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16x external burner only burns at 1-2x

By taliosfalcon
Jun 5, 2005
  1. i recently bought a fantom external burner which can supposedly burn dvd+ and -r's at 16x, but when i try to burn either 8x + or - dvds it will ssay burning started @ 8x but only go at around 1-2x, dma is enabled and my usb ports are all 2.0 (and set to 2.0) anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Is your burning software set up correctly, or is it perhaps a trial-version? These last are known sometimes to only burn at low speeds.
     
  3. taliosfalcon

    taliosfalcon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i've tried it with dvd decrypter which is completely free, and a licensed copy of nero, both of which will say process started @ 8x so trial version etc isnt the problem, the programs will think its started @ 8x although obviously it hasnt, and i'm 99% sure the software is set up correctly, i'm beginning to think the drive itself may be defective and i should start looking into an rma....
    :suspicious: i just tried burning another dvd and in the time nero estimated it to take to finish @ 8x i got to 30% =(
     
  4. taliosfalcon

    taliosfalcon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    another thing i've just noticed w/ nero is my buffer level seems to be jumping back and forth between 80-92, could this be the cause of the slow burning speeds? if so anyone know how i could go about fixing it? i'm using an a64 3200, gig of ram and 2 80 gig hardrives in raid 0, defragged. my cpu usage never goes above 10% while i'm burning..
     
  5. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Nero has some utilities, NeroSpeed, CD-Speed or DVD-speed. Try those to manually override the burner-speed.
     
  6. taliosfalcon

    taliosfalcon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i've tried using nero drivespeed, and it doesnt change anything, programs will still say/think its burning at 8x, but its obviously not from the time it takes, and programs such as dvd decrypter that actually show the realtime speed will show it as starting burn at 8x...yet never actually rising above a 2x speed
     
  7. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    In that case it's time to start blaming the burner. RMA it if still under warranty.
     
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