I have just purchased on of the “limited edition” DVR-109s (actually marked DVR-109XLA1). My friend got one at the same time, and his works perfectly. However, mine does not!
My problem is that in Nero, I cannot burn at anywhere near maximum speed! It tells me (both with a disc and if I just run Nero with an empty tray) that my maximum DVD writing speed is 2.4x, and CD speed 40X.
My computer is a Shuttle SS51G, the original verson. Yeah, that is a SiS chipset! The board is an FS51, with a 651 Northbridge and 962L Southbridge. Oh, and the writer is on the Secondary Master on its own, with an 80 pin cable. It shows up as UDMA mode 4. I am running Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 - the machine was only just installed.
Here are some steps I have taken:
[li]Updated Nero to the latest (126.96.36.199)
[/li][li]Flashed the firmware of the writer (with the XLA1 firmware)
[/li][li]Removed all IDE drivers, rebooted
[/li][li]Checked for drivers from Shuttle - none exist (default windows drivers)
[/li][li]Downloaded SiS IDE driver, installed that
Nothing has worked! I have also tried it in my Firewire enclosure, with the same results.
Incidentally, before this I had a 104. Nero froze at 10% writing (the light went off on the writer, Nero was none the wiser so just sat there) on DVDs, and at around 65% on CDs. It had been fine with my 48X CD-RW drive. I resolved this by putting it in the Firewire caddy. Indeed, the same problem appears to exist with my 109, too. Yes, this particular SiS chipset SUCKS!!!
I have tried writing to Pioneer who haven’t replied, so I would appreciate any assistance anyone could give me!