Burning a DVD is unbelievably slow

vbimport

#1

Tried looking through a number of forums for help on this but not really able to find much. Yesterday after using Daemon Tools Lite I tried burning a DVD using CloneCD but the burn speeds seemed to stay below 100kb/s I let it run for a good 2 hours and it never made it more than 25% through the process so I canceled the burning. Tried burning different files, different discs, uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers, no progress. Ran a virus scan with AVG, came back with nothing. After this I completely reformatted the computer hoping that it would make a difference, still nothing. I even went out and bought a brand new LG DVD±RW DL drive and it’s having the same problem too!
I’m at a loss here, any help would be appreciated.


#2

Is your new drive an IDE interface drive or SATA?

If it is an IDE/PATA interface, look in my signature for Womble’s guide for checking DMA status of the drive. The most important thing to look for is Current Transfer status.

If it is SATA, do you have the latest drivers for your motherboard chipset installed? Have you tried different SATA ports on the motherboard?


#3

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2553791]Is your new drive an IDE interface drive or SATA?

If it is an IDE/PATA interface, look in my signature for Womble’s guide for checking DMA status of the drive. The most important thing to look for is Current Transfer status.

If it is SATA, do you have the latest drivers for your motherboard chipset installed? Have you tried different SATA ports on the motherboard?[/QUOTE]

Hey thanks for the quick response. The original drive is an IDE drive and the new one is an SATA. Both are connected to my computer currently, and both are running slow. I’m heading out for the night but I will try installing the latest drivers for my mobo along with following through the guide in your sig tomorrow. I have tried switching SATA ports without any luck.


#4

Ok, so I checked out the guide in your sig and confirmed checked the current mode of my IDE drive and it’s in “Ultra DMA Mode 2”. Then I went and downloaded the latest drivers for my motherboard XFX 780i. When I did this it added 3 “NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller” items into device manager after looking at those I noticed that it set it up to where the bios determines the transfer setting and it is set to DMA. It It seemed like it did something, when burning there were a few points where it would get up to about 8000kb/s, but now it’s staying at a mere 6kb/s and only 2% done with the process after 19 minutes.
I’m using brand new Verbatim discs and have probably turned a good 15 of them into nothing more than drink coasters from all of this. Any thoughts?

Also, here’s some of my specs if it helps at all
Windows 7 (64-bit)
XFX 780i Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.67GHz
4GB of Ram
Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS
Optical Drive LG Super Multi DVD Rewriter 24x


#5

Try a test burn with ImgBurn. Just a simple data burn. Set the burning speed to 8x. ImgBurn is a free program found here: www.imgburn.com

If the burn fails, copy and paste the log file here in your thread. You can find it by clicking on Help within ImgBurn, then ImgBurn Logs.


#6

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2553867]Try a test burn with ImgBurn. Just a simple data burn. Set the burning speed to 8x. ImgBurn is a free program found here: www.imgburn.com

If the burn fails, copy and paste the log file here in your thread. You can find it by clicking on Help within ImgBurn, then ImgBurn Logs.[/QUOTE]

