Recently bought this drive a few days ago… had some problems burning with a particular brand of dvd-r so searched around to find the reason and stumbled on this forum
I was a bit worried after i read all the negative comments… then relieved to read all the positive comments about the firmware upgrade
Still, my disks failed to burn so I went out to get another brand. Got Princo 4x dvd-r (which i’ve read cause problems, but worked fine for me)
Anyways, they worked fine, but dvd burning is extremely slow. About 50 mins for 4.7gig. I heard this is about 2x rather than the 4 it should have been going at (burner is 4x, dvd-r 4x, settings were 4x).
The LED light was flashing orange and red, which I read in the faq to mean DMA was probably not active. Which it wasnt. I managed to get DMA activated by uninstalling the secondary IDE and rebooting. This worked.
However, when I tried to burn a dvd with the same media that worked for me before, it crashed after 5 mins or so at 1% saying Illegal Disk and leaving the disk unusable.
I’m trying to work out what my problem is. Is it the DMA settings? how can I do it better? (i’ve since reverted back to an older windows setting, non-dma, and can burn again but still slow)
Or is it the Princo’s and will it possibly work with DMA with a better brand?
Thanks for your help in advance