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Hello Fred, I’ve found the absolute ultimate FAQ for people with CD-Writers. It’s incredible (and even addresses DMA )). The URL is below. Oh, and if you do use it and accidentally-on-purpose insert my Web site link as well, I’d be terribly grateful ) The FAQ: http://www.fadden.com/cdrfaq/
—Loadstar (his site: http://www.loadstar.prometeus.net/ )
[A]s reported the DMA setting can affect CD Writers as documented in several Roxio (Adaptec) EZ CD Creator and Soundstream articles. You can search (for "DMA") in their KB
http://ask.roxio.com/cgi-bin/roxio_tic/search —Paul Clement
A good tool to check transfer rates and cpu consumption is "diskspeed32" which can be found at http://www.iop.kiev.ua/~vgrin/DiskSpeed32/ — Phil Hochstetler
Of course, other drive speed testing tools include WinTune ( http://wintune.winmag.com/ ), PCpitstop ( http://www.pcpitstop.com/ ), and a variety of shareware/freeware tools at
You may already have some basic drive speed testing tools on your system, too. For example, Norton’s "System Information" has a built-in drive speed benchmark test.
Thanks to all who write in, both to me directly, and in the discussion area associated with the original article on DMA I posted at http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/02.htm
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