Help! DRU-720A won't burn below 6x

vbimport

#1

Hi, this forum has been great.
I recently got a new DRU-720A, but the only DVD write speeds it offers me is 6x and 8x. I’ve only got 4x media and I’m trying to figure out how to change the write speed. I’ve also got a DRU-700A, and it let’s me choose 2.4x, 4x, 6x, and 8x.

My 720A has firmware version JY03. Another weird thing is when I run Nero InfoTool, the serial number for the 720A does not show up. Is that common?

Any thoughts?

Nero InfoTool 3.00

Drive Information
------------------
Drive                      : SONY     DVD RW DRU-720A 
Type                       : DVD±R/RW DL Recorder
Firmware Version           : JY03
Buffer Size                : 2 MB
Date                       : ?
Serial Number
Vendor Specific            :   Mar11 ,2005        
Drive Letter               : G:\
Location                   : 3:0
Mechanism                  : Tray
Read Speed                 : 8.0 , 6.0 , 4.0 , 2.0 , 1.0  X
Write Speed                : 8.0 , 6.0  X

Read CD Text               : Yes
Return C2 Pointers         : Yes
Read CD-R                  : Yes
Read CD-RW                 : Yes
Read DVD-ROM               : Yes
Read DVD-RAM               : No
Read DVD-R                 : Yes
Read DVD-RW                : Yes
Read DVD+R                 : Yes
Read DVD+RW                : Yes
Read DVD+R DL              : Yes
Read BD-ROM                : No
Read BD-R                  : No
Read BD-RE                 : No
Read Digital Audio         : Yes
Read CD+G                  : Yes
Read VideoCD               : Yes

Write CD-R                 : Yes
Write CD-RW                : Yes
Write DVD-R                : Yes
Write DVD-RW               : Yes
Write DVD-R DL             : No
Write DVD+R                : Yes
Write DVD+RW               : Yes
Write DVD+R DL             : Yes
Write DVD-RAM              : No
Write BD-R                 : No
Write BD-RE                : No
Buffer Underrun Protection                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                : Yes
Mount Rainier              : No
Modes                      : Packet, TAO, DAO, SAO, RAW SAO, RAW DAO, RAW SAO 16, RAW SAO 96, RAW DAO 16, RAW DAO 96

Region Protection Control  : RPC II
Region                     : 1
Changes User               : 4
Changes Vendor             : 4

Disc Information (G:\)
-------------------
Type                   : Blank DVD+R


Drive Information
------------------
Drive                      : SONY     DVD RW DRU-700A 
Type                       : DVD±R/RW DL Recorder
Firmware Version           : VY08
Buffer Size                : 2 MB
Date                       : ?
Serial Number              : 2004051200053217
Vendor Specific            :   Nov17 ,2004        
Drive Letter               : H:\
Location                   : 3:1
Mechanism                  : Tray
Read Speed                 : 8.0 , 6.0 , 4.0 , 2.0 , 1.0  X
Write Speed                : 8.0 , 6.0 , 4.0 , 2.4  X

Read CD Text               : Yes
Return C2 Pointers         : Yes
Read CD-R                  : Yes
Read CD-RW                 : Yes
Read DVD-ROM               : Yes
Read DVD-RAM               : No
Read DVD-R                 : Yes
Read DVD-RW                : Yes
Read DVD+R                 : Yes
Read DVD+RW                : Yes
Read DVD+R DL              : Yes
Read BD-ROM                : No
Read BD-R                  : No
Read BD-RE                 : No
Read Digital Audio         : Yes
Read CD+G                  : Yes
Read VideoCD               : Yes

Write CD-R                 : Yes
Write CD-RW                : Yes
Write DVD-R                : Yes
Write DVD-RW               : Yes
Write DVD-R DL             : No
Write DVD+R                : Yes
Write DVD+RW               : Yes
Write DVD+R DL             : Yes
Write DVD-RAM              : No
Write BD-R                 : No
Write BD-RE                : No
Buffer Underrun Protection                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                : Yes
Mount Rainier              : No
Modes                      : Packet, TAO, DAO, SAO, RAW SAO, RAW SAO 16, RAW SAO 96, RAW DAO 16, RAW DAO 96

Region Protection Control  : RPC II
Region                     : 1
Changes User               : 4
Changes Vendor             : 4

Disc Information (H:\)
-------------------
Type                   : Blank DVD+R


Drive Information
------------------
Drive                      : AXV      CD/DVD-ROM      
Type                       : DVD-ROM Drive
Firmware Version           : 2.2a
Buffer Size                : 512 KB
Date                       : ?
Serial Number
Vendor Specific            :  týÛ
Drive Letter               : I:\
Location                   : 5:0
Mechanism                  : Tray
Read Speed                 : 32 , 8  X
Write Speed                :  n/a

