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Verbatim blank DVD -/+R ALERT: PROBLEM batch (serial numbers starting MAP6 or PAP6)

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good thing that I always stick with the DVD+R since I got my first burner :D

i'm sure this little crisis will be resolved soon :D
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The Digital Dolphin wrote: Ok, I don't want to start a major panic about Verbatim media...

I'm going to try to clarify things a little first. This media with the MAP6 code, has been seen causing a lot more problems then usual Verbatim MAPA code discs. This is something that is known, and Verbatim has been made aware of. The reasoning behind it is not clear, and until that is found it can't be solved. In the meantime, the problem seems to be mainly compatability issues, and inconsistant ones at that. So if it doesn't burn on one drive, it might burn perfectly on another.

At this point, I would say sticking with DVD+R from Verbatim might be a good idea, since I don't know of any affected DVD+Rs. But if you really like DVD-R, it's probably mostly going to be ok.

But I can assure you that I *AM* working on this one, and I'm not the only one. Also remember that Verbatim has a very good warranty service, and faulty media *WILL* be replaced. (you pay shipping one way, and they give you extra media in return).
But will they be doing a recall of the MAP6 media and if not why not?

I must say I wouldn't be too happy with the me paying shipping one way since they know this media is defective and they're still allowing it to be sold considering the MAP6 I have is a 100 pack (from when Staples had them on sale for $20 about a year ago) and I'm not sure they'd send me enough media in return for what it'd cost to send a package that heavy (or if I'd be sent another batch of MAP6 media).

Thank goodness my Panasonic DMR-E50 seems to be able to handle them fine so this is just me musing and not being ticked off aside from the principle of the matter.
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NG wrote: But will they be doing a recall of the MAP6 media and if not why not?

I must say I wouldn't be too happy with the me paying shipping one way since they know this media is defective and they're still allowing it to be sold considering the MAP6 I have is a 100 pack (from when Staples had them on sale for $20 about a year ago) and I'm not sure they'd send me enough media in return for what it'd cost to send a package that heavy (or if I'd be sent another batch of MAP6 media).

Thank goodness my Panasonic DMR-E50 seems to be able to handle them fine so this is just me musing and not being ticked off aside from the principle of the matter.
Without knowing what the problem is and the extent of the compatability issues there will DEFFINATELY be no recall. Maxell didn't recall their RITEKG05 when it was highly defective, TDK doesn't recall the sh*t they call media selling at Costco, Memorex doesn't recall their media either. And all of these are much MUCH worse then the problems currently going on with the media with this serial number (at least based on the number of reported complaints I've seen).

Honestly, Verbatim is one of the smallest offenders in this sense, if not the smallest. But I don't know ANY media brand or manufacturer that hasn't knowingly sold problamatic media at some point. But most of the time people don't complain, so nothing is done to change things!
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Just an FYI, I now have samples of both very bad MAP6 Verbatim 16x DVD-Rs and (so far) perfectly fine MAP6 16x DVD-Rs.
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haha i hope they aren't in the 25 packs i got from the source.....i still have yet to work my way through those but i've used 3 25 packs and nothing bad on me yet
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mok86 wrote: haha i hope they aren't in the 25 packs i got from the source.....i still have yet to work my way through those but i've used 3 25 packs and nothing bad on me yet
The 25pks I got from the source were fine... so far. I have a 50pk of shiny silver that doesn't seem to burn in anything yet though. I need to run it through more burners still before I make a final judgement however.
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LonesomeDove wrote: The argument that Verbatims are no good because nobody on the street heard of them is pretty silly. For example, there are a lot of high end stuff in the fashion world that I've never heard of but does that mean they are no good?
Actually, it just means that it is a waste of money :-)
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Anyone pick up the Verbatim 50Pk DVD-R 16 they have at Canada Computers?
they were 16.99....that sounds incredibly cheap to me and im just wondering how they work for others

I want to go for Verbatims....i dont really buy this posters story about them being FAULTY based on his own experience when Verbatim is regarded so highly from others elsewhere.
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I went back and checked my notes on some things, and the Nexxtech MCC 03RG20 from RadioShack/The Source @ Circuit City, as well as the TDK 16x DVD-R's that I got from Costco (that do NOT work at all) both have the MAP6 serial number system from CMC. The Nexxtech ones work ok though.
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ReeGee wrote: i dont really buy this posters story about them being FAULTY based on his own experience when Verbatim is regarded so highly from others elsewhere.
If you care to read just a couple (not even all or most) of more USEFUL posts in this thread, you will know that it's a FACT that these Verbatim blank DVD-R's with serial number starting MAP6 are "causing a lot more problems", and it is "something that is known, and Verbatim has been made aware of".

I know it's hard to filter out the babble without a clear mind.
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The Digital Dolphin wrote: I went back and checked my notes on some things, and the Nexxtech MCC 03RG20 from RadioShack/The Source @ Circuit City, as well as the TDK 16x DVD-R's that I got from Costco (that do NOT work at all) both have the MAP6 serial number system from CMC. The Nexxtech ones work ok though.
I can 2nd that the TDK's from costco don't work AT ALL. 12 discs burnt -> 12 coasters > :(
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well i guess buying dvds is useless now. all dvds suck. they will degrade after some time anyway, so why waste ur time. lets all go back to carving out stuff in stone.

btw TL, if u do some googling, u'll find that global warming is happening and is directly related to human activity. while if u do some more googling, u'll find that global warming is not directly related to human activity and is happening naturally. so which one should i believe?

my point is, there will always be two sides to a topic. some will be on one side, some on the other. because i am sure if i do some googling, i can find u a lot more positive reviews on this media than negative. so again, which one should i believe?
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smuncky wrote: well i guess buying dvds is useless now. all dvds suck. they will degrade after some time anyway, so why waste ur time. lets all go back to carving out stuff in stone.

btw TL, if u do some googling, u'll find that global warming is happening and is directly related to human activity. while if u do some more googling, u'll find that global warming is not directly related to human activity and is happening naturally. so which one should i believe?

my point is, there will always be two sides to a topic. some will be on one side, some on the other. because i am sure if i do some googling, i can find u a lot more positive reviews on this media than negative. so again, which one should i believe?
Very good point. No wonder this thread has a 1 star rating. :lol: :lol:
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And there are whole websites dedicated to listing the compatibility of the different CD and DVD media codes with the different equipment (readers, burners, standalone players).

Every media code ever listed on any these sites is incompatible with a least one piece of equipment and compatible with at one piece of equipment.

This thread still remains relatively useless.
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smuncky wrote: if u do some googling, u'll find that global warming is happening and is directly related to human activity. while if u do some more googling, u'll find that global warming is not directly related to human activity and is happening naturally. so which one should i believe?
Can't help you there, if you don't even know how to use Google.

Of course you don't just trust some amateurs who don't even know about this MAP6/PAP6 problem which have been well discussed among industry insiders.

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