Ok, I’ve downloaded and started the process, tried using just a few albums that are saved to my computer. It’s been burning for about 30 minutes so far, still having the issue. Here’s the log up to this point:
I 11:04:36 Checking Directory Depth…
I 11:04:36 Calculating Totals…
I 11:04:36 Preparing Image…
I 11:04:37 Checking Path Length…
I 11:04:37 Contents: 215 Files, 22 Folders
I 11:04:37 Content Type: Data
I 11:04:37 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 11:04:37 File System(s): ISO9660, UDF (1.02)
I 11:04:37 Volume Label: Music
I 11:04:37 Size: 1,363,132,935 bytes
I 11:04:37 Sectors: 665,683
I 11:04:37 Image Size: 1,364,459,520 bytes
I 11:04:37 Image Sectors: 666,240
I 11:04:40 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:10
I 11:04:40 Operation Started!
I 11:04:40 Source File: -==//[BUILD IMAGE]/==-
I 11:04:40 Source File Sectors: 666,240 (MODE1/2048)
I 11:04:40 Source File Size: 1,364,459,520 bytes
I 11:04:40 Source File Volume Identifier: Music
I 11:04:40 Source File Application Identifier: IMGBURN V2.5.2.0 - THE ULTIMATE IMAGE BURNER!
I 11:04:40 Source File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn
I 11:04:40 Source File File System(s): ISO9660, UDF (1.02)
I 11:04:40 Destination Device: [3:1:0] HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24LS50 YP02 (E:) (ATA)
I 11:04:40 Destination Media Type: DVD-R (Disc ID: RITEKF1) (Speeds: 4x, 8x, 16x)
I 11:04:40 Destination Media Sectors: 2,298,496
I 11:04:40 Write Mode: DVD
I 11:04:40 Write Type: DAO
I 11:04:40 Write Speed: 8x
I 11:04:40 Link Size: Auto
I 11:04:40 Lock Volume: Yes
I 11:04:40 Test Mode: Yes
I 11:04:40 OPC: No
I 11:04:40 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 11:04:40 Write Speed Successfully Set! - Effective: 11,080 KB/s (8x)
I 11:04:40 Filling Buffer… (40 MB)
I 11:04:41 Writing LeadIn…
I 11:05:00 Writing Session 1 of 1… (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 666239)
I 11:05:00 Writing Track 1 of 1… (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 666239)
W 11:05:22 Waiting for buffers to recover… (LBA: 73824)
W 11:06:07 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 11:06:18 Writing Sectors…
W 11:06:33 Waiting for buffers to recover… (LBA: 104352)
W 11:06:53 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 11:06:54 Writing Sectors…
W 11:07:44 Waiting for buffers to recover… (LBA: 265504)
W 11:09:07 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 11:09:22 Writing Sectors…
W 11:09:56 Waiting for buffers to recover… (LBA: 349344)
W 11:11:13 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 11:11:18 Writing Sectors…
W 11:11:36 Waiting for buffers to recover… (LBA: 381216)
W 11:11:59 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 11:12:00 Writing Sectors…
W 11:12:19 Waiting for buffers to recover… (LBA: 427712)
W 11:20:48 Waiting for hard disk activity to reach threshold level…
I 11:21:37 Writing Sectors…
W 11:21:55 Waiting for buffers to recover… (LBA: 462848)


#7

Hi,

these buffer issues are most likely due to the Nvidia storage controller. Could you have an eye on CPU load during the burn process?

A few things to try:

  • get the latest drivers for your chipset from www.nvidia.com
  • set your power plan to “max performance” in power management
  • check your RAM and HDD. Memtest86 and the diagnostic tool from the HDD manufacturer are your friends.
  • also check if there is a Bios update for your motherboard.

Michael


#8

Waiting for buffers to recover

I would say that your hard drive is not supplying your burner the info fast enough, still think it’s a DMA issue.

:cool::cool:


#9

nVidia ide/sata drivers are cheating on you…

First defrag all partitions/hdd, then try again in TEST MODE and post the log here.


#10

Thanks for all of your input, I think you all may be onto something by saying it’s a hard drive issue. Transfering data from 1 hard drive to the next is having issues as well. Unfortunately I won’t really be able to work on it until the weekend. But I appreciate all of your input and I’ll post my findings when I get the chance.


#11

Here’s a bit of advice I stole from Arachne concerning Daemon Tools. (you mentioned using it in the first post).

[I]If you have Daemon Tools installed:

Go to the program’s Settings/Options, and look for an option named “Hide CD-R media” (or “Hide ATIP” or similar) <-- make sure this is not checked.[/I]

Daemon tools has been known to interfere with the operation of optical drives from time to time. Of course, this is assuming you reinstalled it after the reformat.


#12

Ok, so it definitely seems like my 2nd hard drive is failing. I’ve been using 2 hard drives, 1 for my OS and the other for all of my videos, music, pictures, etc. The files that I’ve been trying to put on a disc were on my secondary hard drive, I tried burning other files from both the primary hard drive and an external hard drive and was able to burn without a problem. Also, I’m unable to move any large files from the secondary hard drive to any other drive or device.
I’ll consider this problem solved, I was due for an upgrade anyways. Thanks for your help.