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Windows 7: Lower CD-R write speed ?

01 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit
Lower CD-R write speed ?


I was curious to know. I heard there could be firmware preinstalled that forbids low write speeds. I'm trying to achieve 4x

I burn with DiscJuggler. It reports 30x-40x speeds, despite setting 4x everywhere in it. I'm using Sony blanks.. or could they be the conflict ?

My friend said to try Nero DiscSpeed.. to hopefully lower the drive's minimum write speed.. I set 4x here and there (been a while), but it did no difference.

Could this be somewhere I have to hunt down in the BIOS ?

My drive is a..

hp dvd-ram gh40l scsi cdrom device (Device Manager)

SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology drive (PC specs page)

Please assist

My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

I do a lot of Audio CD burning as I have a recording studio. I use 8X as my audio CD burn speed "standard". This allows compatibility with almost all audio CD players. I've been using the 8X for about 10 years and have burned hundreds of audio CD-R's and have never had a CD come back as "unplayable" or "skipping". I only use JVC-Taiyo Yuden "Professional" ink jet printable CD-R blanks, but the brand does not dictate the burn speed, its the drive.

The burn speeds are hardware dependent. e.g. most SATA CD/DVD burners will only go do wn to 16X (except one model LG CD/DVD burner). PATA (IDE) burners of recent production will go down to 8X for audio CD burning. Although there may be some software utility that will change/lower speeds, I havent found one. I have Nero and use Nero Burning ROM for all my CD Burning. I have a bank of 5 USB connected PATA burners that I use for my CD production.

With CD burning software, you must have a CD-R blank loaded in the drive BEFORE you attempt to burn, so you can set the burn speed. If you try to set the burn speed first, without a disc in the drive it will only default to its highest burn speed.

Other recording engineers, that I've talked to on recording forums agree on the 8X speed.

The only CD burner drives that I know that will burn at 4X are very old (obsolete/out of production) PATA (IDE) drives. The last one I had was one that came with a Windows 98 PC.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit

So 8x are still common/compatible enough ? Hm.. I guess I'll have to order the right one and swap drives

This is my rig:

Compaq Presario CQ5300 Desktop PC series*-* Compaq Presario CQ5300Y Desktop PC Product Specifications - c01949103 - HP Business Support Center

I did go into DJ settings and it does not default to max.. it does attempt 4x but somehow I'm looking at high 20s-40 write speeds

fireberd.. thanks much for your input and hopefully there is a drive this slow suitable for my machine on newegg

If anyone knows of a software solution.. please advise..
My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

The drive in your PC is listed as a standard SATA interface drive (not a SCSI drive as you originally stated).

The drives I have that will burn audio at 8X are LG GH24LS70

Here is the Amazon site listing for this drive. Lg Dvdrw Gh24ls70 24x Sata Lightscribe W/ Software Black Bare Internal Sata Cd-Rw Drive: Computers & Accessories
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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