Hey folks, I got the LG GSA-4167B drive a couple of weeks ago and just recently had time to start burning some discs with it. The problem is the drive writes incredibly slow.
When I try to burn a regular data DVD with the latest Nero (v126.96.36.199) it can't write to the discs with the certified speed, not even close. I tried burning in x16 and x8 but in both cases the speed just shuffles between x2.4 to x4.5 on average. Rarely it may achieve x7 or x8 for a few seconds and then go back down to x3 or x4. This is incredibly annoying because every DVD takes 25-30 minutes to burn and that's unacceptable.
My drive is DMA'd of course, hooked up to the Secondary alone as Master and the firmware I'm using is DL11. I really don't want to upgrade to DL12 or DL13 because of that damn riplock LG introduced, and since I rip a lot of DVDs, ripping at x5 is not acceptable.
I'm aware of the Dangerous Brothers hacked DL13 firmware which allows for much faster ripping, but this is really a last resort for me since I don't want to void the warranty.
I'm using Verbatim x16 Photo-Printable MCC 03RG20 made in India and a few CMC ones made in Taiwan. Both clearly support x2, x4, x8 and x16 according to DVD Identifier.
Any ideas on what I could do to improve the writing speed? Will I have to upgrade the firmware?