Can't burn DVDs faster than 2X

[qanda]This thread is about the Memorex 18x MRX-525G v1 Internal. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]I am using Nero 6, the full suite, fully updated.
I did get Nero 7 with my Memorex 525G v1, but I didn’t install it because it isn’t
the full suite.

As it is, using Sony disks, Nero says it will burn at 4X at the lowest speed,
and that is the lowest speed burning strategy on the disk. However, it really burns
at only 2X. It does a fine job.

With the stuff I have in my computer, is that the limit it can do, or is there a
way that I can burn DVDs faster?

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
Motherboard
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4A, 2666 MHz (5 x 533)
Motherboard Name ASRock P4S61 (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 AMR, 3 DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN)
Motherboard Chipset SiS 661FX
System Memory 512 MB (DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (02/03/04)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Disk Drive Seagate ST380020A (80 GB, 5400 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
running Ultra DMA 5.
Optical Drive Memorex DVD±RAM 525G v1

Partitions
C: (NTFS) 76316 MB
(2 sticks)256 MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM

Hi and Welcome!

make sure, the drive is running in UDMA mode (should be either UDMA2 or even UDMA4).
http://club.cdfreaks.com/f61/troubleshooting-enabling-checking-dma-windows-vista-xp-2000-me-9x-101616/

Michael

[QUOTE=mciahel;2127741]Hi and Welcome!

make sure, the drive is running in UDMA mode (should be either UDMA2 or even UDMA4).
http://club.cdfreaks.com/f61/troubleshooting-enabling-checking-dma-windows-vista-xp-2000-me-9x-101616/

Michael[/QUOTE]

Thank you, Mciahel.

As I posted in the list of information I included in my ‘help me, please’ post, my hard drive is running in UDMA 5 mode. I made sure to check that before begging for help.

But if what you mean is that it must be running either UDMA2 or UDMA4, I don’t know how to change to either one of those. I don’t see any choice given to me.

I have it in ‘run dma if possible’ and it shows that it is running in UDMA 5.

You don’t mean the DVD drive, when you say “the drive” should run in UDMA 2 or 4 do you?

What’s my next step? (If you have the time)

Thanks again!!!

[QUOTE=Jim Knoppow;2128218]Thank you, Mciahel.

As I posted in the list of information I included in my ‘help me, please’ post, my hard drive is running in UDMA 5 mode. I made sure to check that before begging for help.

But if what you mean is that it must be running either UDMA2 or UDMA4, I don’t know how to change to either one of those. I don’t see any choice given to me.

I have it in ‘run dma if possible’ and it shows that it is running in UDMA 5.

You don’t mean the DVD drive, when you say “the drive” should run in UDMA 2 or 4 do you?

What’s my next step? (If you have the time)

Thanks again!!![/QUOTE]

Yes, he means the DVD drive should be either UDMA 2 or 4. And you should be using an 80 wire IDE cable.

well if the hard drive AND dvd burner are running in UMDA mode, then off the top of my head i dont know what else to tell you.

maybe try different burning software (i.e. ImgBurn) and see if that works.

good luck :wink:

Jim,

Are you burning to Rewritable discs ?

When I was using Nero it would almost always drop to
2.5x when I attempted to burn to a DVD-RW, regardless of the 4x rating on the disc.
I have no idea why… just a Nero/drive burn issue I guess.

Regular +R and -R discs would burn at the rated speeds.

Try Imgburn as your Burning Software as suggested by NBR,
it does a real nice burn and it is free.

Hi,[quote=Jim Knoppow;2128218]Thank you, Mciahel.[/quote]You’re Welcome:)

As I posted in the list of information I included in my ‘help me, please’ post, my hard drive is running in UDMA 5 mode. I made sure to check that before begging for help.

But if what you mean is that it must be running either UDMA2 or UDMA4,
(…)
You don’t mean the DVD drive, when you say “the drive” should run in UDMA 2 or 4 do you?
:iagree: Indeed, I was referring to your DVD burner.

Michael

[QUOTE=mciahel;2127741]Hi and Welcome!

make sure, the drive is running in UDMA mode (should be either UDMA2 or even UDMA4).
http://club.cdfreaks.com/f61/troubleshooting-enabling-checking-dma-windows-vista-xp-2000-me-9x-101616/

Michael[/QUOTE]

THANK YOU ALL!!!

I did have an 80 wire cable.
The story is this: It wasn’t the hard drive which was
maxed at UDMA 5, and that works just fine, as it
turns out. It does not have to be at UDMA 2 or 4.

