Can the controller card have an effect on the burn speed? He is my problem, when I burn at 16x, the burn gets up to 13x and drops off to about 6x for the rest of the burn. I have tryed all kinds of 16x media, same result. However when I burn at 12x I get a nice even burn burn avg about 9.5x. I think it has something to do with the buffer but I am not sure. I currently have an Intel controller card but I am wondering if a Silicon based 680 chipset would make a difference. I think I read somewhere that the controller card has an influence on the tranfer rate but does that mean burn speed?
I really would appreciate some feedback on this because I do not want to change out the controller card if its not necessary.
Post a datadisc test from CDSpeed at 16x burn speed. Also, in Nero, watch the buffers during a 16x burn. If the read buffer remains full, but the drive buffer bottoms out repeatedly, then it’s an IDE problem, probably the controller.
My ide cable connects directly to the motherboard, I am not sure if I can utilize a standalone controller card. I will look again to make sure. The Silicon 680 based controller card they have in my local computer store cost 49.99 but it has room for 4 devices. After looking at the buffer in Nero I think this is my problem, I hope I can install one of these other cards on my machine.
Try the burner on somebody else’s PC.
You could also try flashing its firmware, though I’m not sure it’ll help.