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Oggy
22-12-2004, 09:08 AM
Silly question for the day as per the title. If I buy a PC with a DVD writer instead of a combo drive, is it able to write to CDs as well? :o

Pacifier
22-12-2004, 09:16 AM
Yes DVD writers can write to CDs. I would say it is almost impossible to get one that can't these days.
By the way it wasn't a stupid question.

Pacifier :thumbs:

Oggy
22-12-2004, 10:08 AM
Thanks Pacifier.
I am now indeed ... pacified.

Cheers :)

noone
22-12-2004, 10:34 AM
it will be just a bit slower though - but nothing to cry over seeming all the other stuff a dvdrw can do

george12
22-12-2004, 12:57 PM
Slower? Why?

Every DVD writer I've ever used burns CDs at 52x....

~sy~
22-12-2004, 01:57 PM
Quick answer = Yes you can

However -it shouldn't be any slower. I would think most of them are capable of burning at 52x.

PaulD
22-12-2004, 02:30 PM
Slower? Why?

Every DVD writer I've ever used burns CDs at 52x....

Come on George, are you sure your software isn't just stuck reporting 52x for everything? Most DVD writers do CDs at 32 - 40x max with some able to do 48x max. If you've got a DVD writer that will do 52x CDs give the model number.

Murray P
22-12-2004, 02:35 PM
My DVD/CDRW is supposed to do 48x, I think, but doesn't get much above 32x for CD's. My old CDR did 48x consistently if asked until..... RIP :badpc:

Metla
22-12-2004, 02:41 PM
I had a cd writer (Aopen) that reported its speed as 124x when burning,It made the loudest hells gates opening noise i have ever heard emit from a comp.....I stood well over the other side of the room when it was in action......

noone
23-12-2004, 10:46 AM
124x - is the cd still there i would think it would have either snaped or just dissapeared

Metla
23-12-2004, 10:54 AM
I would assume that the cd was spinning as fast as the drive was capable of running,and that the monitering aspect was having a wild guess.

I ran Nero speedtest on the drive and it reported the maximum speed the drive would write at without errors was 16x,after that nero automaticly restricted burn speed to 16x.

Which was fine by me as thats the maximum i generally burn at anyhow.

Chilling_Silence
23-12-2004, 07:36 PM
Nero sucks.... It lies to much....

Time it and you'll find out. Or download the registry patch that makes it display the speed its _really_ burning at.

You'll find it lies!

Murray P
23-12-2004, 08:30 PM
Nero sucks.... It lies to much....

Time it and you'll find out. Or download the registry patch that makes it display the speed its _really_ burning at.

You'll find it lies!

To what extent, random bulldust, +-?

Chilling_Silence
23-12-2004, 08:59 PM
It never burns as fast as it says it does....

I tried burning a DVD on an underpowered PC, took me 32 mins which is 2x when it said it was burning at 4x. The meter got to 100% approx. half-way thru

Similar results with CD's, but its been so long since I used Doze for that sorta thing that I cant give any examples off-hand.

Edward
23-12-2004, 09:05 PM
?_?

my version of nero tells the (what i'm thinking) truth. it says burning at 40x, and that's what sony limited the drive to @_@ (What's the point in spending extra $$$ on a limited drive?)

george12
23-12-2004, 09:17 PM
Lite-on 1653S.

I know it says 48X, however in Nero I was miraculously able to get it to burn at 52X, and not just say that - I timed it against my 52X burner, took 1 second LESS time (spin up etc).

Benchmarked it, and as would be expected for 52X, 52X at end of disc, around 32 in the middle and around 26 at the start.

Cheers