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DVD 16x burning at 8X


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I recently purchased the Samsung SH-S162L DVD writer which is an OEM product. The specs of the burner say that it writes DVD -R/+R at 16x, so i went ahead and purchased a 25 DVD-R disc pack capable of 16x. However when i started burning discs, using Nero Express 6, I found that I was unable to select a writing speed higher than 8x (either 4x or 8x). Why am I getting half the speed that Im supposed to be getting?
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The writer will read the disk to see what writing speed it is made for and adjust for that. Sometimes drives need their software updated.

This website shows that most drives really don't make the 16X anyway.

http://www.anandtech...a...i=2260&p=13

I personally like to burn at 8X because it burns better and is only a couple of minutes slower than 16X.

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But does this give me the right to go to the store and get my money back? This is false advertising.
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But does this give me the right to go to the store and get my money back?


No because the literature (for the drive and the discs) usually state that the burning speed is up to 16x, and not at 16x.

Edited by Neil Jones, 28 January 2007 - 04:54 AM.

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I'm glad you brought that up. I bought an OEM version drive, so i got just the drive itself with a Nero CD, no documentation which says "up to 16X". Just says on the drive itself "16X DVD -R/+R". The discs I purchased were probably not the best quality but the label of the pack also does not say "up to 16X" anywhere, just says "DVD-R 16X" flat out, it also says "A+ Grade Guaranteed"!!
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When it comes to the disks i am picky about them. I will generally only buy Imation or TDK branded cd disks. I have had problems with the other brands on older drives. The newer drives it don't seem to matter much. On DVD disks i generally only use the Ridata disks as they are the taiyo yuden made. I also use the TDK branded dvd disks as i don't have any problems with them.They are all about the same price at around $26 per 100 for the dvd's.

On drives i really don't think it matters much either even tho i tend to buy the NEC drivesfor dvd's. For CD drives i usually pick the lite-on's. Best prices and i've never had any problems with them.

The worst problems i have is trying to get branded drives out of fried computers to work in other computers. There must be things left out of the drives that they don't work as well as the aftermarket ones. i have a H-L cd-rw out of a e-machines computer that worked fine in it but has problems with any other motherboard, weird, EH!

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How much RAM and cpu are required for 16x writing? I have 512mb RAM and 2.6Ghz Intel Pentium 4 processor.
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How much RAM and cpu are required for 16x writing? I have 512mb RAM and 2.6Ghz Intel Pentium 4 processor.


hi,

what you have meets the requirements for 16xwriting, but more memory would be an extra bonus depending on how much you would want to spend.

cheers...xxx1
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Ok people, I took SRX660's advice and coughed up some cash for an Imation 16X DVD+R disc. It made and instant difference, Nero now allows me to burn at 4x 8x 12x and 16x, as opposed to only 4x and 8x on the cheaper brand. This truly does show, you get what you pay for.

Thanks a lot everyone for your replies.
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