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Awkward Sound Editor Issue


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The new forum design is much easier to navigate through, I must admit. I was a little dissapointed to find that, (maybe I didn't look too hard) all the posts from the old forums were deleted? Oh well. About Sound Editor:

Starting just today, when I entered Sound Editor to work with some mic-recorded clips, the program randomly exited out and if I wouldn't have saved my progress, it would've deleted it all. VideoWave has done this to me before as well, which I know can't be normal, but VideoWave does not exit randomly as often as the Sound Editor has just today. There's something fishy here.

 

Just thought I'd slip in one more quicky:

Would there be a specific reason for a slowing of the DVD Burner's writing speed? I know my burner isn't the fastest on the market, but I do know that the copying has slowed down to 0.0 as the average writing speed, and I have updated it, because a while back it refused to burn at all and that worked, but it hasn't spead up the drive at all. An hour-and-a-half video production takes approximately 3 hours to burn. Maybe that's normal for my drive type.

 

Thanks for any replys.

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The new forum design is much easier to navigate through, I must admit. I was a little dissapointed to find that, (maybe I didn't look too hard) all the posts from the old forums were deleted? Oh well. About Sound Editor:

Starting just today, when I entered Sound Editor to work with some mic-recorded clips, the program randomly exited out and if I wouldn't have saved my progress, it would've deleted it all. VideoWave has done this to me before as well, which I know can't be normal, but VideoWave does not exit randomly as often as the Sound Editor has just today. There's something fishy here.

 

Just thought I'd slip in one more quicky:

Would there be a specific reason for a slowing of the DVD Burner's writing speed? I know my burner isn't the fastest on the market, but I do know that the copying has slowed down to 0.0 as the average writing speed, and I have updated it, because a while back it refused to burn at all and that worked, but it hasn't spead up the drive at all. An hour-and-a-half video production takes approximately 3 hours to burn. Maybe that's normal for my drive type.

 

Thanks for any replys.

 

 

I don't know about the exiting out in Sound Editor, but for the slow burning, check your DMA settings in Device Manager, under IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers. It may have reverted to PIO mode.

 

Also, if you have change to a different media, check to see if there is an updated firmware for your burner.

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The primary channel was set to 'PIO only' and I changed it to 'DMA if available.' So now my primary and secondary channels are both set to DMA. That should do it then. Will that shorten the burning time length for DVDs or is 3 hours about right for an hour+ movie? Either way that should allow it to be faster now, right?

Thanks for the speedy reply.

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The primary channel was set to 'PIO only' and I changed it to 'DMA if available.' So now my primary and secondary channels are both set to DMA. That should do it then. Will that shorten the burning time length for DVDs or is 3 hours about right for an hour+ movie? Either way that should allow it to be faster now, right?

Thanks for the speedy reply.

 

After you changed your setting, did you reboot your computer and recheck Device Manager to see if the setting held? Depending on what burner you have, I should read Ultra DMA Mode 2 or 4.

 

Also, go to the manufacturer's website to see if there is updated firmware. Updated firmware, running the burner in DMA Mode 2 or 4, and the speed of your processor, all have an affect on how fast your movie will encode.

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Hey, thanks for replying so quickly.

I rebooted just now, and checked the settings. They appear to have stayed at DMA, but I thought one thing was peculiar. In the primary channel, under 'Device 0' it says the transfer mode is set to 'DMA if available.' But the current transfer mode is set to PIO mode, and that appears to be unchangeable. 'Device 1' is set to be currently on Ultra DMA Mode 4.

 

In the secondary channel the current trasfer mode is set to Ultra DMA Mode 5, under 'Device 0' and under 'Device 1' it says "Not Applicable," but the transfer mode is set to 'DMA if available.' I doubt that matters.

 

I updated my burner in the late summer of last year, so it's pretty recent, but I will check the website again.

Thanks.

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Hey, thanks for replying so quickly.

I rebooted just now, and checked the settings. They appear to have stayed at DMA, but I thought one thing was peculiar. In the primary channel, under 'Device 0' it says the transfer mode is set to 'DMA if available.' But the current transfer mode is set to PIO mode, and that appears to be unchangeable. 'Device 1' is set to be currently on Ultra DMA Mode 4.

 

In the secondary channel the current trasfer mode is set to Ultra DMA Mode 5, under 'Device 0' and under 'Device 1' it says "Not Applicable," but the transfer mode is set to 'DMA if available.' I doubt that matters.

