Over the past week or so, I have been performing Extensive Stress testing of RecordNow Max V4.5 as downloaded from Stomp. Basic Test System Specs: Intel P3-933 Generic 512 Meg PC133 Primary Master: Pioneer A04 DVD Burner Primary Slave: none Secondary Master: Mitsumi 16 X CD Burner Secondary Slave: none EIO-AP1680 ATA133 Raid Controller with Maxtor 120 Gig with 8Meg cache. Windows 2000 Pro I have concluded my testing for the moment. Now, I am aware that I am far more than merely competent at setting-up and maintaining my systems (not bragging, I have been in I.T. hardware & O/S support function roles since 1987: it is my job to be GOOD). So, it occurs to me that my test results MAY have been skewed by my systems set-up (tweaking/stability/performance etc). Therefore I am asking for Volunteers to do some testing for me, and report back with results. The kind of testing required needs a minimum level of competence with the O/s. The testing will not cost you anything other than time, CPU cycles and a bit of disk space. If you, dear reader, are willing to help, please PM me so I can make an entry in the database. I am HOPING for more than 10 offers of help. Thanks in advance. Testing Requirements, Aim, Report structure and Procedure are outlined below. Base Requirements: Windows 2000 Pro OR XP (Home or Pro) Pioneer DVD-Burner (A04/104/105/106) ANY CD Burner Nero (any version) RecordNow (any version, any supplier) with a reasonably up-to-date px engine Aims of Test: Perform a test burn to DVD using RecordNow WHILE AT THE SAME TIME perform a test burn to CD using Nero. Record results. Reports wanted: CPU Spec (P4/Athlon, MHz etc.) Memory Spec (MBytes, speed rating etc.) Hard Drive Used (size, ATA100/ATA133 etc.) Primary Master device Primary Slave device Secondary Master device Secondary Slave device ANY ADD-IN IDE CONTROLLERS USED & the devices on them OVERALL Average CPU load (%) RecordNow success (Y/N) RecordNow Write speed you selected RecordNow CPU load (average %) Nero success (Y/N) Nero Write Speed you selected Nero CPU load (average %) Testing Requirements: A VIDEO_TS folder with a film ready for burning with RecordNow (DVD - minimum 1 Gig) A DVD burn speed selected in RecordNow so that the burn time EXCEEDS 10 minutes A data folder ready for burning with Nero (CD - minimum 500 Meg) A CD burn speed selected in Nero so that the burn time EXCEEDS 10 minutes Testing Procedure: Configure RecordNow to ensure the autorun shield is ON, and the buffer under-run protection is ON. Configure Nero to ensure buffer under-run protection is ON. Run Performance Monitor and configure to show: Processor -> % processor time Process -> % processor time -> nero Process -> IO Read Bytes/sec -> nero Process -> % processor time -> MyCDPro Process -> IO Read Bytes/sec -> MyCDPro Update automatically every 5 seconds. Run recordNow, create a Data-Disk Job, set record speed, set to TEST, load the data and start the test burn. Wait until RecordNow has started the test burn. Run Nero, create CD-ROM (ISO) with NO multisession, load the data, set the speed, set to test and start the test burn. Let the performance monitor run till it has a screenful of relevant data, then pause it. Wait for the test burns to complete. Jot down the results and post them to this thread. Ta!!