The quality of media varries quite a bit from manufacturer to manufacturer. Your friend who told you that DVD-R doesn't work is dead wrong. A quality DVD-R disc is the most universally compatible option. If he used a crappy disc (and don't be fooled by the name brand media in stores) then that is why it didn't work. As mentioned above, Ritek DVD-R is probably the most compatible media for the money. Checkout http://www.newegg.com
for good deals on them. Meritline, Supermediastore, ect. have all been having customer service issues as of late (ie Selling bogus discs) so I don't recommend them at all. If you want nothing but the best, then go for Taiyo Yuden DVD-R. Taiyo Yuden applies very rigid standards to their quality and all error-rates scans on their media have proven to consistantly be the lowest (for error rates). You can get great deals from them at the rima link listed above. 50 packs of the 8x DVD-R discs are now $35+shipping. Not bad for the best quality discs on the market.
As for the booktype/bitsetting options, it depends on two things: 1. Which DVD Drive you have in your XBOX? (Only the Samsung drive has an issue). 2. Which burner you have (not all burners support the booktype/bitsetting option). If you just stick with DVD-R you won't have to worry about making this adjustment or whether or not your drive supports it. This is only an issue with +R discs and the Samsung drive.
Edited by jesterrace777, 25 September 2004 - 06:58 PM.