I posted this in the actual NEC 3500AG firmware thread, so my apologies for double-posting. However, I'm a bit confused with this issue and wondered if anyone could tell me the actual cause of my problems.
I'm new here, and although I'm fairly confident in what I'm doing, I do have a few questions which just keep popping up. I've read through most threads that I could find relating to the subject, but couldn't find specific answers to my needs. My apologies if it IS somewhere that I couldn't find here. Pointing me in the right direction would be wonderful.
I updated my firmware to what I believe is the latest - 2.C8 SE, yet I don't see any speed improvements whatsoever. Before this, I had a ripped 2.18 firmware instead. My biggest concern is that, in Nero, I cannot seem to get any speeds faster than 8x - no matter what media I try. The actual burning speed seems to be even slower than this, also. In my external 8x recorder, I can burn a disc in 6 and a half minutes or so. Trying those same discs in my NEC takes around 9 and a half minutes, which I find very strange, especially considering this recorder is supposed to be able to do up to 16x (obviously with the right media).
Still, am I incorrect in thinking that the 2.C8 SE firmware should allow me to record at faster speeds than the media is supposed to work? I hear people all the time saying how they got 8x media to record safely at 12x, etc., but obviously I have no option to try that, and am having enough problems trying to get the 8x media to REALLY record at true 8x. Is the problem with Nero, my media, the drive itself, or the firmware? Thanks for any help!