DVD burner issues in desktop and laptop

By Kh8286
May 30, 2008
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  1. Alright so I'm having some issues with my DVD burners in both my desktop and laptop.

    In my desktop, the burner rips DVDs just fine. The ripped DVD plays perfectly on the computer but when you burn it to a blank DVD-R, the scenes play all mixed up and doesnt even play the entire movie. What is up with that and how do I fix it?

    In my laptop, the DVD drive doesn't play DVDs very well at all. The playback is awful. The playback skips along like it's having a hard time reading the DVD itself. I've even tried other players and other DVDs with the same result. Burning DVDs takes hours as the buffer in the program always seems to be running making the DVD longer to burn. What should I do?

    Thanks in advance, guys.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Laptop DVD's are not as good as Desktop DVD players (especially with burnt discs)

    That's the best answer
  3. Kh8286

    Kh8286 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    No, I'm playing my store-bought DVDs on my laptop with this problem.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Run CCleaner on both (to remove all the temp files)

    Also the burnt part was in brackets
  5. Kh8286

    Kh8286 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    That's been done, same results.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    It's recommended to exit all running programs (ie Antivirus and the Internet) Plus the tens of others that are possible running and updating.
    By the way what AV are you running?

    Actually run Startup Control Panel and turn off all you can, then burn again

    Also you have run CCleaner recently I hope
  7. Kh8286

    Kh8286 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Everything is ALWAYS exited out, nothing is ever running when I'm watching or burning a DVD. Also, I disable all startup programs all the time (when I install new software) so that can't be the issue. As for CCleaner, it has been run recently, but I can do it again.
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    What about
    Windows Updates
    Java Updates
    A whole bunch more
    Indexing Service
    System Restore
    Defrag

    What Windows version?
    What Antivirus version?
    Which Burning software?
    How much Ram?
    What's the Paging File set to?
    Have you run CheckDisk?
    What about just a Disc Cleaner?

    Actually optimizing is very big on howto
    There are many sites and lots of pages of info

    I couldn't possibly go on, because I could keep writing pages of possible issues
    We haven't even covered HijackThis logs?
    Spyware/Malware (using many tools)
    Windows Security Updates

    There are other issues too:
    Write protection software
    Region codes
    DVD -R or + R

    There's more you know !
  9. Kh8286

    Kh8286 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Windows Updates - All updated
    Java Updates - Didn't even know there was a way to update it. Please link me.

    Indexing Service - huh?
    System Restore - Done
    Defrag - Done

    What Windows version? - XP
    What Antivirus version? - Avast Antivirus, updated
    Which Burning software? - DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink (using RipIt4Me)
    How much Ram? Desktop (512MB, i know, sad) and Laptop (2GB)
    What's the Paging File set to? - huh?
    Have you run CheckDisk? - wha?
    What about just a Disc Cleaner? - Done

    We haven't even covered HijackThis logs? - Eh?
    Spyware/Malware (using many tools) - No spyware/malware
    Windows Security Updates - Everything is updated
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Java:
    http://java.com/en/download/installed.jsp?detect=jre&try=1

    PageFile:
    Start-->Control Panel-->System-->Advanced (Top one)-->Settings-->Advanced-->Change
    Set both Min and Max to 768Meg on the Desktop -->Apply-->Ok-->Restart
    Laptop, leave as System Managed

    CheckDisk:
    Open My Computer
    Right Click on C drive
    Select Properties
    Select Tools tab
    Select Check Now button
    Tick "Automatically fix file system errors"
    Start YES OK
    Restart your computer
    Wait for Check Disk to start/finish
  11. Kh8286

    Kh8286 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Well, the laptop still does it, so I'm assuming the desktop is still going to burn the DVDs the same as well.

    The only way I can describe the playback on the laptop is that its like an echo. It plays a song or a voice says something and almost immediately after, you can hear it again just as loud. The video "echoes" too.
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