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schrockm



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 8:54 pm    Post subject: Trial version write speeds Reply with quote

We are evaluating the DVD software for purchase and downloaded the trial version, but wanted to know if the write speeds are faster than 4x in the full version. So far we only have 2x and 4x as options for the trial version.

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Tom Vaughan
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The trial version is not limited in any way, other than the trial period expiring after 30 days.

What model drive are you using? We may need to update your configuration files in order to insure that all speed options are available.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Write speeds available in any buring tool are decided by 2 factors, the burner and the media.
If you have a high speed burner (16x or faster) and high speed media (16x or faster) then the slowest speed you can burn at will be 4x, which is exactly the same as burning at 1x with low speed media & low speed burners.

Also, if you have a high speed burner and low speed media, then you will be able to go faster than the medias rated speed, but it is NOT a good idea.

If you are seeing 4x maximum, then you are running a combination of low speed media & probably a LOW speed burner too.
Double-check the media you are using.
Unbranded, or generic media, is often bought in by whoever slaps their name on it at the cheapest price they can find - Memorex are well known for this and if you use a freeware tool called DVDIdentifier, which can be found online (freeware) it will tell you who really made the blanks you are using. With a spindle of 50 memorex discs, it has been known to find as many as 3 different makes in one spindle.

So - a limit of 4x inplies low speed media & a low speed burner to me.
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schrockm



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The media we're using is 4x DVD-R and the burner is a Sony DRU-540A, which says for DVD-R that the max speed is 8x. So it could be that the configuration files need updating, because I know that burner is an older model now, but it could also very well be the low speed media with a higher speed burner problem. Didn't really think about that before. There are some updates available on the burner, so maybe we'll do that and see if it helps at all. And then keep trouble shooting from there. Let me know if there's anything else you can help with.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

schrockm wrote:
The media we're using is 4x DVD-R and the burner is a Sony DRU-540A, which says for DVD-R that the max speed is 8x.

This explains why you are seeing a 4x speed as maximum. It's all the media is rated for, and Sony burners will generally limit you to the speed of the media.

schrockm wrote:
So it could be that the configuration files need updating, because I know that burner is an older model now, but it could also very well be the low speed media with a higher speed burner problem. Didn't really think about that before. There are some updates available on the burner, so maybe we'll do that and see if it helps at all. And then keep trouble shooting from there. Let me know if there's anything else you can help with.

Thanks!


The config files do not need updating - it's the highest that Burner/Media combination is capable of is all.
Write speeds are a combination of both burner & media - not one or the other.
If you must write faster - and in my honest opinion, there is no rush as fast writes will give more errors, making the disc harder to play on players whos error correction is perhaps not what it could be - then you must get a high speed burner and high speed media as well.
You simply need to get the right combinations.

We use Pioneer DVR-109 and Verbatim Data Life Plus 16x media. This gives us a minimum speed of 4x and a top speed of 16x (not recommended)
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