CD-RW going out the 3rd story window

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venom650_19

100% Hard-Core Gamer
#1
Ok, I've had so many damn troubles with this burner of mine. There are so many problems with my pc when I have it hooked up and using it. Where do i start...

First, the performance drops. I mean, I cant do ANYTHING hardly when its burning. This is unacceptable. My rig is fast, damn fast, and a measly burner should not slow it down so bad that text on the screen cant keep up with my typing. Granted, I can type 80+wpm, but this is rediculous. EVERYTHING slows down when burning. RAM is still at 830+MB free, but the CPU usage jumps from 83% to 100% consistently. The computer is just so damn slow, period.

2nd, it completely messes up games with it installed. Yeah, Command and Conquer mostly. I don't understand this at all. It kills network performance and makes the game skip really bad. This one is beyond me, and frankly I'm tired of it.

3rd, it NEVER EVER, and I mean NEVER burns at 48x. Its ALWAYS 24x. What the hell? I bought a 48x, not pay all the money for this and have it operate at half the speed. Unacceptable again.

I'm about ready to literally rip this piece of crap out of my case and throw it on the ground outside. Then proceed to run it over with the car a few times and bash the remains with a 20-lb sledge.

Does ANYONE know something I can try to save this burner or if its the burner for sure before I spend the money on another worthless piece of trash?

Thanks guys
 
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venom650_19

100% Hard-Core Gamer
#3
No, I haven't done that. I'm pretty sure that isn't the problem. It trashes 80% of all discs, kills PC performance, messes up games, and pisses me off.

It's possessed, I swear. It just trashed another disc, and I've had it with the thing. Before I proceed to make any more knuckles bleed from fits of rage (dont worry, would NEVER hit my precious PC) I'm going to YANK it out tomorrow and beat it to death with some power tools. Maybe place it in a vice grip and continue to tighten until it explodes.

Maybe that'll make me feel better. I'll buy another tomorrow and report back. Hopefully with no problems.

This burner is going to die. :mad:
 
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fIxx3r

a weapon of ass destructi
#5
dude... as much as you want to.. don't break it.. take it back to the place you bought it from and claim a new one...

It's not a precious Plextor, is it?
 
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Largo

Million Modded Man
#6
Make sure from some freak occurence, it didn't get set to PIO mode instead of DMA. Had the same thing happen with my burner at first. But it was with Win2k, something worth checking out anyways
 
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venom650_19

100% Hard-Core Gamer
#7
I'm open to suggestions before I buy a new one. I bought this at RadioShack(my college job, so I bought it from work), and its the 3rd one. I think the brand is I/O Magic. I'm NOT going to exchange it for another one, 3 of them is enough already. Plus it's been a few months, and dont want to go through any hassles getting my money back. I'll have to eat this one.

How do I check and make sure that it's on DMA instead of PIO? I can't remember offhand.


I'm open to any suggestions guys and I have a cooler head about it today, thanks!
:D
 
nodnod

nodnod

Dismember
#8
I did a search on i/o magic burners and I noticed a recurring word... crap. Maybe they just don't make a good product, you did say this was your third. I would try to return it and go for a different brand like, plextor, lg, liteon and so on.
 
phenix

phenix

New Member
#9
That burner is crap. You'd think with that nice machine you have there you could atleast afford a decent burner. Why put a rotten cherry on top of a tasty ice cream cone? Just sell the damn thing and buy a better brand.
 
wawadave

wawadave

New Member
#10
hello
have you looked in device manager? any problems showing?
have you gone to makers sight and checked for newer drivers or patches?
 
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venom650_19

100% Hard-Core Gamer
#11
Thanks for the advice phenix, that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm looking at buying this one at the moment:

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=27-106-234&depa=1

I'm not going to be buying any more crap burners. I got this one from work since it was on clearance. Although, I should have learned my lesson the first time I had to take it back mere weeks after. Ah well, live and learn. No more crap hardware in my machines, simple as that I guess.



Thanks guys. ;)
 
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venom650_19

100% Hard-Core Gamer
#13
Yes, but I've never heard anything bad about them. It's either Plextor or Lite-On at this point. Lite-On is quite a bit cheaper. I've never heard anything bad about either of them.


Hmm... Taking a trip to the local Best Buy tonight to see if they have anything reasonably priced along the lines of Lite-On/Plextor. If so I'll go ahead and buy, otherwise I'll consult Newegg. :)
 
agw_01

agw_01

Modified Member
#14
Plextor are possibly the best brand out there. That price tag certainly isn't just for show.

I've had 2 Lite-On drives, and my dad has one. I used Lite-On in all my builds, and simply wouldn't use anything else. Great price... great performance. No problems when burning, even with cheap media. I burnt 702mb of data @ 52x onto a cheap 40x 700mb CD-R, and it came out fine.

On another note, I had a Philips OEM drive which would occasionally crash the machine it was connected to. The drive would freeze completely (tray wouldn't open) and you would have to restart or even turn off the machine to get it to work again. I never tried a firmware update before it died an untimely death :D
 
wrathchild_67

wrathchild_67

Hidden Member
#18
If you're looking at Best Buy... Buslink, Memorex and TDK use rebadged Lite-On drives. Your best bet is to buy a Buslink drive as these are always Lite-On drives and they are often cheaper than the rest.
 
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ggalv

New Member
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agw_01,

Might be a little off topic, but does burning 702 MB on a 700MB disk cause problems?

I had 2 CD's out of 20 or so, that burn good but when I tried opening the last two pictures on each CD they did not open or could not copy even though the file was there. I noticed that these two CD's where maxed out in terms of space.

Does this sound reasonable?

Thanks
 
agw_01

agw_01

Modified Member
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Originally posted by ggalv
agw_01,

Might be a little off topic, but does burning 702 MB on a 700MB disk cause problems?

I had 2 CD's out of 20 or so, that burn good but when I tried opening the last two pictures on each CD they did not open or could not copy even though the file was there. I noticed that these two CD's where maxed out in terms of space.

Does this sound reasonable?

Thanks
Sorry it took me so long to reply.

Anyway, in answer to your question I have had no problems at all when overburning a 700mb CD. I did, however, have a problem when trying to burn 655mb onto a 650mb CD. Over time, the disc just took longer to access. I use Nero 6, which allows me to set overburn options. I just left them to the defaults... 82 minutes I think which seems to work well. Overburn will only work when doing a disc-at-once burn, as you probably know. What media do you use? Maybe the discs that had read errors didn't like being overburned, while better quality discs give more flexibility (couldn't think of the right word there).
 

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