Ok, heres my current situation, id like some feedback from people who obviously know much more about this than I do. I just recently purchased the NEC 3520A (black tray) and installed it into my computer. My basic computer setup is..
Dell Dimension 8100
Pentium 4 processor
256 megs of RAM
Windows ME (blech, i know it sucks)
I am using Nero OEM, which I believe is version 6.1 or something like that. I have burned nearly an entire spindle of Fuji R+ 8x (YUDEN000T02) and havent coastered any. I burned a few without my DMA enabled, and it took nearly 40 minutes. I then remembered to turn the DMA on, and it cut the burning time for a full 4.38 gig disc down to 22 minutes or so. I have not installed any firmware yet, and that is the reason I am asking this. Im at 22 minutes right now, just selecting the "max" burning speed and letting it burn. Am I doing something wrong, or is something not set properly that is causing it to burn in 22 minutes? Ive seen people on another forum comment that with the same discs and burner, they are burning a full disc in about 10 minutes. Is there anything else I can change on my system to increase speeds?
Also, if I flash my drive with the firmware (LD3520_1U6) I downloaded, will that greatly increase my burning speeds. I am using these discs right now primarily to back up my live music collection, which currently encompasses thousands of discs. This info is important, but if I can burn quicker without losing quality, id definately want to do that. I did the Nero CD-DVD Speed test, and this is what I got.
Type = CAV
Elapsed Time: 6:01
But for some reason, when I burn with Nero, its taking me 20+ minutes. So, help me out if you can, and many thanks ahead of time.