Here's my old problem posted in another forum:
Last night I replaced my old LG burner with a new NEC 3520A from Newegg. I connected it up as secondary master in the exact config as my old LG (secondary slave is my Maxtor 200GB). First boot Windows took about three minutes to boot (normally about a minute), and the drive wasn't even recognized. I rebooted, this time viewing the post screen, and the bios detected the drive. Then once in Windows it found the new drive, and it worked fine to burn my first DVD. Then this evening I started my machine again, and same problem; long boot time and no burner. Every time I reboot now I get a long boot time, and sometimes Windows detects the drive, sometimes not. It is detected by the bios for every boot however. Any help on how to fix the boot & detection problem would be greatly appreciated.
Now on to my new problem:
Alright, I have solved my problem by switching the way my new burner was connected. I switched it with my LG combo drive so my new NEC was set to primary master with no slave attached. As stated this fixed the slow boot times, and Windows will recognize the drive every time, however I now have another problem.
When I burn a DVD the DVD's buffer "jumps" all over the place. It jumps from 100% down to 9%, back to 90%, down to 20% during the entire burn. Also the burn speed says it will burn 8x but it takes about 30 for a full burn. That ends up calculating to about 2x. Once again any help is appreciated.
Operating System: XP Pro SP2
CPU Speed: AMD 64 3700
Harddrive space: WD 74GB Raptor, Seagate 200GB
RAM Memory: 2048mb
Video Card: RADEON X800 XT Platinum
Motherboard: DFI Lanparty NF3 250gb
CD Writer: LG 4480 48x24x48 DVD Combo firm 1.00
DVD Writer: NEC ND-3520A firm 1.04