New cdrw only at 1/2 speed

:confused: Hey all - this is my fist time here, so I apollogise if this is a dumb question… I just installed a DS 48X16X48 drive and both Nero and CD creator show the top speed available for the drive is 24X. Is there something I did not do during installation that I should, or a software upgrade that I might need? I’m running a P3 at 500 and Win 98se.
Thanks for any help!

You forgot to buy some 48x media.