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A call to the competent - drchips needs help testing something

Discussion in 'DVD±R for advanced users' started by drchips, Jan 10, 2004.

  1. drchips

    drchips Active member

    Nov 29, 2003
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    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.


  2. drchips

    drchips Active member

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    Maybe no-one noticed this.

    Have Fun...

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