Something seems to have gone whack somehow.
It takes 3 times more (and sometimes more than that) time to burn an audio CD when -- IMPORTANT -- using MP3 files than it does for me to burn an "equivalent" size data disc. Does not occur if burning from wave files.
For instance, using two burners to create and verify 700MB of data at 48x took 7:12. A slightly less equivalent 66:42 audio disc (586MB) took 21:35 to create and verify.
This problem has been going on for several months now. Before when burning audio or data this time disparity did not happen. The same 3x differential occurs when only using one burner as well (almost 8 minutes for audio v less than 3 for data).
Symptom?: the percentage level of the used read buffer seems to fluctuate a lot while burning. So does the buffer level.
Also, another symptom of trouble is that my system virtually locks up when burning the audio disc -- does not for data. And doing the same on an identical burner at my office, that is burning from MP3 files, does not result in slow burning.
Is Nero having a problem? Any clues? Surely would be most grateful.
My computer: AMD Barton running at 2 GHZ, 400MHz FSB, 1 GB of PC3200 DDR, primary HD is a RAID 0 153 GB 7200 RPM, Benq 822A, LiteOn 52327S, Samsung SM348B. Right now using Nero 184.108.40.206, but the issue, as I said before, has been going on for quite some time. In my office I use NeroExpress but the same -- slow burning -- is true for NeroExpress at home.