Read CD Text               : Yes
Return C2 Pointers         : Yes
Read CD-R                  : Yes
Read CD-RW                 : Yes
Read DVD-ROM               : Yes
Read DVD-RAM               : Yes
Read DVD-R                 : Yes
Read DVD-RW                : Yes
Read DVD+R                 : Yes
Read DVD+RW                : Yes
Read DVD+R DL              : No
Read BD-ROM                : No
Read BD-R                  : No
Read BD-RE                 : No
Read Digital Audio         : Yes
Read CD+G                  : Yes
Read VideoCD               : Yes

Write CD-R                 : No
Write CD-RW                : No
Write DVD-R                : No
Write DVD-RW               : No
Write DVD-R DL             : No
Write DVD+R                : No
Write DVD+RW               : No
Write DVD+R DL             : No
Write DVD-RAM              : No
Write BD-R                 : No
Write BD-RE                : No
Buffer Underrun Protection                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                : No
Mount Rainier              : No
Modes                      : n/a

Region Protection Control  : RPC II
Region                     : None
Changes User               : 5
Changes Vendor             : 4

Disc Information (I:\)
-------------------
Type                   : - no disc inserted -


Interface Information
---------------------
Adapter 1
---------
Description           : Primary IDE Channel

Driver
Description           : System32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys
Company               : Microsoft Corporation
Version               : 5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920)
Description           : IDE/ATAPI Port Driver

Attached Devices
Description           : Master: Maxtor 6Y160P0
Type                  : Disk Drive
DMA                   : On

Adapter 2
---------
Description           : Secondary IDE Channel

Driver
Description           : System32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys
Company               : Microsoft Corporation
Version               : 5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920)
Description           : IDE/ATAPI Port Driver

Attached Devices

Adapter 3
---------
Description           : Primary IDE Channel

Driver
Description           : System32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys
Company               : Microsoft Corporation
Version               : 5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920)
Description           : IDE/ATAPI Port Driver

Attached Devices
Description           : Master: Maxtor 6Y250M0
Type                  : Disk Drive
DMA                   : On

Adapter 4
---------
Description           : Secondary IDE Channel

Driver
Description           : System32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys
Company               : Microsoft Corporation
Version               : 5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920)
Description           : IDE/ATAPI Port Driver

Attached Devices
Description           : Master: SONY DVD RW DRU-720A
Type                  : CD-Rom Drive
DMA                   : On
Autorun               : On
Description           : Slave: SONY DVD RW DRU-700A
Type                  : CD-Rom Drive
DMA                   : On
Autorun               : On

Adapter 5
---------
Description           : Silicon Image SiI 3112 SATARaid Controller

Driver
Description           : System32\DRIVERS\si3112r.sys
Company               : Silicon Image, Inc
Version               : 1, 0, 0, 28
Description           : Serial ATA RAID miniport driver 

Attached Devices

Adapter 6
---------
Description           : A347SCSI SCSI Controller

Driver
Description           : System32\Drivers\a347scsi.sys
Company               :  
Version               : 3.47.0.0 built by: WinDDK
Description           : SCSI miniport

Attached Devices
Description           : ID 0 (0): AXV     CD/DVD-ROM      2.2a
Type                  : CD-Rom Drive
Autorun               : On

Adapter 7
---------
Description           : Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller

Driver
Description           : System32\DRIVERS\ohci1394.sys
Company               : Microsoft Corporation
Version               : 5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920)
Description           : 1394 OpenHCI Port Driver

Attached Devices
Description           : Maxtor 5000DV  v1.00.00 IEEE 1394 SBP2 Device
Type                  : Disk Drive



Hardware Information
--------------------
CPU                  :  Intel  Pentium  4 CPU 3200 MHz
Bus Speed            :  200 MHz
Motherboard          :  http://www.abit.com.tw/ IC7/IC7-G(Intel i875P-ICH5)
System               :     
BIOS                 :  Phoenix 6.00 PG
Memory               :  1024 MB
Sound                : Realtek AC97 Audio
Video                : NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X

#2

Welcome to cdfreaks :slight_smile:

If the drive is only offering you 6x and 8x then it will probably burn your media fine at those speeds. You should be pleased that your media can be overclocked ;). What media do you have (RITEKR03)?

The serial number issue affects more than just the Liteon/Sony drives :wink:


#3

I’m using Memorex Printable 4x DVD+R media.
I’m more concerned with Set-top DVD compatibility than fast burn speed.
My goal is to burn with both the 700A and 720A simultaneously at either 2x or 4x. I’ve tried this with the latest versions of Nero and Alcohol, and the burn slows to a crawl and takes about 2 hours, or it speeds up to 6x and then reports errors. I’ve got both drives on the same IDE cable.
Any thoughts?


#4

That’s a recipe for disaster, writing to two drives on the same IDE channel ;).

There’s no real solution to burning below the provided speeds with the 720A. You could try enabling 4x with OmniPatcher but there is no guarantee it will work…


#5

Ok, thanks.
If I get IDE-Firewire external enclosures for these drives, can I run 3 or 4 of them on the same Firewire bus?


#6

Yes, you should be able to do that. Firewire works reliably with up to 10 devices and USB2 with up to 127.