I'm having some rather odd problems with my new DVD burner. I've read the other threads which contain some of my problems, but there are also some extra ones which I have.
Firstly, the read speed of my drive leaves a lot to be desired. I can only read dvd's at 2x speed, and that's both DVD-Video's, and Data DVD's which I have burned myself. I've read before that the OEM drives are locked to 2x, unless you change the firmware. I've tried the two firmwares which were backed up and posted by pdc in another thread (rpc1 + rip-speed, and rip-speed only), and both give the same results. I have yet to try the ones provided by The Dangerous Brothers, but I presume these are exactly the same as the one's in pdc's signature.
Secondly, the burn speed of my drive is also very slow. I've tried to different types of 4x media (Bulpaq and Mirror Platinum), but it always takes me 45 mins to burn a 4.3GB DVD (which I think is about 1.5x speed).
Thirdly, whenever I burn a DVD, it never reports the correct size for the dvd when I select the disc in My Computer and it shows the dvd capacity. Even though the disc contains 4.3GB of data (and some other large sizes from other dvd's I've made), it always reports the size of the DVD as 1.99GB. I find this problem rather odd, and can't understand why it can never calculate the correct size.
I hope someone can help me or tell me what I'm doing wrong, because it's getting very frustrating now.
I've tried enabling DMA mode for my drive hoping that may give it a speed burst.
Could it be my PC's spec? I currently have the following :-
40GB HDD, with 15GB free (drive speed = 4,717 KB/s)
I realise that I have a slow hard drive, and that would account for some of the slow-down when burning (although, 4,717KB/s is still about 3.5x speed, yet I can only burn at 1.5x speed), but would this also affect the read speed? I've benchmarked the drive using Nero CD-DVD Speed, which just checks how quick it can access the dvd, and it's always less than 2x speed.
I would be very grateful for any help in this matter.