 

I updated my burner in the late summer of last year, so it's pretty recent, but I will check the website again.

Thanks.

 

Who set up that computer, and do you have Serial ATA (SATA) drives installed on a SATA connector as your boot drive? If you don't the primary and secondary connectors are backwards in how they are set up, inside of your computer.

 

The Ultra DMA Mode 5 is your hard drive, and it should be on the primary channel under Device 0. The "Not Applicable" just means that there is nothing slaved to your hard drive, which is good.

 

Do you have more than one burner on your computer? If not, do you have a Zip drive or something connected on the same ribbon connector as your burner? If so, two things. First, your DVD burner should be the primary on that connection and whatever is running PIO mode should be the slave. Second, go back into Device Manager and delete the Primary Channel (in this case), and reboot. Then look to see if there is a change.

 

How comfortable are you with playing with the guts of your computer? Depending on the answers to the first set of questions I asked, I have something to suggest. Part of the key is 80 wire, 40 pin ribbon cables.

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Based on all that I have read in this post, I really have to agree with Bruce. I build custom computers as part of a small home business I have and if one is not familiar with how to set up primary and secondary drives on the MB and set all the correct switches correct on each of the drives so the BIOS sees them inthe correct order etc. , you can have some problems. Your computer might be running but as Bruce suggests, it's certainly not set to run in the best way.

 

Try and find a good reputable computer shop and talk to them about what they advise.

 

Frank...........

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Okay, will do.

Thanks.

Based on all that I have read in this post, I really have to agree with Bruce. I build custom computers as part of a small home business I have and if one is not familiar with how to set up primary and secondary drives on the MB and set all the correct switches correct on each of the drives so the BIOS sees them inthe correct order etc. , you can have some problems. Your computer might be running but as Bruce suggests, it's certainly not set to run in the best way.

 

Try and find a good reputable computer shop and talk to them about what they advise.

 

Frank...........

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So sorry that I didn't get back to you sooner.

To tell you the absolute truth, I don't feel too comfortable messing around with the settings on my computer. It scares me, because I have no idea what I'm doing.

 

The people that set up my computer are the exact same people I bought it from. I hope I can trust that they did everything right. I have 2 burners on my computer: CD and DVD. I did update my burner, so maybe that will help. I found a firmware update on the website.

 

I have no idea about the SATA connectors.

 

In my case, since I HAVE 2 burners, I shouldn't delete the primary channel I assume. That doesn't sound like a good thing to do. I'll look around for anything relating to the SATA drives.

 

Again, I apologize for not replying sooner. To tell the absolute truth, I had forgotten about it.

 

 

Who set up that computer, and do you have Serial ATA (SATA) drives installed on a SATA connector as your boot drive? If you don't the primary and secondary connectors are backwards in how they are set up, inside of your computer.

 

The Ultra DMA Mode 5 is your hard drive, and it should be on the primary channel under Device 0. The "Not Applicable" just means that there is nothing slaved to your hard drive, which is good.

 

Do you have more than one burner on your computer? If not, do you have a Zip drive or something connected on the same ribbon connector as your burner? If so, two things. First, your DVD burner should be the primary on that connection and whatever is running PIO mode should be the slave. Second, go back into Device Manager and delete the Primary Channel (in this case), and reboot. Then look to see if there is a change.

 

How comfortable are you with playing with the guts of your computer? Depending on the answers to the first set of questions I asked, I have something to suggest. Part of the key is 80 wire, 40 pin ribbon cables.

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After reading this thread again, I am convinced that whoever set up your computer, did it backwards. It actually could not have been set up anymore backwards.

 

The primary and secondary connections to the motherboard are wrong, and the master/slave configuration of your CD burner and DVD burner are backwards as well.

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That sounds like a VERY true statement. I can understand how it could be like this, considering last summer they replaced my motherboard. They easily could have messed something up.

 

Well...What should I do? How serious is it?

 

 

After reading this thread again, I am convinced that whoever set up your computer, did it backwards. It actually could not have been set up anymore backwards.

 

The primary and secondary connections to the motherboard are wrong, and the master/slave configuration of your CD burner and DVD burner are backwards as well.

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I also might add, that the computer store recently fired a worker for not knowing what he was doing. Hope he wasn't the one that worked on my computer...

 

That sounds like a VERY true statement. I can understand how it could be like this, considering last summer they replaced my motherboard. They easily could have messed something up.

 

Well...What should I do? How serious is it?

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