After hours of frustration to write to 16x dvd media, I am shouting for help.
I have the following setup:
Intel P4 3 GHz
ASUS P5AD2 Premium
512X2 Kingston 1 GB Dual Channel
160 GB SATA
NVIDIA 6600GT 128 MB
Creative Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro
SONY DRU 820A IDE
Nero Burning Rom 6.
My probelms are:
The drive creates a lot of noise. I think the noise comes down after spin down period but it again keeps increasing and decreasing.
I can not record at 16x. I tried moserbaer and sony media but the same problem continues. I can burn at 4x and below which takes a lot of time to burn. I can not burn successfully all the time at 8x or above.
I have tried opening the drive completely and cleaning the lens etc (as its not in warranty anymore). The drive did have some dust, but the lens was clean.
I did update the firmware to latest 1.0C but the result is the same.
By now I have wasted too many hours of efforts and a lot of media. Sometime with success and most of the time with failed media and $s.
My questions are:
What is the solution to above?
Is it that my disk IO is slow? how do i know whether my HDD/Optical are fast enough or not? I wonder if the IO of P5AD2 premium would be ‘less’?
Why does the “used read buffer” buffer of my system fluctuate? It does reach even to 0 many times during the burn (however, remember my drives are properly in DMA and not in PIO). Than why does this occur?
After wasting efforts and $s on moserbaer, I tried Sony 16x media. Its interesting to note that initially, a few disk got created beautifully without any large noise or anything at 16x perfectly. After a few days, its not working at optimal. Does this media get ‘old and not usable’ with time?
Is my drive aging? In that case, do these drives have a running life of around 1 or 2 yrs? Earlier with Samsung drive also I faced the same trpe of issues.
Which DVD burner do you recommend? I heard a lot about LiteOn.