Wow, thanks for the help there pinto2 - more or less matches a local retailer here (I checked today). That MB is really cheap, but the local guy got other bits cheaper - so I may mix & match if that MB suits me (have to check for future overclocking potential).
You must have had something configured wrong to be stuck at 1x, this old dog of mine is running good burns (checked as >Q94 with Nero CD Speed in win98) at x4.
Actually socket7 is an almost identical size/shape to socketA.
To those that find my current system shocking I would urge them to actually try using a machine of this spec before simply judging by the age (1998) or CPU PerformanceRating. My other system in FL is 950MHz on an ASUS A7V133, the end user experience isn't much different. You want to hear about bad user experience - I was recently using 5Mb/s cable modem in FL only to come back to dial-up in Scotland....
As I prefer to use RW, 4x may just work ok for me for now. I am eager to try my 8x -R TY02 at 16x though.
Anyone actually burned at 16x with the 1640 yet, what spec system is needed to do so?
FYI - my case is big enough by a long way (and plate is removeable) and my board is ATX. I already upgraded my PSU to acceptable spec after graphics card power consumption issues. I also bought 80 conductor cables last week to try and improve my current systems performance. Obviously my optical drives are modern spec, my 120GB HDD isn't SATA but it is ATA133.
I still have the option of overclocking my VA503+, I think getting one of the mobile K6III cpus off eBay would be best for this though (doubt my K6-2 can be pushed far). Max performance should yield 124MHz FSB (fine for my PC133 CL2 SDRAM) with the CPU pushed to 744MHz (although this would push my PCI to 41Mhz and likely cause probs). Others have quoted the K6III+ 450 being fine at 600MHz 100MHzFSB.
Can anyone explain clearly and specifically what part of my system causes DVD burning to not reach 7000KB/s whilst my IDE transfer rates are ~18MB/s?
Is this a Bus Master driver issue, FSB speed or just CPU?
I tried different versions of the VIA 4in1 drivers and also removing them (didn't yet try simply turning off UDMA), made no difference (although HDTach graph got more spikey).
My FSB seems stuck at 66MHz, setting at 100MHz appears to require the CPU to also have a clock speed of 100MHz (but FIC say SDRAM and CPU can have different Bus speed?) which results in an unstable system. My SDRAM is 256MB PC133U CL2 and 64MB PC100 CL3.
Could we now focus on the problem of Nero CD DVD Speed 3.75 Disc Quality test working in win98 but not in win2K?
I tested my hardware with HDTach and siSoft Sandra in both win98 and win2K with little difference in results.
The Nero APSI layer isn't installed in my win98 partition (win98 already had an ASPI layer installed?) and the win2K partition has the Nero APSI installed and Adaptec ASPI 4.71 - could the Nero ASPI be to blame?
DVDInfoPro crashes in the same way when I try to run a PIE/PIF test too.