Setting booktype with Imgburn
If you are unsure what Bitsetting/Booktyping is read below...
Use the bitsetting (Set Booktype) feature in your bitsetting software to set your DVD+R/DVD+RW/DVD+R DL Media (Only DVD+R/+RW Media) backup to DVD-ROM for much higher compatibility with older DVD players and Game Consoles such as XBOX and PS2. Bitsetting is done during the burning process when bitsetting DVD+R Media. DVD-R Media Bitsetting, Booktyping is at the moment debatable [DVD-R Bitsetting Thread].
When the booktype field (bitsetting) is changed to DVD-ROM then DVD players are fooled and will think the user has put in a DVD-ROM disc instead of a DVD+R disc and will read it accordingly. This results in an increased chance that the player is able to read the disc and that’s why the ability to change the booktype field (bitsetting) is essential to a lot of users. Certainly owners of a DVD player that requires this field to be set to DVD-ROM, in order to work properly, will prefer a DVD recorder that supports setting the booktype field. - Quote from CDFreaks.com
You can also set/change your DVD+RW Media's bitsetting/booktype, but the difference is that you can bitset DVD+RW Media even AFTER you have burned it.
Here are directions on how to Bitset or Change the BookType with DVD Decrypter on Plextor, NEC, BenQ, LG, LITE-ON, Nu Tech/QSI and Ricoh Burners. There is no one best bitsetting utility out there, if it works for your burner it works. You can also use Nero to Change the BookType or BitSet, check out our NERO Booktype Tutorial for directions how. Note: Only Nero SmartStart/Express version 18.104.22.168 or above support BitSet or Changing the BookType. If Nero and DVD Decrypter does not Change the BookType or BitSet your DVD+R to DVD-ROM please refer to other Bitsetting Programs
How to tell if the disc you burned is already booktyped to DVD-ROM? - Read the disc using programs such as DVDInfoPro, Nero CD-DVD Speed, DVD Identifier, or Imgburn to read your (already) burned DVD Media.
Courtesy of http://www.booktypefaq.com/
A long story short, booktyping is a way of writing your media that tricks your standalone player into thinking it is reading a commercially pressed DVD to widen the compatability of recorded media among standalone players. This is an especially good idea to do when using DVD+R DL media as some players have a hard time recognizing burnt dual layer discs.
Now lets get started
Open Imgburn and go to Mode -> Write
. Click on the icon in the lower right hand side that looks like an open book.
This will open your booktype selection screen...choose your drive manufacturer from listings in the tabs along the top.
In the top drop down menu choose the media you are using for your backup...typically this will be DVD+R or DVD+RW
In the bottom drop down menu choose the booktype you wish to record your media to....typically you will want to use DVD-ROM
. A new window will pop up and tell you whether or not you succesfully changed the booktype of your drive.
: For most drives, once you have successfully changed the booktype of your drive this becomes the default setting and will record all media to DVD-ROM in the future until you change the setting back to the physical characteristics of the disc being used (see post by blutach below).
If you are unsure what drive you are using the model number and manufactuer can be found in the information window in the upper right hand side of Imgburn's main window in write mode.
BENQ DVD LS DW1655 BCGB (ATA)
<- This is my drive...listed from left to right is the Manufacturer (BenQ), then the model number (DW1655) and finally the firmware version (BCGB) being used.
If you are still unsure what drive you are using you can plug the information that Imgburn gives you into this site
and determine the manufacturer from there. Note: Not all drives are capable of performing this function.