My old burner was an Iomega all-in-one drive, one of the first to really be affordable (couple of years old, now), and it was limited to 2x. I bought 500 cheap blanks to use with it right before I bought the NEC, and I still have about 350 of them left.
After speedhacking the NEC, it was able to burn to them at 8x, which is fine by me until I use them all up. After they are all gone I will buy more expensive media. Seems like a fair solution.
This morning, after installing the 188.8.131.52a update (as per your suggestion), I ran a speed test again. Although my hard drives were now down to 25x instead of the 50x that they exhibited last night, I can live with that. Now Nero is allowing me to choose up to 6x with this media instead of the 2x that had me so worried yesterday. I would like to see the 8x again, of course, but 6x is workable.
Perhaps when my new cables come it will help even more.
If I could ask you a favor, Big Mike, what does your Device Manager list as the DMA mode your drives are running at? I read a blurb on the web which stated that certain drives are self-limited to UDMA 2 if they detect a 40-wire cable instead of the 80-wire which I just ordered.
Thanks again for everything,
PS. I still need to try removing the AOpen and see if that affects the speed, plus switching them around and making the NEC the master and the AOpen the slave. So much to try.