Slow DVD reading & Burning NEC 2510A

I have just installed my NEC 2510A DVD writer and was making a backup copy of Terminator 2 movie using CloneDVD & AnyDVD.

The film is about 2h35m. Using Datesafe 8x DVD-R disc copying took approx 40mins to read and 50mins to write.

This seems very slow. I did have my DVD writer as the secondary slave at the time. I will change to secondary master to see if that makes a difference but I understand that it shouldn’t.

The firmware on dirve is version 2.15.

Any suggestions?

  1. go through the 10 points listed @ [though YOU may be no newbie, the trouble IS, and may be related to any one ,or all, of the listed items]

  2. update the firmware of the drive. check for updates @

  3. try another brand of CD/DvD disc

  4. install aspi layer. preferred is v460. get it @

  5. a) update the burning program you are using to the latest release. b) uninstall any recently installed software. c) do a virus scan, and a scan with spybot s & d [ get it @ ]

  6. for XP or Win2K users, optimise your operating system Services for best system performance. for info go to and

  7. open taskmanager and shutdown ALL unneeded processes that are running.

  8. a) try another burning software and see if you get a better result. deepburner standard is free. get it @ b) for users of alcohol 120%, update to the latest drives support DLL [ look for topic “Alcohol 120% Device Support Patch Released” @ ]

  9. make sure mainboard chipset drivers are up to date. make sure all cables and jumpers connected to drives are correctly configured with regard to master/slave setup.

  10. enter your BIOS and disable anything you don’t use. set memory speeds to default. set cpu speed to default. if you overclock, DON’T [until you are certain that overclocking is not the cause of the trouble].

  11. if you still cannot fix the problem, try the drive in another PC that has NO burning issues…if possible.