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NeoApocalypse is offline Old Post 12-05-2003 12:33 AM
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DVD-R/DVD-RW Compatability?

Has anyone had any problems with compatability with discs burned on the new Pioneer DVR-810H-S/DVR-810H? I'm considering getting one, but I have no experience with burned DVDs.

I would like to be able to play these discs on my Playstation 2 and my PC's Pioneer DVD-106S DVD-ROM drive (with PowerDVD software decoder/player). It would also be nice to be able to send burned DVDs to my parents. They have some sort of APEX and some sort of Panasonic DVD players, though I don't know what models.

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DVD-R disks have something like 90% compatibility with standalone DVD players, so you should be pretty safe if you use those. DVD-RW disks are only compatible with something like 70% of standalone DVD players, so I'd be a little more reluctant to use those for anything you're going to send to someone else.

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I don't think the PS2 supports anything other than pressed DVD's, but I would think the others would be OK with -R and probably -RW too.

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My PS2 played back a DVD-R (video). I assumed that it wouldn't but I had the disk sitting right there and figured what the heck, stuck it in and it started playing.

I only have the one burned disk so I couldn't test if this was normal behavior or not, but it is a data point.

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Lucky you If I recall correctly, the original run of PS2's didn't read DVD-R's, so perhaps they corrected this at some point, or that particular brand of -R happens to work.

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I have been sharing 2X DVD-RWs with my coworkers, burned from my 810. We also tried a 4X DVD-R early on. Compatibility has been iffy with the DVD-RW and better with the DVD-R.

All of my home DVD players and home computers/laptops could load the DVD-RW. Most of the computers/laptops at work had problems recognizing the DVD-RW. The IBM laptop that works can't recognize about half of the DVD-RWs I create but works with others (strange). One coworker's Cyberhome DVD player stopped halfway through a DVD-RW but in general DVD players are fine.

In short, you better test.

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Cool! Thanks. I'll keep that in mind and if I get one, I'll only use DVD-Rs to send to my folks, just to be safe.

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I have not had any problems with the DVD-Rs created on my Pioneer unit (in either other DVD players or in my computer). This included DVD-Rs that I made for other people. They all report being able to play them. i have never burned a DVD-RW so I can't say anything about that.

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My Sony 5-disc carousel DVD player (can't remember the model #) will not play burned discs of any kind. When I purchased it about 3 years ago I didn't think this would be a bid deal as I didn't even have a CD-R at the time. Now I am kicking myself...

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My 6 year old RCA DVD player can play DVD+R and DVD+RW just fine, however it can not play DVD-RW. I haven't tried a DVD-R, but based on the compatibility list at dvdrhelp.com it should be able to play those just fine.

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Many times the ability to handle a burned disk will vary by the manufacturer of the media. Some older drives have trouble with certain colors of media (I'm referring to the data side of the media and not the label side). I remember I had a CD player which would work with yellow/gold colored media but it couldn't handle media which had a blue/green tint.

I have an old RCA DVD player that can't handle CD-R audio disks but it works just fine with CD-R/W disks -- the same is true with early models of the XBOX which have the same mechanism.

By and large, most of the DVD-R media I've seen have a purplish tint. I don't know if there are as many differences as was seen with CD-R media.

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I have an old RCA DVD player that can't handle CD-R audio disks but it works just fine with CD-R/W disks -- the same is true with early models of the XBOX which have the same mechanism.


CD-RW disk actually have a lower reflectivity which is closer to DVDs then CDs, that's why some older DVD players can read them easier.

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By and large, most of the DVD-R media I've seen have a purplish tint. I don't know if there are as many differences as was seen with CD-R media.


The same is true of all the DVD+R media I've seen. However the RW disks have a dark silver color similar to CD-RW disks.

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I think it depends on the player you will end up playing the media on and the media itself. I burn on a Pioneer DVR106/A06 4x in -R and +R and have no issue on any machine built in the last couple of years. -R is a better bet with older machines.

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