I've just purchased a Pioneer 109 and am have many problems when writting to media. I have installed the drive on an 80 wire IDE cable as recommended by Pioneer. The Secondary IDE channel the drive is Master on is set to DMA and the BIOS identifies the drive as ATA 66. However, in Roxio EasyCD Writer 6, using Datawrite 52x and Taiyo Yuden CD's the drive hangs at 95% when writing and speed is slow and erratic. Writing DVD's is even worse. Using Datasafe DVD+Rs (Discs you claim Pioneer 108 achieve speeds of x12) the drive manages x2. Ritek x4 DVD-Rs appear to be the only discs that achieve a result. I am seriously considering reverting to my old BTC 4 speed. I'd appreciate it if there is anyone who can offer me some constructive support and suggestions to overcome these problems.
EasyCD Writer 6 was bought separately to use with my Yamaha SCSI writer. I did use Nero for some time but reverted to EasyCD Writer about 18 months ago. I should have also said that I run Win2K and that it is SVP who claim x12 speed for the Datasafe DVD+R's.