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Hi all,

 

I have two drives that i burn to. One is the standard apple 8x superdrive and the other is a firewire400, LaCie drive (16x dvd, 40xcd). now, i used to run toast 6 ti, but htat was slow starting a burn, and then ran the drives very slow (~2x). so, i upgraded to toast 8ti (being a uni student, this was expensive), now, boath drives toast repoets as burning at 3x, average of 1x. even though i specify the max speed as whatever both disc and drive can handle (8x for the current stack of dvds). a '2min' burn takes around 10min.

 

thanks,

Andrew

 

iMac C2D 2GHz, OS 10.4.9 (incremental updates), 1GB RAM, 45GB HDD free

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I have two drives that i burn to. One is the standard apple 8x superdrive and the other is a firewire400, LaCie drive (16x dvd, 40xcd). now, i used to run toast 6 ti, but htat was slow starting a burn, and then ran the drives very slow (~2x). so, i upgraded to toast 8ti (being a uni student, this was expensive), now, boath drives toast repoets as burning at 3x, average of 1x.

Has it ever burned faster? What brands of media have you tried?

 

Are you doing other things while it's burning that may be sharing processor cycles and RAM with Toast? Restart the machine, make sure nothing else is running, then try a burn. 1G of RAM is okay, but the Intel machines really come alive with 2G or more of RAM BTW. Especially if you like to have a few apps open at the same time.

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Hi all,

 

I have two drives that i burn to. One is the standard apple 8x superdrive and the other is a firewire400, LaCie drive (16x dvd, 40xcd). now, i used to run toast 6 ti, but htat was slow starting a burn, and then ran the drives very slow (~2x). so, i upgraded to toast 8ti (being a uni student, this was expensive), now, boath drives toast repoets as burning at 3x, average of 1x. even though i specify the max speed as whatever both disc and drive can handle (8x for the current stack of dvds). a '2min' burn takes around 10min.

 

thanks,

Andrew

 

iMac C2D 2GHz, OS 10.4.9 (incremental updates), 1GB RAM, 45GB HDD free

That is very strange. What brand of discs are you using? It could be that neither drive's firmware likes those discs. Make sure you've flashed the most recent firmware update for your LaCie drive.

 

Still, it's odd that both are the same slow speed. I have a 2 ghz G5 iMac and a Firewire LaCie d2 drive and haven't experienced your problem. The LaCie is, of course, faster than the Superdrive.

 

One thing to try is to download and apply Apple's OS 10.4.9 Combined System Update for your Mac. It is known to fix odd issues that occur after doing incremental updates. It's a long shot, but....

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Thanks both.

the speed seems the same no matter what else is running (or if its a fresh boot or has been up all day). however, i remember the lacie went at full cd speed when plugged into my previous machine (beige G3...).

the discs are postoffice, no brand stack -r dvds, so i tend to agree that the problem may lie there.

as to ram, i would like more, but cost comes into play.

i will ignore the combo os update for now(aussie net companies still charge heaps for unlimited broadband), and will just buy 10.5 when it gets to australia (may take some time)

 

Andrew

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