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NEC Dual format dual layer DVD burner?

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June 28, 2004 2:55:17 AM

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My DVD burner is dying. I checked that the NEC dual layer drive is cheap and
also has good comment. I am not too confident with it because I tried a 2x
NEC & Panasonic DVD drive in the past. For some unknown reasons, the CPU
load is heavy when the drives were writing data. It never happened to LG,
Toshiba or Pioneer drives. Is it because of the cache size or something
else? Is the new NEC drive a good buy?
June 28, 2004 6:32:13 PM

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"leo" <someone@somewhere.net> wrote in message
news:p fIDc.30694$Y3.23535@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> My DVD burner is dying. I checked that the NEC dual layer drive is cheap
and
> also has good comment. I am not too confident with it because I tried a 2x
> NEC & Panasonic DVD drive in the past. For some unknown reasons, the CPU
> load is heavy when the drives were writing data. It never happened to LG,
> Toshiba or Pioneer drives. Is it because of the cache size or something
> else? Is the new NEC drive a good buy?
>
>

If your CPU is being used excessively while using a burner, i'd suspect that
the drive is not operating in DMA mode but in PIO mode.

I had this problem recently - my LG4081B taking CPU usage to between 85% to
95% while burning.
I'd installed the incorrect chipset drivers for my motherboard and the drive
was operating in PIO mode - it usually operates in DMA mode 2.
I tried to uninstall the incorrect drivers and install the correct chipset
drivers but it didn't fix it.
I reinstalled Windows XP and installed the correct chipset drivers and the
drive operated in DMA mode 2 - with just a minimal CPU usage.

Martin.
July 1, 2004 2:03:38 AM

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"Martin" <zedolf@o2.co.uk> wrote in message
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> If your CPU is being used excessively while using a burner, i'd suspect
that
> the drive is not operating in DMA mode but in PIO mode.
>
> I had this problem recently - my LG4081B taking CPU usage to between 85%
to
> 95% while burning.
> I'd installed the incorrect chipset drivers for my motherboard and the
drive
> was operating in PIO mode - it usually operates in DMA mode 2.
> I tried to uninstall the incorrect drivers and install the correct chipset
> drivers but it didn't fix it.
> I reinstalled Windows XP and installed the correct chipset drivers and the
> drive operated in DMA mode 2 - with just a minimal CPU usage.
>
> Martin.

I just got the drive. It works very well. I wonder how expensive those dual
layer DVD+R cost!
July 1, 2004 6:04:26 AM

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In article <_MGEc.21179$bs4.13122@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net>,
leo <someone@somewhere.net> wrote:
>
> I just got the drive. It works very well. I wonder how expensive those dual
> layer DVD+R cost!

At Best Buy, $29.99 buys you the "Verbatim 10-Pack DVD+R/RW and DVD+R DL
Double-Layer Disc Solution Kit", which "Includes 1 DVD+R DL (double-layer)
disc, 1 DVD+RW disc and 8 DVD+R discs". They sell 5 DVD+RWs for $19.99 ($4
each), and 5 DVD+Rs for $12.99 ($2.60 each), so that DVD DL costs about ($30
- $4 - 8*$2.60) = $5.20. All products include jewel cases.

You could buy DVD+Rs or DVD+RWs in larger quantities or elsewhere, and the
price would be lower, which would make the DL disc more expensive. For
example, at http://cdroutlet.com/, 25 Ritek DVD+RWs are $27.50 ($1.10 each),
and 50 Prodisc DVD+Rs are $37.50 ($0.75 each), and 25 standard-size jewel
cases are $6.00 ($0.24 each), so that DL disc is ($30 - $1.10 - 8*$0.75 +
9*$0.24) = $20.74. Quite a bit more expensive.

I've got a DL writer, but I'm not going to buy any DL media until it's
cheaper.

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