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Verbatims with the MCC code are very good. However some of them have the CMC code and they are not as good.
I personally use TY media and they have been problem free. They are readily available in North America, but I'm not sure where rainrix is from possibly France or Belgium?
Rainrix, try the DVD-R media and then if you are still having problems, then the Ripper 1 modchip may be the problem like you mentioned.
That's not true anymore. All Verbatims (barring pastels) are now MCC coded. The deal is that even though they carry the MCC code, most of them are now produced by Prodisc or CMC Magnetics. They are definitely better than Prodisc or CMC Mag's regular dyes but they don't quite have the quality standards of true MCC (Singapour produced Verbatims). However, as I understand it the Prodisc produced MCCs are excellent and do seem to stand out from the CMC produced MCC discs. You can tell the two apart by looking at the serial numbers. The Prodisc produced MCC Verbatims are made in Taiwan and have a - or + breaking up the serial. The CMC Mag MCCs are also made in Taiwan but they don't have anything breaking up the serial. Kinda confusing at first but once you know what to look for then it isn't a problem. Anyways, MCC is more readily available at a reasonable price in Europe than TY is. We really are spoiled here in North America when it comes to media prices and availability.
Originally Posted by jon_jon
Memorex are average at best. They are either Prodisc or CMC Magnetics produced and unlike Verbatim they don't have the MCC dye. So you take two hits: 1. The dye isn't as good 2. The quality standards are even lower. Verbatim really is the best all around media for the price in Europe right now. I used to know where to get some Fuji relabled TY DVD+R discs for a decent price in the UK, but the Fuji discs have switched to Ritek media codes now so you would be in the exact same boat that you are currently in.
Originally Posted by rainrix
And my boat is sinking, i will abandon any kind of dvd+r, i looked for verbatim on ebay but all i can say is they are expensive.
Excellent posts FIRED. Here in Europe Verbatims are common and have quite a good price (less than 0.5 usd each). REAL TY media are rare, there are more fakes than original. These days I use Fujifilm03 dye with my NEC burner as I have some PS2's here that do not work with any media except the old G04, G03 and Fujifilm03. Still easier to find the proper media than changing the laser.
I've had excellent results with Memorex dvd+r. They've been playing on my v4 and my friends` v2 and v7. I've only backed up about 30 or so games, but haven't had a single coaster yet. It may also be worth noting that I'm also using a Memorex burner, not that it should matter.
I also had excellent results with Memorex 4x DVD+R media (MID:MBI) but their newer media (like 8x and DVD-R) are not the best. This is why I said the user has to spend some bucks on different media to test and choose the best of those. Last week I met a girl that used Arita DVD-R's in her Asus writer which had an old firmware and all disks were a coaster in the end. With my NEC burner those disks were usable, not the best but could be played in Xbox. Unfortunatelly many think if they got a 8x media and they have a 16x burner then they can write that at any speed, 8x or above. But these avarage or lower quality media cannot be burnt faster than 4x in many cases. Also they know nothing about firmwares neither quality tests, they just burn the disk, take a look at its bottom side and say: It's done, it must work. And they wonder when it does not. I reburnt about 10 of her disks last week, all work perfectly now, while the old disks had serious errors, I'll attach two scans just to show what I am talking about...
Originally Posted by digitalFX
It should also be noted that some Memorex +Rs used to carry the RicohJPNR01 code which is considered to be one of the best +R dyes out there. So if he got those on his Memorex discs then the results are not surprising. However as mentioned above they have since switched to lower quality manufacturers and their quality and consistancy is questionable at best. This is why I prefer to order straight from the source. BTW rambox currently has the 8x Verbatim DVD-R discs in stock for 7.48 pounds including VAT (25 pack). Not the cheapest media but definitely reasonable all things considered. I would act quickly though as 8x Verbatim are no longer in production and these will go quickly:
I have a v.4 PS2...I've always used -R media...what's the history on v.4 with +R media, anyone know???
V4 should reead DVD+R, though with the 400B laser DVD-R is much better.