I dont think thats true; like CD-Rs, most consumer CD players (even my crappy one from the early 80s) will play burned audio CD-Rs.
Likewise; Apple states that better than 99% of all consumer DVD players will handle DVDs burned on their 'superdrive' (pioneer a03) using iDVD. I'll bet Compaq has similar information on their 'superdrive' PCs but I haven't looked.
I had my brother burn me a "test" DVD-R using Apple's Power Mac G4 with the Superdrive. I plan to purchase a new home theater and wanted a way to try before I buy. I plan on buying that computer to do my own home movies. When I finally get my new Ody, I'll try out the test disk and let everyone know if it works. The Honda Owner's Manual didn't say that they wouldn't work.
I have no problems with viewing CD-Rs that I create on my PC using Imation CD-RWs and Nero. (I learned which brand to use by performing a search of this forum)
I have tried several (at least 6) brands of DVD+R using Nero with no success. Since the stock unit is a Panasonic, I doubt any DVD+R will work - but if anyone figures out a magical combination - please let me know.
**my bad, I meant Panasonic - Thanks for the correction !
I tried about a dozen different brands of dvd-r's last summer when I get my 2002. I had one or two brands the ody would recognize after I burned the dvd but after about one month the dvd would have a lot of less than 1 second dropouts. I cleaned the dvd but the were still there. They would all read fine every time in the pc though. I read the droupout ones in on my pc and burned them again using Imation dvd-r's. I have since converted my sons vhs collection over to about 90 dvds. They all play now no problems in the van.
Disk media and players are sure funny like that. I have an old-school top-of-the-line Sony Mobile ES CD player in the Ody and it doesn't do CD-Rs too well. This is back from a time when Sony was really pushing MiniDisk. The funny part is that most non-Sony brands of CD-Rs will play, but none of the Sony's will.
Enter 2003, burnable DVDs, different brands, different standards "- and +" and different players--hello chaos. I guess the thing to do is try everything, and report back on what works. In other words, thanks for the testing folks!
Yep, I use DVD-r's in our Ody, the -r's work great in every DVD player we have. DVD+r's only worked in one machine. I use Ritek G04 media, because they burn in 15 minutes (4X) with my burner.
DVD Burner tips:
I learned that DVD burners are not the same as CD burners, (simply throw any media in, and it'll work as advertised). The blank media has a code embedded in it, and the firmware of the burner must recognize it, if you want to be able to burn it at the maximum speed. So, I updated my burner firmware, and use the media that's recommended at the bottom link.
I haven't performed any firmware updates - it's an OEM drive I got from newegg.com, so it's a little more work to find support for it. I don't like to update drivers unless I have an issue, and it's been working fine thusfar. The Sony burners were the first to do all formats so a firmware shouldn't be necessary. The -rs have worked fine in other players.
XCopy questions (I'm a noob):
Are you using the default burn engine or the Nero one?
When you use express do you have full disc selected or no? My copies have been with default engine, full disc unselected, widescreen. When I put the dvd in my home player it auto-plays - starting with the dvd copy warning screen then goes straight to movie. In the Ody it hangs at the dvd copy screen.
I'm out of blanks at the moment - waiting for my order from Amazon - Memorex 4x dvd-r, $29 for a 25 pack - free shipping.
Thanks for the help - a major part of having this burner is to play them in the Ody.