Burning advice help

ok technicaly i am not a newbie,but i have a VERY bad memory so may as well be…
i have burnt cd’s/dvd’s for years,but occasionaly my cd/dvd burner will refuse to burn at all or variations on that theme,and after a week or so of trying everything i can think of i give up and buy a new burner…which then works fine for another 3-6 months till it again refuses to burn at correct speed,if at all,(and i cant afford to do this-is breaking me-heh)

so,its that time again,and my present benq dw822a dvd+rw/r burner after a reinstall of windows 2k has decided that burning dvd’s that was previously taking an average of 13 mins on it,should take an average of “45 mins”,which is of course wtf time…i KNOW when installed it new i had the same problem within a week,and i know i found via net a solution,but damned now its happened again if i can figure out how to fix it…anyone know? (yes i ‘know’ the easy answer is "it sounds like your burner is knackered,buy a new one,) BUT i can assure you its not knackered,and its just a stupid setting/program/tweak i have forgotten to use and i cant afford a new one this close to xmas,so any tech heads out there with a memory slightly longer than my goldfish brain PLEASE give me some options i could try,and it would be MUCH appreciated :bow:


system win 2000 pro
memory around 900 mb
hd’s= 150 gig
250 gig (larger being sata)
dsl 1mb modem
radeon 8900 pro 128mb vid card
audigy 2 sound card
macafee antivirus/firewall

tried so far :
driver update via windows net update
flashed latest dw822a software from benq web site
checked region set correctly
changed from dvd+r to dvd -r and back again after had no effect
used a 3rd party program to test dvd benchmarks/performance which basicaly just told me it was slow but not why

anything in the below jog your memory ? :slight_smile:

  1. go through the 10 points listed @ http://www.mrbass.org/dvdnewbie/ [ you may not be a newbie, but the trouble is, and might be related to one or more of the listed items ]. note: very important to keep the transfer mode on IDE channels in DMA mode. check them every now and then as the transfer mode can change without you being notified. see this MS article http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/IDE-DMA.mspx

  2. a) know your drive’s capabilities. use nero info tool to discover them. also go to the drive maker’s website and find out what media types and brands, and at what speed to those media types, the drive supports. [ eg., my pioneers 107d & 108a can burn to dvd-rw @ 4x without trouble, but my optorite 401 can only burn @ 2x to dvd-rw even though Nero and other burning programs will allow the drive to burn @ 4x and will produce a “successfull” disc @ 4x…but the result is a coaster ] b) update the firmware of the drive. check for updates @ http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_all.php

  3. a) try another brand of CD/DvD disc. b) try burning at lower speed. eg., don’t burn at 24x to 16x media; burn according to MEDIA speed limits, don’t try to burn at the cd/dvd drive’s max speed until you are certain that you can do so without negative consequences.

  4. a) disable and/or uninstall any virtual drives. b) install an aspi layer. preferred is v460. get it @ http://www.snapfiles.com/get/aspilayer.html

  5. a) update the burning program you are using to the latest release. b) uninstall any recently installed software. c) do a virus scan, and a scan with spybot s & d [ get it @ http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html ]

  6. for XP or Win2K users, optimise your operating system Services for best system performance. for info go to http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm#Alerter and http://www.freeware-alternative.uni.cc/downloads/service-controller-xp/service-controller-xp.html

  7. before burning, open taskmanager and shutdown ALL unneeded processes that are running. DON’T commence a virus scan or a defrag before or during a burn - sadly, i have seen it happen !

  8. a) try another burning software and see if you get a better result. deepburner standard is free. get it @ http://www.deepburner.com/ b) for users of alcohol 120%, update to the latest drives support DLL [ look for topic “Alcohol 120% Device Support Patch Released” @ http://forum.alcohol-soft.com/index.php?showforum=10 ] c) if you have multiple burning softwares installed, uninstall them all, then install one. test it. install another if needed. test it, and so on…

  9. make sure mainboard chipset drivers are up to date. make sure all cables and jumpers connected to drives are correctly configured with regard to master/slave setup.

  10. enter your BIOS and disable anything you don’t use. set memory speeds to default. set cpu speed to default. if you overclock, DON’T [ until you are certain that overclocking is not the cause of the trouble ].

  11. if you still cannot fix the problem, try the drive or the CD/DvD disc you are having problems with in another PC that has no burning issues [ if possible ]

  12. Disable autorun…unless you really need it for some purpose. for XP users go to start/run/type REGEDIT.EXE then click OK
    press Ctrl+F, type NoDriveTypeAutoRun in the box/find next
    doubleclick the highlighted key and replace the HEX value with b5
    repeat for each NoDriveTypeAutoRun key found. reboot.

thanks,appreciated…have already burned over 50 disks at average speed of 13 mins each,and all same brand,then pfft-reinstall windows and suddenly its taking average 45 mins minimum…so isnt the disks,but am working way through other help suggestions u gave,and will let know how goes :slight_smile:

(already at a glance the 'ensure all channels set to dma not pio rings a big bell in head-so that maybe it…have to wait till buy more blanks to find out :bigsmile:

ok not 100% sure which of your tips/links helped me as after a while i tended to impliment 2-3 at a time between reboots and lost track-but one of them did fix the problem so for that much appreciated :slight_smile: :bow: