I just got my SOHW-832S delivered and I installed it first as a slave drive to my HD. I began a burn of 4 gigs of data onto a 4.7 DVD+R disk and after about 30 minutes of it burning at less than 1x, I killed the burn. It had only gotten 5% done. Nero said that it was burning at 2.4x but I doubt that.
I then read the install directions (wow, what a concept!) and re-installed the drive as recommended - as a master drive on the secondary IDE. I then uninstalled Nero and reinstalled it just to be sure that wouldn’t be and issue. I also checked the Windows DMA settings and everything appeared to be “DMA if applicable”.
I began to burn the same project again and before long I got the same result. Nero reports that the burn began at 2.4x but after 11 hours, I doubt it’s anywhere near that. One thing I have noticed is that while Nero’s read buffer is full (100%) the write buffer never moves from 20% and the little red LED on the front of the drive blinks on a couple of times a second, but does not stay on as I read in other forums that it should.
Can anyone make any suggestions? Could I have gotten a bad drive or is this as simple as getting a better IDE cable? Why would I get only 20% in the write buffer?
Here’s my system set up:
1400 Mhz AMD Athlon,
256 Megs of Ram,
GeForce 3 video card
using the bundled version of Nero (which apepars to be the latest version too)