You are telling your burning software that it is a DVD media disk and not just the raw data? If so then, from what you describe, I can think of three likely causes:
- Poor Media - although the brand may be the same it is quite likely that Sony buy them in direct from a manufacturer and could be a different quality. Even disks within a spindle can be from different manufacturers. Try with Verbatim disks - currently they maintain full quality control over their disk supplies.
- Burning at too high a speed. Try burning no faster than x4. If your existing burning software cannot vary the burn speed use the excellent free ImgBurn
- Dirty lens on the laser in your players. Use a lens cleaning disk that you can get from any computer store.
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I have also read that 16x blank media is not as reliable as 8x media, even when burned at the lowest speed. Not sure if that's a myth or not.
Thanks for all the responses. I sent my files to my 10 yr old Dell Dimension and used Nero Burning ROM to try and make a disk and it worked! I'm not sure what's going on with my laptop.
Next challenge will be to burn blu-rays! I'm hoping I won't have to make too many (even more expensive) coasters.
Did you follow the link to the FREE Imgburn?
I did. I will install it in my laptop to see how it works.
It should work perfectly. There are several pluses for using ImgBurn, besides it being free and very good:
1.) you can set the speed of the burn, which is very important, especially if one has used higher speed blank media (always use Verbatim, or Taiyo-Yuden blank media).
2.) it will tell you what the actual blank media is, regardless of the logo on the disc.