I've been reading all the posts on this forum in an attempt to fix the problem I'm facing, but to no avail. I'm hoping one of you englightened souls may be able to help me out.
Dell Inspiron 5100
P-4 2.4 Ghz
512 MB RAM
CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo (Variable)
Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
Plumax PM-525U2-PCS (Cypress chipset) housing a Nec 3500 drive which I got last week. The NEC is currently configured as a Master. I have DMA enabled on my primary IDE channel (DVD-ROM) and secondary IDE (HDD).
I've flashed in all the different recommended firmwares (TDB, Liggy, etc.) but its not making any diff. I really don't know anything about DVD burning but after following the posts out here, I started using Nero CD-DVD Speed, Info Tool to see what's going on.
On a DL movie, it starts at 2.5X and levels off at 5.8X or dips back to 3.5-4x
On a movie disk that I burnt, it starts at 5.5x and stays in that region.
Its never gone over 6X on any kind of media. I'm using Ritek 8x (G05).
When I power up the enclosure, XP recognizes it as a USB Mass Storage Device. I get a msg saying "Found CD-ROM drive" and then NEC DVDRW ND-3500AG USB Device. I don't know if this is what should happen. (Should the enclosure show up as something else?) I read somewhere that XP Service Pack 1 didnt have good drivers for it so I even moved to Service Pack 2 last nite but it didnt help.
The instruction manual on the enclosure says that drivers aren't needed for XP. Even so, I forced it to install the drivers that came with it. Then it recognizes the enclosure as USB Storage Adapter AT2 (TPP) and the drive is recognized as "_NEC CdRom device" (v/s USB device). Don't know if this should matter. Under Drive Speed, when I do a burst rate test, I never ever get more than 1 MB/s. Only once while tinkering with the enclosure drivers, did I get a burst of 7 MB/s. Couldn't reproduce it thereafter.
Now when I'm ripping a movie (DL disc), it takes 35-55 minutes to rip it. It starts at 2.5x, moves up to 5x and then starts dipping all the way back to 3x. Thereafter, I select max burn speed (8x) and although Nero says its burning at 8x, it takes 22 minutes to burn the disc, roughly translating into 2.5x speed. I even tried a pure data disc with 2.5 GB of data. It should've taken 5 min but it took me 12 minutes. I should point out the the movies I've burnt work absolutely fine on my dvd player.
I thought maybe the enclosure is the problem. Except there are no other drivers to be had. I know my burst rate is unnaturally low. Burn speed is ridiculous and Nero's buffers swing like crazy from 6% to 100% and back.
Or that my HDD is the bottleneck. I don't know its RPM and I only have 5 GB free on it. I'm trying to defrag it right now. Will that help?
I've been trying to get this to work the for the last 4 nights and I've finally given up. I'm at my wits end. Just so frustrated. I read through the posts, tried everything that was suggested and nothing has worked. I'm so upset that I bought a 16x burner and its performance is so horrible.
If you guys know anything that might help, I'd really appreciate your inputs. Currently I have TDB firmware flashed in (with RPC1 and Riplock). RPC1 is working abs. fine but riplock aint.
I've included pics of my setup as it shows under Info Tools.