First of all, I think Maxell media is cheap...not 100% sure on that, but I generally try to stick with Verbatim or Taiyo Yuden. Also, I'm not familiar with Starburn...I use DVD Decrypter and it works great. It shouldn't be a problem with the size of the media, as DVD Shrink is made to compress DVD-9's to DVD-5's. Sometimes if you try to compress too much though, it'll make the resulting image file just a smidge too large for a DVD-5. When you run DVD Shrink, it makes an image file in whatever directory you choose, you can try burning that with different software, to see if that works.