Damn acer 12x cdrw help settings

I have an acer 12x cdrw on a 500mhz 320 ram & ez cd creator on a compaq sys w/win98. For some reason i am getting alot of cd errors... At times i have to change the advanced settings ie. for data i put disc at once and on audio i put leave session open and close it afterwards.. this seems to make the cd's fine but at times maybe 2 or 3 out of 10 it comes out with errors. i heard that if i uncheck dma on the writer that it might cure this problem and then when i try to make an audio cd, i wasted 5 cd's because of errors. so i put dma back and still at times it comes out with errors. if i lower the write speed, say 8x... it seems to work, but i never had this problem before on my hp 4x writer. i never had to change the advanced settings when making an audio or data cd. also, before i installed clonecd, it worked perfectly at max write speed... when clone went in, problems and error cd's popped up. i uninstalled clonecd and still got problems writing.. Any feedback on what settings i can do or any comp changes i can make would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. Are you sure the cds are rated at 12x BTW what compaq model do u have?? I might have the same one. 5838???

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  2. almost positive there 12x cd's...and my comp is a compaq 7000 model, forget which one exactly.
  3. Alright. If theyre not 12x cd's they might not work at 12x. That could be the problem. Most cd's are 12x tho.

    My system: <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?rigid=8946" target="_new">http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?rigid=8946</A>
  4. - Does that drive support buffer underrun protection ? ( if so do you have it enabled ? )
    If not:
    - DMA disabling slows down the data transfer, do not do that
    - leave your computer alone while burning.

    When burning audio cd's, the pc has to pump more data through the IDE bus as when burning data.
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