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DVD Burner Will Only Write At 2x Now


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#1 phoenixcrash

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 05:38 PM

I have a Hp DVD 1170i burner. The original burner ran off PATA power, but when I replaced it I bought one that runs on SATA. I ran a SATA power wire to the mobo, and got a IDE to SATA converter to complete the installation. Everything went fine (didn't even need drivers). I've been using this setup for almost a year with absolutely no problems. I might also mention that I have used it to burn several thousand DVDs. About a week ago it started reading and writing discs at half the speed it normally does. Settings in all programs are set to burn at 4x, but all I can get is around 2x. The light on the disc tray used to blink intermittently but steady. Now the blink has a kind of stutter to it. Is this an early warning that the drive is about to crap out? I used Nero Drive Tool to run a test on the burner, and it confirmed that even though it's set to read at 16x and burn at 4x, it is reading and writing at 2-2.5x! Anyone know what might be goin' on? :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 02:00 AM

The sad part about burner drives is their limited life span.

We fail to look at those lasers like we do a light bulb, they emit light and over time that light begins to fade just as a light bulb appears dimmer just before it blows.

Burner drives fail a lot sooner then a drive that just reads disks, because the lasers have to get hot enough to burn through to the heat sensitive layer under the disk surface, where a read-only drive only has to read that data.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 10:17 AM

and got a IDE to SATA converter to complete the installation.


The fact it buned as long and as well as it did with an SATA/IDE converter is a minor miracle. That is one of the real "cross your fingers and pray" hardware items.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 10:32 AM

The fact it buned as long and as well as it did with an SATA/IDE converter is a minor miracle. That is one of the real "cross your fingers and pray" hardware items.


Hmm? I totally agree with this statement, but that is why DVD burners are so low in price these days, I think back now to the first E-IDE DVD Burner I ever bought, cost me something like $350.00 US dollars back in 2001, now I can buy a much better drive than that one for under $50.00.

Wish that was the case with all current top of the line processors and memory though, seems like the new technology is always over priced or out of price range for the average consumer IMO. :thumbsup:
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Posted 21 April 2010 - 04:07 AM

it is reading and writing at 2-2.5x


DMA status?

http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?t=61905
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