I thought that I was giving my friend a killer burner by buying him the new Lite-On 48125W, but that just isn't the case.
I have a Plextor 16X burner, and I can burn a full CD 80 min in 5 to 6 min. That happens to be the same amount of time that it takes him to burn a full CD with his brand new 48X burner! Should I have gotten the 40X burner instead? Everyone raves about it.
The media that he tried it on did not say up to what speed it supported (it didn't say anything at all, actually). However, he even tried burning the CD-R that came with it that said that it was of "Professional Speed", but did not give a speed. I assume that it would burn at 48X, or close to it, seeing that it came with the drive.
In any case, we tried buring 3 different CD's (2 data CD's consisting of only MP3's, and one with software programs on it). All three took 6 min 25 sec including the lead in and lead out! Not kool!
We used the Nero version that came with the drive (5.5.8).
Originally, it had the VS02 firmware, but after we got those slow speeds, I figured that upgrading to the latest version, VS06 would help. Well, not only did it NOT help, but it actually created errors (the other disks burned with VS02 burned error free)! At around 20%, it said "could not perform end track".
I have read some posts, and since I have had no problems with my Plextor (it was pretty much plug and play), I am not familiar with some of the settings that are mentioned (DOA, TOA, etc.). What are they? Are they relevant when using Nero? DMA mode? Will that make a difference?
Also, with respect to SmartBurn. I looked for it in Nero, and could not find it. How do I disable it?
And one more thing...how is it that people are able to see the speed of the burner as it is burning? What program is that? Can it be used with Nero? I just found out about Nero CD Speed. I need to have my friend do the test with it. Can one have that open will burning a CD as well? Is that how they view the speed?
Sorry about all of the questions, but I am a newbie, and I need to get up to speed. I tried to read as many posts about my problem before I posted, but I did not find too many.
In any case, I would just like to know how to get my friend's new 48X burner up to the killer speeds that everyone is raving about.
Just so you know, here are the specs of his computer, in case that makes a difference:
Intel Celeron 566 MHz Processor with 66MHz system bus
30 GIG HD 5400 RPM