I recently bought an SH-S182, internal. I'm using the newest version of Nero. I've made sure my drives are in DMA. Virus/Adware scanned. Performed a disk clean up and full defrag. I have the latest firmware for the drive (SB03). The drive is set to Master on the Secondary.
Anyway, I only import .VOB files into Nero so I don't have to wait forever for it to encode everything. SmartEncode is enabled too. When I set the drive to burn DVD's at 16x, it's taking between 12 and 16 minutes. Nero says it's Transcoding and Writing, which I assume is normal and no extra encoding is being done. In the upper right corner of Nero, the display shows the movie while it's burning. I notice that every 5-10, sometimes 20 seconds, it pauses for a second or two, then keeps going. Before it pauses it's going pretty fast, but after it pauses, the speed goes back down and it does it all over again. It's like it can never burn at the speed it's supposed to in order for it to take about 6 minutes total. (I've burned test dvd's that take only 6 minutes, so at least I know the drive works.) I'm using Sony dvd-r 16x media, which I know aren't the best, but I've burned dvd's previously that took under 7 mins. Also, SB03 supports these discs at their rated speed.
Dunno what the problem is but any help is appreciated. Thanks.
Windows XP home
Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz
2.0 GB ram
160 GB HD (only using ~ 60 gigs)
Radeon 9800 pro