Thanks for your response. I followed your suggestions of the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs, i.e. disc image/copy image and writing at 4x instead of "Best"
It is perfect when viewed in DVD Player. When I take it to my JVC in the home entertainment setup it is extremely slow in getting started and once started it "stutters" - both video and audio. The jerkiness of the two seems to be in sync.
Also, is replacing the drive a difficult deal? I know how to get the box open ( after !!@#@#@#!)! I had my memory upgraded on a Friday afternoon at a store in Santa Clara, CA. The mechanic forgot to re-connect the the fan sensor up front. The noise was intolerable and I wasn't going to drive back to Santa Clara from Garden Grove. So I learned how to open the box from an on-line video. That said, is the remainder of the replacement process a chore for a former PC tower re-builder?
Regardless of self-do or have-done, what would you recommend as a replacement, in a moderate price range?