NEC 3520A & Memorex 8x DVD-R

I just purchased a NEC 3520A burner and some memorex 8x dvd-r media. As soon as I got it installed I put it to the test and burned an item. To my disliking i only saw the speed reach 6.2x. I used dvd-decrypter to burn the .iso file. I had the rate set at 8x. I then ran nero cd-dvd speed on it and my results are below. Ive also included the readings from dvdinfopro. Now im hopeing its media or maybe a setting that needs to be switched somewhere. Or im just an idiot and its running fine. But ive already went ahead and ordered verbatim 8x dvd-r datalife plus. Any insight is helpful. TIA.

Nero CD-DVD Speed

Nero Test

                        Media Information                            

Region information N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID FUJIFILM03
Format Capacity Blank Disc
Free Blocks 412352512
Free Capacity 4.38GB(4.71GB)
Book Type DVD-R
Media Type DVD-R
Manufacturer Rated Speed 8.0x 11080KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 8.0x 11080KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 6.0x 8310KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 4.0x 5540KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 2.0x 2770KBps
Write Strategy Speed 4.0x 5540KBps
2x Speed OPC beta 09
2x Speed OPC power 0F
2x Write Strategy field 1 10 88 78 90
2x Write Strategy field 2 29 82 10 21 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta 05
4x Speed OPC power 17
4x Write Strategy field 1 0D 0F 07 07
4x Write Strategy field 2 96 06 0D 0B
4x Write Strategy field 3 80 00 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta multi-pulse 05
4x Speed OPC power multi-pulse 1A
4x Write Strategy field 4 17 96 77 75
4x Write Strategy field 5 7C DF B9 93 11 11
4x Write Strategy field 6 1A AA D0 00 00
Data area starting sector 30000h
Linear Density 0.267um/bit
Track Density 0.74um/track
Number of Layers 1

                       Complete Media Code                           

00000000 00 AA 00 00 01 40 C1 FD 9E D8 52 00 02 88 0D 0C …@…R…
00000010 88 88 90 00 03 46 55 4A 49 46 49 00 04 4C 4D 30 …FUJIFI…LM0
00000020 33 00 00 00 05 B8 83 00 30 00 01 00 06 09 0F 10 3…0…

How large was the .ISO file? From the graph it looks like it was only about 1/2 of a full DVD 2GB or so. You need a full 4GB+ to reach the 8x speed. It starts at 4x for the inner area of the disc, then ramps up to about 6x for the middle and only gets to 8x for the outer area of the disc. For short burns like 1/2 of a full DVD indeed you should only get up to a little over 6x max - thats normal. Save and post the DVD-Decrypter log file that should show the range.

alright , you are correct sir. so it taking a while to get up to 8x is normal. I Just burned a full 4gb it disk at it did hit 8.3x or so… Im happy now :slight_smile: I was worrying over nothing. I should still use verbatim datlife plus instead of memorex though right?

I have a pioneer a106 that ive been using princo 4x on, havnt had any problems for the longest time. Just trying to find one brand like i did on that one and stick with it.

Verbatim is good, also FujiFilm if it says “Made in Japan” - Best Buy has Fuji 8x DVD+R and -R on sale a lot for a 50pack spindle for $20. I’m getting fantastic quality with Fuji 8x, I can burn it at 12x and still get good quality.

I just bought the Fuji 8x DVD-R from Bestbuy. I can not get it to burn any faster than 8x. I just bought the NEC 3520 and this is the first media I tried in it. I must say, i’m not so impressed. I’m using the 1.u8 fw from liggy & dee. HOw did you get it to run 12x?

Haven’t tried the -R, but the +R and 1.U8 firmware allows 16x with the 3520a and Nero. By the way, ya gotta check for FUJI MIJ at BestBuy. There was a big mix of MIT and MIJ. You select the speed in the Nero dropdown menu.

FUJI -R are usually FUJIFILM03 and wont burn above 8X
FUJI +R are usually Taiyo Yuden YUDEN000T02 and will burn at 16X

In DVD Identifier, it says its a ProDiscF01.

Looking at the txt file that comes with the 1.U8 FW, I see the media codes for the faster DVD-Rs…HOwever I dont know what they are ? Is there a list that shows what companys make what media code?

Yeah I got FujiFilm 8x DVD+R and checked to make sure it says “Made in Japan” on the discs at Best Buy and it is TY and burns up to 16x, but I use 8x for highest burn quality. I avoid -Rs.