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  1. I didn't notice that it was a notebook 3500 - I didn't even know there was such a drive... For that matter I've never seen a notebook drive that was listed as faster than 8x. You DO have a 3500 in your laptop, or is it a 6500? My brother's laptop has a 6500, it maxes out at about 7x despite being listed as an 8x burner. I don't know if this is a limitation of the drive or the drive's interface with the laptop. Other than it burning a little slow it's a great drive.
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  2. Ahh. You got me there and I should have known better. 'Braces for the flames'. It is indeed a 6500 and not a 3500. Got my numbers screwed up. It is a decent drive, but it doesn't recognize alot of burned discs. Even the ones it burns itself. The same discs can be read in my Pioneer however. Here is a link to that guy who did all the extensive testing http://notebookforums.com/showthread.php?t=58603 I had some Taiyo Yuden's burn at 8X
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  3. What is a good, reasonably cheap dvd-r media that the 3520a can burn at or close to 16x?
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  4. mcnabb311, I know he's used Vebatim MCC 01RG20 on his 6500 at about 7x + and I believe that both TYG02 and T02 8x TY media burns at close to 8x on his 6500 as well. He was complaining about it not burning faster than 4x but I told him to burn with DVD Decrypter, which reports the true burning speeds. I think I recall it topping out around 7.2x at least one of the times I watched it.

    As far as it not recognizing alot of burned discs, I don't know what that's about. He's not told me of any problems reading discs, and it's the only DVD drive he has. All I can say is try out any new FWs that might exist, and see if there are any modified FWs as well. You can check CDfreaks.com's NEC forum for specifics.
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  5. Originally Posted by mcnabb311
    Ahh. You got me there and I should have known better. 'Braces for the flames'. It is indeed a 6500 and not a 3500. Got my numbers screwed up.
    That explains a lot. When you said "notebook", I also assumed it was in an external enclosure. Hope I wasn't too harsh.
    Still a few bugs in the system...
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  6. "Hope I wasn't too harsh"

    Nah, don't worry about it.

    As far as burn speeds go, I watch for time not the instant reported burn speed so much. I'll try some other FW as soon as I get off all of this OT at work.
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