Ok. Got my DVR-108 a few weeks ago, installed without a problem (Sony Vaio box, XP Home OS) and was happily on my way to faster burning. Got myself a bunch of Ritek G05 DVD-R 8X Silver Shiny blanks, and I was marveling at the 7+ minute burns of full movies. Nero was telling me I was writing @ 12x. The only compatibility issues with playback was with the OEM player in my Honda Odessey where a movie would play perfectly till the last 2-3 chapters and begin to freeze/hang. All other players I possess ran the DVR-108 movie copies fine.
My DVR-108 came with firmware v1.06. Soon after I found it, I downloaded and installed v1.10 (from the pioneer website) with no perceptable change in writing speed (still 12x) and no improvement in compatibility with the DVD player the Honda.
Last week I downloaded and installed firmware v1.14 (from the pioneer website) and all of a sudden my movie burns go from 7-8 minutes to 35-40 minutes. Nero was showing 12x writing speed, but the burn was taking 35-40+ minutes. I then upgraded Nero to it latest version, thinking that might help. NOT! The only change was that now Nero tells me its writing my Ritek G05 DVD-R 8X Silver Shiny discs @ 4x, but still taking the 35-40+ minutes to burn, and data discs showing 12x, but taking the same amount of time. The only upside to the v1.14 firmware is discs burned with the upgrade are now completely compatible with the player in my Honda.
I purchased the DVR-108 for its writing speed, I use it for burning movies, data and home video. As it is now, it is slower than my old Sony unit. Anyone have any ideas? I’m not a complete novice, but not a “freak” either, so please be gentle.