i have a px-716a and i was tripping out when i put a began to burn a dvd+r media (verbatim wich is recommended) it would go go higher on the encoding and than 2500kb/s when my old hp dvd writer 300n did?? i went up to 4500kb/s and it was a 4x burner!! …and it also takes to burn not 5-6 min more like 8-12 please help me out please?

hp pavillion a250n
intel p.4 H.T 2.6 ghz
px-716a firmware 1.04u
512mb ram
120gb hardrive


From the FAQ:

Q: My Plextor drive is performing very slowly. When burning it’s continuously going into BURN-Proof mode.
A: The problem is that the drive is using the PIO Mode instead of UDMA mode. DMA must be enabled and working properly in order to achieve a smooth operation. Check this thread for info on how to enable DMA in Windows XP, 2000, Me and 9x.


but i only get ultra mode 2 to and i have an 80pin cable i checked all the possiblities what do i do?


UDMA 2 is plenty fast enough for 16x burning. Grios you mentioned encoding; you’re burning DVD-video?


grios, could you download and run PXInfo and post your results in this thread?


yes i am burning a dvd video i used plextool and it would go more than 2.75x burning a dvd with recommended media

here’s my results

Plextor Info Utility V1.23
Copyright © 1999-2004 Plextor SA/NV
24 February 2005

Software Information

Operating system : Windows XP V5.01.2600 Service Pack 1
Windows ASPI (wnaspi32.dll) : Adaptec ASPI for Win32 (95/NT) DLL, V4.60 (1021) (not used by PXInfo)
Roxio ASPI (cdral.dll) : n/a
Ahead ASPI (wnaspi32.dll) : Win32 Nero Aspi Library V2.0.1.59 (not used by PXInfo)

Hardware Information

IDE Interface: 0 ID: - Maximum # Targets : -
Description :
Type :

Port Driver : atapi.sys
Provider :
Description : IDE/ATAPI Port Driver (Microsoft Corporation)
Location : C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\atapi.sys
Version : 5.1.2600.1135 (xpsp2.020921-0842)
Date :

ID 0: ST312002 5A V4.06

IDE Interface: 1 ID: - Maximum # Targets : -
Description : Secondary IDE Channel
Type : IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers

Port Driver : atapi.sys
Provider :
Description : IDE/ATAPI Port Driver (Microsoft Corporation)
Location : C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\atapi.sys
Version : 5.1.2600.1135 (xpsp2.020921-0842)
Date :

ID 0 (E:) PLEXTOR DVDR PX-716A V1.04 (S/N:351219) (0.7.40A - 0.29.38B)
Read speed: 5-12X CAV
Jumper Settings: 001
Buffer Underrun Proof disabled
AutoStrategy: enabled
PoweRec: enabled
Auto Insert Notification: yes
DMA: yes
LILOSTITCH_US DVD-ROM, 7558 MB (LILOSTITCH_US),1 session(s),1 track(s),859:56.50
GigaRec Rate: Normal
SecuRec: disc is not protected


USB Device Information:

Host Controller \.\HCD0 found.

Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24D2

Host Controller \.\HCD1 found.

Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24D4

| |—> Port[1] = I/O device connected
| | DeskJet 3820
| | USB Printing Support

Host Controller \.\HCD2 found.

Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24D7

Host Controller \.\HCD3 found.

Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24DE

| |—> Port[1] = I/O device connected
| | USB Reader
| | USB Mass Storage Device

Host Controller \.\HCD4 found.

Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller

PlexTools Professional Registry Information


Key not found!

CD Info

DisplayMSF : true
DisplayISRC : false

Digital Audio Extraction

DetectPregap : false
IncludePregap : false
Use audio error detection : true
Reduce speed : true
SaveCDText : true
SaveTrackNumber : false
SaveArtist : false
mp3 encoding : Windows
Audio Format : PCM
Path : C:\Program Files\Plextor
Filename : Track%N
Minimum bitrate : 0
Constant/Average bitrate : 0
Maximum bitrate : 0
Quality : 0
L.A.M.E. encoding method : CBR

CD Copy

Allow Overburning : false
CopyOnTheFly : false
Use audio error detection : false
Reduce speed : false
Eject destination disc : true
ISRC : false
UPC : false
CD+G : false
LeaveDiscOpen : false
PlaySound : false
WriteOption : Simulate + Write
Copies : 1
Temp. path : C:\DOCUME~1\GIOVAN~1.GUE\LOCALS~1\Temp
sound path : C:\Documents and Settings\GIOVANNY.GUERRERO\My Documents\exelent.wav
source path : C:\DOCUME~1\GIOVAN~1.GUE\LOCALS~1\Temp
destination path : C:\DOCUME~1\GIOVAN~1.GUE\LOCALS~1\Temp\

AudioCD Maker

WriteOption : Simulate + Write
CDText : true
UPC : true
ISRC : true
WriteSpeed : maximum
Copies : 1

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Problem description


If you don’t mind wasting a blank disc, open Nero CD-DVD Speed and use the create data disc function (F9) and after it’s done save the transfer rate graph as a .PNG file by clicking the floppy disc icon at the top right and post the image here on the forum.


I see you have another device installed (ATAPI CD-ROM) on the same IDE channel as your Plextor. This can sometimes cause problems. Try running your Plextor as a single device as Master (of course) and see if that fixes your problem. Also check the DMA settings on your hard disk(s). Have you tried any other software for burning your DVD’s? Let us know!


DMA for hard drive, I often forget about that. That indeed can sometimes be the culprit.


so i disconnect my cd rom??


Remove it completely yes. In the manual that came with your drive you can probably find some info that states that it’s recommended to use your drive as single device on the Secondary IDE channel. Another device on the same channel can cause problems with the Plextor’s UDMA mode, especially when that other device does not support UDMA. Remember to also check the DMA properties of your hard disk(s)!


how do i check my dma settings for my hardrive?


The same way as you check them for your Plextor burner. Go to your Control Panel > System > Hardware tab > Device Manager > IDE/ATAPI Controllers > Primary IDE Channel. But sometimes, when you have installed the Intel Application Accelerator drivers the IDE properties are not available.


oh mine is ultra mode 5


this is how mi stuff looks after i disconnect cd rom now it doesnt even have ultra mode 2 do you think the prob could be because i never unistalled my hp dvd writer 300n i just removed and replaced with the plextor


Show us the Advanced Settings of your Secondary IDE Channel please since this is the channel to which your Plextor is connected to :slight_smile:


i think i dit its encoding in 15min now!!! thanx for the help you guys are awesome


Haha I Did It 15 Min Because It Was A 2 Gig Dvd But Over All It Encodes Alot Faster…but There Was One More Question Is There Anyway To Improve Like Not To Take As Long As 45min To Encode A 4.7gig Dvd


Encoding is not a function of the drive. Thats a function of your CPU type and speed mostly. Upgrade to the fastest CPU you can get - Intel P4’s are best for video encoding.


Another quick related question:

I have the 716A hooked up as “master” and a TDK VeloCD on the slave. Would removing the TDK benefit things? I like to use it for fast CD burning.

My analyzing/encoded takes an enormous amount of time as well. I’m fairly certain it’s because my processor is the bottleneck, only 900mhz Athlon. I do have gobs of RAM and XP, though.

Any other tips for speeding things up? Simple single-layer discs are a snap to duplicate quick.