I just installed this drive. I’m using the latest firmware from Asus, firmware 1.37. The drive is set as primary slave. To my surprise this drive is suppose to write DVD+/-R DL up to 8X. I’m using Verbatim DVD+R DL with AZO. This media rates for up to 10X write speed. Using Nero and Prassi as burning softwares. Both report write speed at only 2.4X. I’ve tried Taiyo Yuden media as well. It also reports only around 2.4X to 4X write speed. These are high quality media. What gives? Is it the drive’s firmware that needs to be unlocked? If so, where can I get another firmware? I thought this drive was based on the A10XL by pioneer. It has 5X Dvd-ram write speed.
My Nec 3500AG running on an external usb case works better. Most reliable drive thus far. At least it writes DVD+R DL at it’s rated speed of 4X on any media that I throw at it.
I’m running Windows XP Pro Sp2.
I don’t think that it’s a cable or ide problem since I had an Iomega dvd-rw drive on the same primary slave ide before it was replaced by the Asus drive. The Iomega worked fine with every media format and brand that I used.
Searching the forums didn’t yield much help thus far for this particular Asus drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.