I am new to burning and am currently encountering some troubles with my DVR 109. G)-(osters provided me with some tips I thought I would clarify a few of my problems and my computer specs, and take the opportunity to pick the rest of your brains.
I bought a DVR 109 and hooked it up to my computer using a Creative I/O 5.25 Enclosure with USB 2.0 hookup. The computer recognizes the burner as the F drive. My other two drives are a 16X DVD-ROM drive and 48X CD-RW which came on-board.
I downloaded DVD Shrink 3.2 and I don't have any problems re-authoring or getting to the encoding stage. This usually takes me about 15 minutes. I read the DVD I am backing up from my DVD-ROM drive, not the burner.
I installed Nero OEM Suite to backup my DVDs at the encoding stage. I selected the "Burn with Nero" option. When the program opens the "Burning" window, the file caching starts and finishes and the burn process starts at 8X. The bottom of the menu writes the "Lead-In" and "Tracks." Everything seems swell at this point.
THEN THE PROBLEMS START. My burner gets to 1% burnt and doesn't go any further. I have sat for 20 minutes waiting before I decide to abort. The disk is a coaster because it's given the name I have assigned it, but practically nothing has been burnt to it.
I uninstalled Nero and tried using DVD Decrypter (most recent version) with DVD Shrink. I was also able to encode and burning would start. However, the burn log on Decrypter would alternate between "unknown burn time" and 8+ hours while burning at a tiny rate. I also give up on this after 20 minutes.
I haven't installed any firmware since I have it in an enclosure. I was told I could start burning once I had set-up the enclosure and attached it to a USB 2.0. I haven't altered the DMA settings or touched my Chip Drivers.
I have been using Smartbuy DVD-R 8X media. Thinking it might be the DVD media, I tried using the DVR 109 to burn a CD instead. Normally to burn a CD, I use Memorex 52X CD-R with my on-board burning software (Sonic Recordnow 7.3 - it burns in 3 minutes.) The burner was recognized by my computer, but when I tried to burn using it instead of my on-board CD-RW, the burn time was estimated at 76 minutes.
There's something I am missing and I can't figure out what it is. Is it the enclosure? Have I not enabled something? Should I be using firmware or is my burner screwed?
Thanks so much!
Dell Dimension 3000
40GB Ultra ATA/100
512 MB Ram
Windows XP SP2