I own a Dell dimension XPS-T700r. It’s a Pentium 3 machine from Dec 1999. I originally owned a Sony DRU510 Aand I never had problems with it. It burned DVDs at 4x speed no sweat.
My Plextor 708A also has no problems burning Verbatim media at 4x either but for the life of me I can’t get it to burn at 8x. I used the Roxio Software that came with the drive to do this. I used the Classic Ceator module and the special Verbatim disks that are supposedly rated for 8x burns. The 8x option comes up and you think that everything is fine once you select it. The recorder progress window clearly shows that the drive is recording at 8x initially and then all of a sudden the speed starts dropping first to 7 speed then to 6 and then to 5 and then 4 and then 3 and 2. It bottoms out at 2 speed and it’s all downhill from there. Eventually it finishes but that does me no good as I wanted the extra speed. At 4 speed there are no issues. Is it possible that the media I purchased is just plain faulty?
Has anyone else seen this issue? Could it be the Roxio Software. I plan on trying Nero a little later. Maybe I’ll get lucky but I have a feeling that I’m going to end up going through all the 8x media that I bought with no success.
Also one more thing the plextor drive came with the Ultra DMA mode jumper settings activated. However, I got worried when the manual said that some older hardware may not understand this mode and put in a jumper to activate Multiword DMA mode. Should I be putting the drive back in Ultra-DMA mode?
I guess this is what happens when we jump on the cutting edge bandwagon. I had heard such good things about the Plextor 708A though.