "Power Calibration Area Error" but got the job done.
Since everyone recommended me Taiyo-Yuden media, i tried to find them - no avail, they don't seem to exist here in Bangkok! I ended up with Verbatim ones, which were also recommended. I didn't even bother throwing those at Nero, but so far ImgBurn didn't have a single error and i burned like 16 of them already, so far so good.
However now i read here that Taiyo-Yuden makes disks also for other brands, like TDK? Those are available here. However Thailand is not only the "Land Of Smiles" but also the "Land Of Fakes" and the "Land Of No Refunds Under Any Circumstances", and money doesn't grow on trees. How can i see, with an unopened and sealed package, that the media inside is really what it is supposed to be, i.e. if the brand is "TDK", that they are really the ones "made by Taiyo-Yuden"?
Or should i just stick with the Verbatim's? I basically need to archive things like videos, i burn exclusively data DVD's to be read only on the computer but i need those to last, i already found that some of my (10-12 month old) Princo's have turned unreadable (i wonder how that happens anyway?)
Another question: Verbatim DVD-R are rather difficult to get here too, but DVD+R are widely available. Can i use those instead, will the result be the same? Sorry this may be a real newbie question, but what the heck is the difference between +R and -R..? They have the same capacity, they look the same.......
Also, why is it that ImgBurn detects the Princo's as "Princo", Sony as "Sony" but Verbatim as "MCC20..." something..? Is that supposed to be so, or did i get fakes here? However they seem to burn nicely, they are 1-8x and i burn them always at 4x (the Princo's i burned at 2x).
Last question: Is there a way to get DVD-burning to work in a virtual machine? I run MS Virtual PC under Vista and have a XP-SP2 installation running in there, however it doesn't "see" my DVD burner, only the other (reader) drive. My idea was initiallyto get Nero 5.5 to work there and burn onto the Princo disks as before, because they cost less than half what the Verbatim's cost. Since i go thru quite a few of them, "cost" is a big issue for me (in Thailand the average monthly salary is 250-300 us$, it took me two months salary to get the @#%! Windows Vista original, but i didn't want a pirated one of those on my brand new shiny computer).
I highly apreciate any answers i can get here.... please, if you want to ask me for all those "log" kind of things or "scans", explain me first how to get them - i just burn DVD's but not as a science
With kind regards......