But upon investigation, I found that the Memorex
DVD drive was on PIO.

When I bought it, the store offered to install it for free.
I took them up on it.

What I didn’t realize is that they put it in as a SLAVE
drive to my master CD drive, although I had written down
for them to switch the drives.

When I checked out the DVD drive I saw that the position of
the bridge was slave. So I moved it to master, and changed the
CD drive bridge.

Now I have some Sony and some Memorex disks which are
rated at 16x, and because of YOUR help, I am today able to
burn both at around 16X. Of course it has to build up speed,
but the fact is that where I was having to burn a full single
layer DVD for about half an hour, I am now able to do it in
a little under five minutes.

You guys really deliver, and I can’t thank you enough.

[QUOTE=pfloyd1;2128219]Yes, he means the DVD drive should be either UDMA 2 or 4. And you should be using an 80 wire IDE cable.[/QUOTE]

THANK YOU ALL!!!

I did have an 80 wire cable.
The story is this: It wasn’t the hard drive which was
maxed at UDMA 5, and that works just fine, as it
turns out. It does not have to be at UDMA 2 or 4.

But upon investigation, I found that the Memorex
DVD drive was on PIO.

When I bought it, the store offered to install it for free.
I took them up on it.

What I didn’t realize is that they put it in as a SLAVE
drive to my master CD drive, although I had written down
for them to switch the drives.

When I checked out the DVD drive I saw that the position of
the bridge was slave. So I moved it to master, and changed the
CD drive bridge.

Now I have some Sony and some Memorex disks which are
rated at 16x, and because of YOUR help, I am today able to
burn both at around 16X. Of course it has to build up speed,
but the fact is that where I was having to burn a full single
layer DVD for about half an hour, I am now able to do it in
a little under five minutes.

You guys really deliver, and I can’t thank you enough.

[QUOTE=NBR;2128220]well if the hard drive AND dvd burner are running in UMDA mode, then off the top of my head i dont know what else to tell you.

maybe try different burning software (i.e. ImgBurn) and see if that works.

good luck ;)[/QUOTE]

THANK YOU ALL!!!

I did have an 80 wire cable.
The story is this: It wasn’t the hard drive which was
maxed at UDMA 5, and that works just fine, as it
turns out. It does not have to be at UDMA 2 or 4.

But upon investigation, I found that the Memorex
DVD drive was on PIO.

When I bought it, the store offered to install it for free.
I took them up on it.

What I didn’t realize is that they put it in as a SLAVE
drive to my master CD drive, although I had written down
for them to switch the drives.

When I checked out the DVD drive I saw that the position of
the bridge was slave. So I moved it to master, and changed the
CD drive bridge.

Now I have some Sony and some Memorex disks which are
rated at 16x, and because of YOUR help, I am today able to
burn both at around 16X. Of course it has to build up speed,
but the fact is that where I was having to burn a full single
layer DVD for about half an hour, I am now able to do it in
a little under five minutes.

You guys really deliver, and I can’t thank you enough.

[QUOTE=Psycho6;2129079]Jim,

Are you burning to Rewritable discs ?

When I was using Nero it would almost always drop to
2.5x when I attempted to burn to a DVD-RW, regardless of the 4x rating on the disc.
I have no idea why… just a Nero/drive burn issue I guess.

Regular +R and -R discs would burn at the rated speeds.

Try Imgburn as your Burning Software as suggested by NBR,
it does a real nice burn and it is free.[/QUOTE]

THANK YOU ALL!!!

I did have an 80 wire cable.
The story is this: It wasn’t the hard drive which was
maxed at UDMA 5, and that works just fine, as it
turns out. It does not have to be at UDMA 2 or 4.

But upon investigation, I found that the Memorex
DVD drive was on PIO.

When I bought it, the store offered to install it for free.
I took them up on it.

What I didn’t realize is that they put it in as a SLAVE
drive to my master CD drive, although I had written down
for them to switch the drives.

When I checked out the DVD drive I saw that the position of
the bridge was slave. So I moved it to master, and changed the
CD drive bridge.

Now I have some Sony and some Memorex disks which are
rated at 16x, and because of YOUR help, I am today able to
burn both at around 16X. Of course it has to build up speed,
but the fact is that where I was having to burn a full single
layer DVD for about half an hour, I am now able to do it in
a little under five minutes.

You guys really deliver, and I can’t thank you enough.