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digdoug wrote: I can't see it anywhere in smartstart, unless it's hidden deep somewhere. where is it usually?

also, does anyone know the quality on these: Fujifilm 15-Pack Dual Layer 8.5GB DVD+R Spindle. with a coupon, it comes out to $15 for me, so I grabbed a spindle to burn my first DL DVDs.

http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/proddetai ... FS10074293
It's not under extras? Unless someone else has any idea, I'd just use one of the free tools at lightscribe.com

As far as Fuji DVD+RDL goes, it's CRAP. That goes without saying for all Fuji media, but their DVD+RDL is particularly bad. Go Verbatim!!
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'[buck wrote:;4253619']It's not under extras? Unless someone else has any idea, I'd just use one of the free tools at lightscribe.com

As far as Fuji DVD+RDL goes, it's CRAP. That goes without saying for all Fuji media, but their DVD+RDL is particularly bad. Go Verbatim!!
nm, I can see it now that I updated the lightscribe drivers. crap, I already purchased the fujis since I had that $5 off coupon. how bad is bad? I was just gonna back up dvd movies with it. will it be playable 2-3 years from now? I only wanted a couple of DVD DLs to try that were cheap (comes out to $1/DVDDL for this one). how much are the verbatims when they're on sale?
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digdoug wrote: nm, I can see it now that I updated the lightscribe drivers. crap, I already purchased the fujis since I had that $5 off coupon. how bad is bad? I was just gonna back up dvd movies with it. will it be playable 2-3 years from now? I only wanted a couple of DVD DLs to try that were cheap (comes out to $1/DVDDL for this one). how much are the verbatims when they're on sale?
2-3 years? i think it's safe to say NO or VERY doubtful, IF you can even get them to burn properly!

verbatim's have gone on sale for about 35.99/20 quite often. NCIX had them for 35.99 with a $11 MIR about a month ago; i think that was the best deal so far.
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rahzel wrote: 2-3 years? i think it's safe to say NO or VERY doubtful, IF you can even get them to burn properly!

verbatim's have gone on sale for about 35.99/25 quite often. NCIX had them for 35.99 with a $11 MIR about a month ago; i think that was the best deal so far.
And that'll be the best deal for a while now I think... Hopefully sometime in January or February we'll see similar pricing again.... maybe? This is a guess, not based on any inside info.

Something that *IS* based on inside info is the imminant release of a Verbatim 8x DVD+RDL 15pc cake box product. No word on the pricing for it yet though. Country of origin is listed as Singapore.

Sorry I haven't been around lately, I've been VERY busy!! Maxell and Verbatim have been giving me LOT'S to do!! Expect some nice boxing day things happening, especially in BC ;)
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too bad BB doesn't sell Verbatim DLs. are the philips DLs any good? they have some on sale now, along with some memorexes.
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/prodde ... &langid=EN
I have a Benq 1655 & an LG 4040, is there no cheap DVD DL media I can burn well, or is it just Verbatim for me?
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digdoug wrote: too bad BB doesn't sell Verbatim DLs. are the philips DLs any good? they have some on sale now, along with some memorexes.
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/prodde ... &langid=EN
I have a Benq 1655 & an LG 4040, is there no cheap DVD DL media I can burn well, or is it just Verbatim for me?
Yeah, the BenQ DW1655 is not a great DVD+RDL burner really... and the LG 4040B CAN'T burn DVD+RDL. So you don't have a lot of options. If you had the Pioneer DVR-111 you could work with the Philips stuff decently, even the Memorex's might be usable to some extent.
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CD-Rs = Maxell CD-R Pro, Verbatim Datalife+, Falcon Media Pro
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digdoug wrote: nm, I can see it now that I updated the lightscribe drivers. crap, I already purchased the fujis since I had that $5 off coupon. how bad is bad? I was just gonna back up dvd movies with it. will it be playable 2-3 years from now? I only wanted a couple of DVD DLs to try that were cheap (comes out to $1/DVDDL for this one). how much are the verbatims when they're on sale?
out of a spindle of 15, 3 of them burned fine...the rest were coasters
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Google for "Digital Dolphin"
The first returned link is :: blankmedia.ca :: ask digital dolphin ::

Go to it.
Notice the blurb at the top:
[INDENT]You may also look forward to the Digital Dolphin's new website which is expected to launch sometime near the end of this year, for in depth blank media reviews - https://thedolphinreview.com.[/INDENT]
(Yes, the actual link on that page differs subtly from the displayed text but they both point to the same domain)

Click on that link and...

