+ 2 Votes Depends on the DVD Blanks OH Smeg January 6, 2013 at 8:44pm PST There are way too many possibilities here ranging from things out of your control like the Blanks being exposed to sunlight somewhere in the supply chain to the more likely thing a change in the Dye's used in the Blanks which is no lingers compactable with your Optical Drive. Different Blue Dyes can work while some may not work with some DVD Burners or conversely if you leave discs in the Burner a lot of the time the LED can be losing Intensity and is no longer capable of burning blanks. I have had bad lots of Discs from different suppliers in both DVD and CD Formats over the years and generally speaking just changing the supplier will cure the problem provided that the Burner isn't on it's way to Silicon Heaven. If the Drive is losing intensity on one type of Optical Disc it may work perfectly on the other type so lets say that the CD is no longer capable of being burnt in no way implies that a DVD will not be burnable or vice versa. As there are different colour LEDs involved in burning/reading DVD to CD it is quite possible that one is on it's way out while the other is in perfect condition. Col + 0 Votes Thank you all. Healer January 10, 2013 at 9:19am PST Thanks to Col too. + 0 Votes Your mileage may vary robo_dev January 7, 2013 at 12:08am PST Overall my observation is that laptop DVD drives are fairly picky (and very fragile). Most laptops use a very delicate snap-in center hub design and a flimsy plastic tray, and I've seen these get really flaky as they get used a bit. If by any chance the device has been exposed to cigarette smoke, or a dusty environment, that won't help either. A DVD lens-cleaner disk can help. I've worked with good solid DVD burners in desktops that will burn at any speed on any old media, my favoites are either Sony or TSST (Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology). If you burn a ton of DVDs on a laptop, the easy fix is to get an external DVD burner drive, preferably USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt interface if you have it. + 0 Votes All blank DVDs are the same. Healer January 7, 2013 at 7:43am PST In fact I was working on a friend's desktop Lenovo M58e ThinkCentre computer which was just about one year old. I am not too sure what sort of burner it has. That was the first time he tried to use the burner and in this case to copy a DVD and I was showing him how to. He bought a spindle of 50 DVDs not long ago. I presume they are just the cheapest available at the shop at the time. Since the project failed on his computer I brought home the original DVD together with some of his blank DVDs and tried on my laptop. The same problems happen. I have even tried with my blank DVDs. They are just the same. My friend and I hardly burn DVDs and the like. + 2 Votes All DVD Blanks certainly are NOT created equal... SmartAceW0LF January 7, 2013 at 10:37am PST and the cost has little to do with the quality. Generally, Verbatim is a good choice. So is Taiyo Yuden if you are purchasing say 100 or more. The URL posted by yourself isn't feeding you bad information by any means. That said, it isn't that they are claiming incompatible media and hardware. The claim is that many -yes, even most- brands of blank media available are just plain junk. And this is true. Here is a site that expounds on the subject a bit more. http://forums.adobe. com/thread/492540 . (Remove the space immediately preceeding "com" for the url to work) Scroll down to Posts 5, 7, 9 and 12, all posts by LordSmurf on that forum. My experiences -though not nearly so technical as his- mirror what he has to say about the subject. I am a firm believer in imgburn as well. I trust it and nothing else when burning any optical media. Most of the packages offered along with most manufactured computers have proven to be problematic to me. Nero, Roxio, etc. Use Imgburn, set the burn speed to 1x and imgburn will automatically correct the speed to the native burn speed of the disc being burned. So foot the cost of Verbatim or buy Taiyo Yuden in bulk. Incidentally, its worthy of note that TY -a relative newcomer in the blank media industry made its name in its quality. You will rarely see an advertisement from them. Yet, they are well known for their product. Almost as well known for quality as Ritek is for junk. + 0 Votes I have never had that problem... Slayer_ January 7, 2013 at 2:35pm PST I didn't even know those DVD's were different. I usually just buy the cheapest and I have never had an issue. If it makes any difference, I use the free program Deepburner. + 1 Votes Healer, can't reply to your reply so I opened up this... SmartAceW0LF January 9, 2013 at 11:15pm PST In my experience, burning mostly Operating System discs and movies, I have encountered bunk blanks from just about everywhere at one time or another. That is until I read up a bit and found a brand/vendor I like and since have had absolutely no problems whatsoever. I buy CD and DVD media in 100 disc spools. Having a shop I go through them like shop towels in an automotive mechanic shop. I have found the Taiyo Yuden brand to be very dependable and relatively inexpensive. At Supermediastore.com, I usually pick up the DVDs at less than .25 cents apiece shipping and all. It does fluctuate a little bit at times. A quick synopsis of the points made by LordSmurf in the forum earlier referred to is that DVD+R media production is overseen by a group that keeps the format up to a given standard especially where Video is concerned. As this forum deals with producers of video, this would be particularly advantageous to them. Long story short, you are likely much better off simply purchasing the +R for all around general purpose usage. As far as my experiences go, I usually purchase the TY -R and have never had a problem with them. Then too I do not produce video. Merely record it and encode it. On the matter of the URL thing in this particular forum, (and others also) many forums block posting of URLS. The blanks simply fool the software that detects, parses and flags them. + 0 Votes Thank you all. Healer January 10, 2013 at 9:19am PST Thanks to Col too.