Let me preface this post w/ an apology if I'm asking the most asenine of ?'s or if it is so obsolete that it has already been answered by Ben Franklin, but I've been struggling for 2 days now w/ this issue and despite my user name think I should've been able 2 figure out the problem by now. I have an Inspiron 1150 that I recently purchased from Dell. It came w/ a sony dvr 56 something which was actually a liteon, but that's a whole other nightmare.
Anyway, they sent me this ND-6500a as a replacement. Although Nero states it's burning at 8x, a 14-20 min burn is barely 4x, so I googled my problem and find myself here. No lie, I've flashed this drive a minimum of 7 times (all successful!) using different bin's like 223-14.10.04.bin, 240_20.08.04.bin, 223fast.bin, 257_27.10.2004, I could go on, but I'd guess you get the picture. NONE of these firmwares seem to solve my problem. I can only still achieve a 14 min burn at best using my current media, (ProdiscF01, confirmed by Nero, DVD Identifier), although when I examine the write strategies of these different bins (nec dump) they all show that they should support 8x burning on my media. Now I suppose I can buy the idea that the same media, same software (nero 6.6.whateva) can have different results in different burners (my desktop-AMD which is currently trying not 2 overheat using a DVR-109 easilly burns 8.5-10 mins at 8x), but there has to be a better method than trial and error for me to achieve what I'm looking for.
Am I asking too much for my 8x burner to burn at 8x?! Btw, some of the bin's boasted rip-lock or something, yet decrypter showed they ripped no faster than the original firmware (202c) that came installed. I went to sleep at 8am this morn. looking for a resolution and I'll be burning the midnight oil again unless someone shows me some mercy. Please help!