You are transferred to a page of links , where the first one is...
"Buy Blue Dolphin Vibrator".

Hmmm...
That will surely make my burner happy!
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fozzey wrote: Hi, this Slashdot article is about an article by Patrick McFarland (it says he is the Free Software Magazine author) where he talks about archival media.

I was just wondering what people's thoughts where on the article.
Well, he's got a lot of good info, but he's also fairly biased towards Taiyo Yuden. I don't personally agree with everything he says, and I deffinately don't feel like you can just say one type of media will always be the best. In the past I would have said the same, but I've not seen ANY company making media that hasn't made some HUGE mistakes. I actually keep a list of Taiyo Yuden issues for people just like him :razz:

So far it looks like this:

Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD+R:
Quality Problems with Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD+R:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=188101

Variation Problems with Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD+R:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php ... ge=3&pp=25

Degridation problems with Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD+R:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=192084

Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD+R:
Quality Problems with Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD+R:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=188030

Quality Problems with Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD+R:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=189331

Lifespan Problems with Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD+R:
http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic. ... 143#157143

Lifespan Problems with Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD+R:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showpost.php?p ... stcount=11

Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD-R:
Quality Problems with Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD-R:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=186212
Refer to post #11

Quality Problems with Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD-R:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=185396

Quality Problems with Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD-R:
http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=22039

Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD-R:
Quality Problems with Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD-R:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=181539

Extreme Bonding Problems with Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD-R:
http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic. ... 141#161141

Burn Quality Issues with Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD-R:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=202144

Taiyo Yuden Value Line DVD-Rs:
http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=22098

Taiyo Yuden Silver Thermal CD-Rs:
Silver flaking off of disc within 1 year:
http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic. ... 283#161283
Current DVD Burner Suggestion? Stick with Pioneer
Current suggested recordable media?
CD-Rs = Maxell CD-R Pro, Verbatim Datalife+, Falcon Media Pro
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Alexo wrote: Google for "Digital Dolphin"
The first returned link is :: blankmedia.ca :: ask digital dolphin ::

Go to it.
Notice the blurb at the top:
[INDENT]You may also look forward to the Digital Dolphin's new website which is expected to launch sometime near the end of this year, for in depth blank media reviews - https://thedolphinreview.com.[/INDENT]
(Yes, the actual link on that page differs subtly from the displayed text but they both point to the same domain)

Click on that link and...

You are transferred to a page of links , where the first one is...
"Buy Blue Dolphin Vibrator".

Hmmm...
That will surely make my burner happy!
I've e-mailed blankmedia.ca to have that address removed. There is no way I have the time to make my own webpage anymore... I don't even have enough time to post half of my test data anymore :(

Furthermore, The Digital Dolphin does not officially support any one particular dolphin shaped sex toy over another, blue or otherwise (unless it's BluRay).
Current DVD Burner Suggestion? Stick with Pioneer
Current suggested recordable media?
CD-Rs = Maxell CD-R Pro, Verbatim Datalife+, Falcon Media Pro
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anyone here know what's the media code for KodaK DVD-R 16x, I know the DVD+R 16x is optodisc, there is an into offer for 200 DVD-R 16x for $50 at the source
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Hi guys,
Im looking to buy a another shipment of blank DVD's. I used to stick totally with the Maxell Plus series. Apparently blankmedia is no longer carrying them, and I was told this is due to higher cost and outsourcing thier production.

Is the Maxell Plus series still one of the best, or should I be looking at something else? If I should be looking at somethign else, what is recommended?

Thanks!
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apvm wrote: I know the DVD+R 16x is optodisc
Speaking of which, anybody know why Nero reports it as a 12x disc?
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sandman804 wrote: Hi guys,
Im looking to buy a another shipment of blank DVD's. I used to stick totally with the Maxell Plus series. Apparently blankmedia is no longer carrying them, and I was told this is due to higher cost and outsourcing thier production.
what is the latest word on the best type of blank DVDs to buy now days? Is it still the Maxell BQ discs followed by... ?

edit: also how bad are the Fuji spindle of 100 being offered at FS for $16.99 on boxing day (i realize they wont compare to the above two brands)
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Dolphin, I have a problem. MY dvd burner in my laptop sucks. I was burning a video file to DVD with nero express. And at first it was insanely fast, like it was only gonna take 30 minutes, because my processor is insanely better than my old amd1800+.

The dvd burner, because it sucks so much made the burning process take 1h30m. So, I was thinking, if i got a usb enclosure for my pioneer dvd burner, would that solve the problem? (that burner is excellent) I'm just worried that the USB will restrict the data flow.

I will be burning at 4x.
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