Long time lurker, first time poster.
I recently purchased a DVR-K05 slot loader to put in my Dell Inspiron 4150 laptop (P4 1.7, 1GB PC2100 CAS2, 40GB 5400 rpm drive, etc). I'm using DVD+R 8x media - I use Sony 8x Accucore media presently. Haven't tried any dual layer stuff yet; the media is just too damned expensive for me. Also using Nero 22.214.171.124A for the burning software - and DVDDecrypter whenever I come across an .mds file along with the files. I've also used DVDShrink to back up 2 of my own DVDs I purchased just to get familiar with the software.
The problem I'm about to describe happens with all the software I've tried so far.
The issue I'm having is that when burning DVD material (vobs, etc) or even just burning data to a DVD+R or DVD+RW in general for backups, at around the 6-7% point in the process the drive will "choke" (I can't think of a better description, sorry). It just stops, the RAM buffer drops to 10% and sits there, the drive makes some noises indicating activity, and then it will spin down totally for a few seconds, then some more noise and it starts spinning back up and the buffer pops back to 98-99% full and things continue.
This sometimes happens several times during a burn, but in the end the burns all come out ok - I verify every single disc I burn. Even DVD+R or DVD+RW media isn't as cheap as CDRs so I'm still leery of just burning and not verifying. I'm not in that much of a hurry anyway.
Has anyone else seen this type of behavior before in a DVD burner they own? The drive choking at various points then restarting and the burns turn out ok anyway? If it's the brand/type of media I'm using, I hope someone will say so and then I'll find something else. For years I've used strictly TDK CDRs and nothing else, never had any issues. I was considering using TDK DVD media this time out but the Sony stuff seems ok unless someone can point me to a definitive source that flat out says "Sony DVD media sucks and here's why..."
Also, when burning CDRs (TDK) this choking behavior never happens; it's only when burning DVD media. It happens on DVD+R or +RW and I have some Memorex DVD+RW discs as well as Sony DVD+RW's. Same behavior at almost the same percentage points in the burn.
The firmware on this drive is 1.03 and that's the latest available from Pioneer. I keep seeing mentions of DVRFlash but I'm not about to toy with that sort of software just yet; besides, I don't think much can be done with this drive anyway. But who knows...
Hope someone can assist, and thanks for the help.
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