Suddenly, Can't Burn Faster Than 4X

All along I have been burning at 8X without problems of any kind. Now, my last two burns have been at 4X only. To my knowledge, nothing has changed. I’m using the same media, (Memorex DVD-R 8X), the same burner, (Plextor PX-712A), and the same software, (1Click DVD Copy, and DVD 43). The Plextor has the latest firmware, and the software are both the latest versions. This same media has always burned at 8X. So, I ask you, why the sudden drop off to 4X?
And if it matters, I’m running XP Pro SP2, P4 3.0MHz, and 2048MB RAM.
Thank you!

Hmmm. To be able to know whats going on, I’d need to see the C2CD.log file and compare the faster burns to the slower burns.

Since you asked, Alexia :cool: This first log is my usual burn:
Write completed
7/30/2005 3:44:55 PM info Average speed x6.88 Reference x1 = 1385.00 kbps
7/30/2005 3:44:55 PM info Total burning time 00:07:49.406
7/30/2005 3:37:38 PM info Lead-in burning time (mS) 35207
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Start Write Buffer
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Start writing…
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Buffer under-run proof enabled
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Init success: DVD-R SAO
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Writing speed requested x8.0, effective x8.0
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Writing session #1 and closing disc.
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Required sector size : 2189360
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Available sector size : 2298496
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Available write speed: x8.0, x6.0, x4.0, x2.0
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Media ID: MCC 02RG20
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info 120mm DVD
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Detected media $0011 : DVD-R
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Finished browsing files - Data size 4.17 Gb.
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Start Browsing file structures
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info IDE Controler manufacturer : Intel
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info IDE Controler Description : Intel® 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info IDE Controler manufacturer : Intel
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info IDE Controler Description : Intel® 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Support Media : DVD-R, DVD-RW Seq., DVD-RW RO, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R, CD-RW
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Writing device used : 0:1:0 - PLEXTOR DVDR PX-712A 1.07 [E] (Ide)
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Using Patin-Couffin driver Version 1.28, Internal revision 28 - Async. Access mode
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Using DVD Video creation mode.
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info ParamStr 5 = “/1C=4.2.1.2-9D05”
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info ParamStr 4 = “/volumename=Spy”
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info ParamStr 3 = “/dvdvideo=J:\1ClickDvdCopy\VIDEO_TS”
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info ParamStr 1 = “/writedevice=E”
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info ParamStr 0 = “F:\PROGRA~1\1CLICK~1\CopyToCd.exe”
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info User default language : 1033 (0x0409h) - English (United States)
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info System default language : 1033 (0x0409h) - English (United States)
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info Version 3.0.54.106
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info ExeName : “F:\PROGRA~1\1CLICK~1\CopyToCd.exe”
7/30/2005 3:37:03 PM info OS : Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)

Now, compared to my most recent burn:

Write completed
8/6/2005 4:10:02 PM info Average speed x3.74 Reference x1 = 1385.00 kbps
8/6/2005 4:10:02 PM info Total burning time 00:14:59.828
8/6/2005 3:55:35 PM info Lead-in burning time (mS) 35205
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Start Write Buffer
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Start writing…
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Buffer under-run proof enabled
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Init success: DVD-R SAO
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Writing speed requested x4.0, effective x4.0
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Writing session #1 and closing disc.
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Required sector size : 2255936
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Available sector size : 2297888
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Available write speed: x4.0, x2.0
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Media ID: MCC 02RG20
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info 120mm DVD
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Detected media $0011 : DVD-R
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Finished browsing files - Data size 4.3 Gb.
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Start Browsing file structures
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info IDE Controler manufacturer : Intel
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info IDE Controler Description : Intel® 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info IDE Controler manufacturer : Intel
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info IDE Controler Description : Intel® 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Support Media : DVD-R, DVD-RW Seq., DVD-RW RO, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R, CD-RW
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Writing device used : 0:1:0 - PLEXTOR DVDR PX-712A 1.07 [E] (Ide)
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Using Patin-Couffin driver Version 1.28, Internal revision 28 - Async. Access mode
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Using DVD Video creation mode.
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info ParamStr 5 = “/1C=4.2.1.2-9D05”
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info ParamStr 4 = “/volumename=HOME”
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info ParamStr 3 = “/dvdvideo=J:\1ClickDvdCopy”
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info ParamStr 1 = “/writedevice=E”
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info ParamStr 0 = “F:\PROGRA~1\1CLICK~1\CopyToCd.exe”
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info User default language : 1033 (0x0409h) - English (United States)
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info System default language : 1033 (0x0409h) - English (United States)
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info Version 3.0.54.106
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info ExeName : “F:\PROGRA~1\1CLICK~1\CopyToCd.exe”
8/6/2005 3:55:00 PM info OS : Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)

Thank you.

Uncheck SAO First in the CopytoDVD settings. and then check your DMA mode. Make sure it is DMA 2.

Try using some Taiyo Yuden media.

Try using some Taiyo Yuden media.
Just ordered a 50 pack. We’ll see how it goes.

I’d agree with a media change. Is it possible you were using the same brand, but bought a new spindle and then noticed the speed change?

It seems odd that the available speeds changed from 8,6,4,2 to 4,2 as did the available sectors from 2298496 to 2297888. Looks as though it’s a totally different media.

If you try different media and it doesn’t work, check your UDMA settings, make sure you are not in PIO mode.

Hello Folks,

The below link provides detailed information on how to set your devices to use the DMA mode for quicker DVD copying.

http://www.dvdplusvideo.com/dvdguide005.html

Best Regards,
bjkg