Got it last night. Crossflash and updated fw went great (using TDB 8.26 with MCSE)
Ran some before and after tests. Got noob questions.
Had a BenQ dw1620 in there before. (Not mine to keep) It ripped a backup of my retail DVD-ROM movie in 10 minutes 9 seconds. Put in the Pioneer DVR-111D. It ripped the same movie (to the same drive) in 15 minutes 30 seconds. Flashed to DVR-111L 8.26 using MCSE with speed box checked. It ripped it in 15 minutes.
EDIT:Forgot to add. BenQ was at UDMA2 Master and Pioneer was at UDMA4 Master.
So what’s up? Is that time correct for a Pioneer (for both riplocked and unriplocked) or do I need to reflash 8.26 with MCSE again?
The other issue is media burn speed. My older (now defective) BenQ dw1650 was in my case before I stole my wife’s dw1620 for a bit. With the 1650 I used QSuite 2.0. On the 2.4x DL Verbatim media it would fail the quality tests about 50% of the time when I tested it at 4x… so I pretty much burned at 2.4.
But the Verbatim box would say ‘up to 8x’ and I couldn’t understand how it wouldn’t pass QSuite 2.0 at 4x.
I tested the Pioneer last night and with this same DL media it offered to burn it at 8x… and here I was thinking wow what a big time saver that would be, but… burn quality is way more important to me - so I settled for 4x.
I am concerned about the Pioneer offering me speed choices that are not really good for the media to burn at. Is this a realistic concern or is QSuite 2.0 only comparing the media to BenQ? I tried to pull the DVd into Nero to check the burn quality but Nero would not read it and it was too late to start and figure out why. (I use imgburn to write)
The one thing I like is the buffer was solid… only ranging from 88% to 100% during the whole burn … something that %$&** Benq dw1650 would not do. :a