I am new to this forum, so this post may need to be moved to the newbies forum. However, I felt it might be better to post it here since this is where all the BenQ users are. I installed a brand new BenQ DW1620 today on my machine. It's the OEM/bulk version. I ordered it from www.3btech.net.
Once I got it installed, I immediately tried to burn approximately 4.7 GB worth of data (movie and music files) to a Memorex 16x DVD-R using Nero at 16x. The first attempt resulted in Nero stalling at 3% and my first DVD-R coaster.
I then upgraded my firmware to the latest version (G7V9 -- G for the bulk version of the drive) and also updated Nero to the latest version (188.8.131.52). I then re-tried the same burn on the same type of media, but this time, I reduced the speed to 12x. The burn completed in approximately 1 hour 33 minutes -- entirely too long!
I then tried burning another DVD-R, filled to the max with 4.7 GB worth of data, but this time at the maximum speed of 16x. This next DVD-R completed in half the time, clocking in at about 45 minutes. This still seems too long to me.
Here are the relevant specs of my dated PC:
Dell Dimension 4100 (purchased August 2000)
Windows 98 Second Edition
933 MHz Pentium III
256 MB 133 MHz SDRAM
45 GB 7200 RPM HDD (I'm guessing 2 MB buffer/cache)
I think any number of things could be causing my slow burns. Could it be my operating system? Could it be my RAM or hard drive? When I watch Nero burn the DVD-R's, I notice that the "Used Read Buffer" starts at 100% and then works its way down to 0%, then it immediately hops back up to 100% and starts the same process over and over until the DVD has completed burning. Is this type of fluctuation normal? Is this a sign my computer hardware is not fast enough to support higher DVD burning speeds or could it just be some software settings?
I have read that I may need to enable DMA on the burner. I have tried to access this feature, but the option does not exist for any of my CD/DVD-ROM drives under Device Manager in Windows 98. My hard drive has DMA enabled though, so Windows 98 SE does support it. I just found it odd that there was no checkbox to enable/disable DMA for my DVD-ROM drive and DVD burner.
One other issue I am having deals with the regional coding on the drive. None of my Region 1 DVDs work with the drive. They are all genuine DVDs. When I insert a DVD, WinDVD will load, but will not play the DVD. When I try playing the DVD with InterActual Player, the player told me that the drive is not the same region as the DVD. Does this mean I purchased a BenQ DW1620 that is NOT Region 1? I purchased it from a reputable U.S. retailer, so I figured it would be Region 1. In fact, my DVD-ROM drive is also BenQ and I purchased it from the same retailer (www.3btech.net) and it has worked great so far. Perhaps I have a faulty drive or is there some setting I need to change? I don't want to go so far as to update the drive with unofficial firmware as I may still try to return/exchange the drive.
ANY tips, advice, or recommendations to help me speed up my DVD burning and/or help me play DVD movies on my DW1620 would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you!