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Solved: A DVD Writer Problem?

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  1. pnr

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    Hi.
    I have a Toshiba Satellite L20-121 notebook and recently observed a problem when writing a dvd. In fact, I am not quite sure that it's a problem actually, since I cannot guess whether this is normal or not with my existing hardware. Well this is the issue: when I start writing a dvd, its maximum speed is just 1.0x and it takes about an hour to complete a dvd.

    If needed, following is what I have as optical storage,
    Type: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - removable plug-in module
    Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
    Write Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 2x (DVD-R DL) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)
    CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 10x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM).

    I don't know maybe I need to update something? Or this is normal for this computer? I'm not sure. What can I do? :confused:

    Thanks a lot.
     
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    I have checked that PIO issue yesterday but it is not in the pio mode. I was using Nero but in order to check whether this is the problem, now I have tried Roxio Easy Media Creator. However, nothing solved. I think in anyway, it should be faster? :(
     
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    What amount of Memory is in the laptop.

    Push Pause Break key + Windows logo key together and it will tell you the Ram amount.
     
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    Processor 1.86GHz
    1.86 GHz, 0.99 GB RAM
    This is the Ram amount written there.
     
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    That looks OK......

    Have you tried another make of DVD disk?
     
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    Do you think that it is not because of the properties of my machine or dvd writer but because of something else? And, yes I have tried another make.

    Is there any way out?
     
  8. Megabite

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    Certainly your PC should burn a DVD quicker than you have stated.

    Does the same thing happen when burning CDs
     
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    No they are quite faster.. I don't have problems when writing a cd.. :(
     
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    Sorry for the late reply.
    I followed some of the instructions in the link above (such that: uninstalling the IDE/ATA Controller and reloading the defaults by restarting). And also i tried another (and another... and another...) make of dvd. Well finally it seems that it's working now.

    Thanks to you all for your help.
     
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