DVR-218L slow speeds; unresponsive

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#1

I have 2 Pioneer DVR-218Ls in a Primera BravoPro Xi2. I’m using 16x Verbatim and Taiyo Yuden DVD-Rs. It’s taking 15-30 minutes to burn 4GB. It seems to start off going around 10x until about 1GB in, then it slows to 4-6x, maybe slower.

When it does this, the drive gets very loud (from the moment the burn starts, not after 1GB). If I attempt to abort, it seems unresponsive. The light is on, the drive is making noise. After awhile, it responds. But if I abort the job at say 10%, when it finally responds and I get the disc out… it seems to be completely burned.

I have gotten it to work OK a few times. When it works, the drive is nearly silent. I can abort it and it will almost immediately stop.

What is causing the drives to do this? Any ideas?


#2

Probably its just the firmware on the drives in combination with the write strategies used.