My DVR-A12XLA reads only at 8x

I have this new drive with the latest firmware 1.21 but it reads all dvds at 8x instead of 12x.
DMA is enabled and I’ve tried in WinXP and Vista but with the same result.
The drive is slave on the secondary IDE (master is a Plextor PX-755A) with a good (I think) 80 pin cable.
The TRT of a MCC004 (+R to DVDROM) is here.
It’s my first Pioneer and I don’t know much of its features.
Suggestions? :confused: :slight_smile:

“dvd” is not DVD.

It always depends on the mediatype, content, used burnspeed, burner, firmware, size of the content and sometimes other 3rd party softwares influence all results too.

Ok, but I’ve tried with so many types of media (MCC004, TYG03, YUDEN000T03, MCC03RG20) but the reading speed is always 8x. No problems with burning speed. It’s very strange. :confused:
Do you think it’s a better choice to set the drive as master? :slight_smile:


Good To See That Your PIONEER DVR-A12XLA 1.21 Has Finally Arrived.

Just Did A Quick Test On My PIONEER DVR-A12XLB@DVR-112L 8.21

No Worries Here At 12x (With DVD+R’s & DVD-R’s)
My DVD+R’s Are Usaually Set To DVD-ROM.
What Is You Burst Rate?

Here’s A Burn From:
DW2000 6B33 FastBurn
RiTEK DVD-R RITEKG05, 8x Branded, Burnt At 18x OS=On (5:29)

TRT With My PIONEER DVR-A12XLB 1.21 & Other Drives.

Hi Pulsee, yes it’s finally arrived! :stuck_out_tongue:
I’ve just tried to set it as master in the primary and secondary channel but it reads always at 8x. I’ve changed the cable with another one (new) but nothing. The burst rate is good, 44 Mb/s (see the link in my first post).
The drive comes with the firmware 1.09 but I don’t know if with that version there was the same problem because I’ve upgraded it immediately.
I haven’t any experience with Pioneer because this is my first drive. Can I try to flash it another time with the same firmware?
Thanks! :flower:

Sorry I Don’t Know Why Your Drive Won’t Go Higher Than 8x At TRT.

The PIONEER DVR-A12XLB’s Are Very Easy To Crossflash:

It Could Be A Bad Flash (Try And Flash Again But This Time In Safe Mode)

Sorry Didn’t Spot At First Your Burst Rate In You First Post.

Any Chance You Could Try Your PIONEER DVR-A12XLA In Another PC?

Thanks for the link, I need to do a lot of experience with this drive. :o
Another strange thing, I’ve tried with a CD-R and the reading speed is only 32x instead of 40x. :doh:
Yes, next step I’ll try the drive in another pc. :slight_smile:
Hi! :flower:

@ [B]Pulsee[/B]

I’ve re-flashed the drive with MCSE but nothing is changed. :frowning:
Can I crossflash DVR-A12XLA@DVR-112L 8.21 with the same procedure?

@ mognegna,

As Forum Member chef points out in posting #2 performance limiting factors are numerous.

Have you ensured that you don’t have Multi Tasking operations running in the background that could interfere with DVR-A12XLA performance?

To ensure that background Multi Tasking operations are in fact curtailed check that unnecessary programs are not automatically loaded during Window Startup. To check this suggest viewing the below Web Link that details how to use MSCONFIG to configure Windows Startup to load only absolute necessary items. You will be surprised at all the unnecessary Memory and Resource wasting items that are automatically loaded during Windows Startup. Quite possibly one of these items could be causing your problem. Suggest when visiting the below referenced Web Link to also check out Paul “PacMan” Collins’ huge “Startup Applications” list (


That are brands of media, not different mediatypes.

Different mediatypes are burned DVD5, burned DVD9, pressed SL, pressed DL, and so on.

Thanks for the information but I haven’t multi tasking operations in the background. In fact I have the same problem in Windows Vista where I have few programs installed. :slight_smile:

Ok, I have misunderstood.
With burned DVD5, DVD9 and pressed DL is about 8x (little more for pressed DL, little less for burned DVD9), CD-R 32x.

This is the maximum reading speed checked by Nero InfoTool in Windows Vista.

That info is useless, really.

Infotool is not a reliable source for such info.

My Old Version Of Nero InfoTool Shows The Same Regarding 8x.

But We Know My Reads DVD±R/RW Media At 12x/8x.

I have crossflashed the drive to 112L (Pioneer A12J) and through the Quiet Drive Utility I’ve seen that was checked by default the “Quiet Mode” (that’s right) and especially the “Limit read speed” (8x max for DVD and 24x max for CD).
Now I have unchecked it and all is ok. :slight_smile:
Thanks to everybody. :flower:

Yipeeeeeeeeeeeee :clap: :clap: :clap: