I've had my drive for about a week now and I've been enjoying it a lot.
Unfortunately I was short on both discs and time so tonight is the first time I've really gotten some quality burning time and I've ran into a problem . . .
I can burn at 8x and slower and the burning times seem on target - I just burnt a full disc at 8x and it took 9 min and 40 seconds. However if I try to burn at "max" or choose 16 or 12 it actually slows the burn down! I just tried to burn a TYG02 -R at 12x and it took a tad over 16 minutes!
*) The Media is TY -R and +R. Scans are looking very good.
*) The burning software has been Nero 184.108.40.206 and CloneDVD2 V220.127.116.11.
*) The computer is dated - its an Emachines 667ix thats had the memory upgraded to 256, the processor upgraded to 1.1Ghz, and the hard drive upgraded to a Western Digital 40gb with 8mb buffer.
*) The Operating system is Windows 98 Second Edition that's current on all updates.
*) The hard drive is the master and only drive on the primary ide controller.
*) The BenQ is the master and only drive on the secondary ide controller.
*) The hard drive is using the stock 40 conductor flat ide cable, the BenQ is using a round 80 conductor ide cable (I know, it's not optimal and I have another one on order).
*) The DMA is turned on for both the hard drive and the BenQ.
*) The BenQ was a NU drive from New Egg and was upgraded to B7T9 firmware.
Any ideas why it wont break the 8x barrier?