First of all, allow me to express my delight at finding this informative a forum. Never seen anything quite like it on the subject. I also have to apologize for what may likely turn out to be a newbie problem.
A few days ago I bought a brand new Lite-On LH-18A1P drive, burnt a few DVDs and noticed a fairly unpleasant pattern of behaviour. At various points during the burning process the software buffer would begin to drop steadily until it became completely empty, at which point the process would be stalled until the hard drive caught up. This significantly prolongs the burning process and has actually caused it to fail on two occasions. Also, the supposed 16x speed doesn’t exactly match the actual maximum speed of approximately 10x, which I suspect is somewhat less than normal.
The firmware used is GL0C in place of the GL03 the drive came with, however the problem was also present before I updated it and I’ve discerned no actual difference after the change.
Is this an actual problem, or am I just being picky here? Can anything be done?
I’ve taken the liberty of attaching a few ImgBurn pics to illustrate the issue.