Pbds Dvd+-rw Ds-8w1p

Anyone have this drive? It came with my Dell laptop. I can only seem to burn very slow with it, like 1x speeds and takes an hour to an hour and a half to burn something. I first tried 16x dvd-r, and figured that was the reason it was so slow, since it can only support up to 8x, but I tried 8x and the same thing, if not slower. Those were only dvd-r though, haven’t tried +r, but I figured it would be the same. Anyone get any faster results or someone suggested to get an external drive?

don’t know if this will help or not

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/storage/P137851/en/spec.htm

the link will take you to dell’s documentation for the drive, specifically the specs of it (including what type of disk it supports and speed specs…)

[QUOTE=MasterRoshi;1978657]Anyone have this drive? It came with my Dell laptop. I can only seem to burn very slow with it, like 1x speeds and takes an hour to an hour and a half to burn something. I first tried 16x dvd-r, and figured that was the reason it was so slow, since it can only support up to 8x, but I tried 8x and the same thing, if not slower. Those were only dvd-r though, haven’t tried +r, but I figured it would be the same. Anyone get any faster results or someone suggested to get an external drive?[/QUOTE]

DS-8W1P is essentially a LiteON drive.

  1. What firmware have you got on it at the moment? Run DiscInfo and post its output here please.
  2. What media have you tried to burn with your drive (Brand & MediaID please)?
  3. Use C0deKing’s Flash Utility to back up your firmware and the EEPROM Utility to create a back up copy of your EEPROM. Keep those backups safe.
  4. If your firmware is older than BD1C then you should update it to BD1C (but make sure you create the firmware and the EEPROM backups first!).

You can find firmware BD1C (dated 25.06.2008) here:

http://support.us.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&releaseid=R190635&formatcnt=1&libid=0&fileid=261689