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New guy here with a small question

Discussion in 'DVD±R media' started by Divinus, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. Divinus

    Divinus Guest

    Hi, I've just recently started researching the DVD Burner market and trying to decide on which burner to buy. I'd like to thank all of you on the forums. I've learned so much just by reading through the many informative threads here.

    I've come to the decision of getting a NEC 3500A Burner, I believe it's dual layer 16X. $67 on newegg with free shipping.

    My question is, if any of you have this paticular burner, or another NEC for that matter, what media do you find the best to use with it? I bought some DVD Burner from wal-mart about 6 months ago (believe a lite-on) and bought some Memorex dics. I ended up taking it back because of errors but I still have the discs. After reading on these forums I can see that Memorex isn't exactly a preferred brand and that most of you prefer Ritek(sp?).

    I plan to try out the memorex just to see what I can do with them; maybe just use them for file backup or something.

    Thanks again in advance, guys.
     
  2. tomripley

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    The best place to start would probably be NEC's own list of recommended media, which can be found here ('Media List for 16x DVD Writer'):
    http://www.de.nec.de/softwareoverview2.php/id/557

    You should be fine with any decent quality media (Ritek, Verbatim, etc). I own one myself and knows from personal experience that it vorks very nicely with Verbatim media.

    If you buy one make sure to update it with the latest firmware, which can be found here (both official and hacked versions):
    http://www.cdrinfo.com/forum/tt.asp?forumid=88
     
  3. Divinus

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    Thanks, Tom.

    What is the difference in the hacked version and the ordinary version of the firmware update? Does the hacked version allow you to burn some otherwise copyrighted DVD's or something like that? Or is the hacked version just a user tweaked version or something.

    Thanks once again, Tom. I plan to go grab some Verbatim from wally-world as soon as it arrives.
     
  4. tomripley

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    Not all the hacked versions enable the same features, but in general they all make the drive region free and disables the riplock[1].

    Some of them also enable bitsetting[2] and writing certain media faster than they're certified to.

    For now I'd recommend you stick with one of the official firmwares, as you can always change to a hacked version once you've gotten to know the basics.

    [1] A feature that means the drive will read CSS-protected movie-dvd's quite slowly
    [2] A feature of dvd+r media that gives them the booktype dvd-rom, which is normally only used by prerecorded media, and in principle should increase compability with older players.
     
  5. kchev

    kchev Regular member

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    tomripley is right on. this is one of the best "quality" burners you can buy. they are not picky on their media as LiteOns are and will burn almost anything you can load in the tray. about the only drawback to these drives is that they are not very good readers

    i am thinking of getting a new drive and if i do, this is going to be the one
     
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    I've had good luck with PC reviews so check them out.I've been using lately the LITE_ON 1633 it has less trouble than the old plex!http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,118521,00.asp
     
  7. klinger

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    Another idea check the PC Hardware forum here (DVD+drive
     
  8. Divinus

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    All right guys, I know you're probably getting annoyed with the questions, but I have just a few more, lol.

    Ok, I'm fairly savvy when it comes to PCs, not to say that I know everything, but I get by pretty well. I've flashed the bios on my NF7-S before, and flashed a few CD-ROM firmware before. I'm guessing this DVD thing won't be a problem at all...

    My only question is :

    I see on the site that Tom provided that there are different cracked firmware updates for different manufacturers, OEM. I bought mine OEM from Newegg.com. Does this possibly mean that I will end up with one of the TDK/Maddog drives and use the specific software for it? I think I've gotten the idea of how it works (NEC sells their drives to other manufacturers) but I'm not sure of the consequences (if there are any) of using the NEC firmware if say my burner comes in and is, in fact, TDK.

    I understand completely what the cracked firmware does now, and I believe updating would be relatively easy. My only question is, if NEC does sell it's drives to other manufacturers, how can I tell? Or honestly, how does that system work?

    Thanks again, everyone.
     
  9. Mort81

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    Divinus,
    I'm going to say that there was probably nothing wrong with the Lite-on dvdrw you had, but the sub-standard memorex media you were useing instead. Lite-ons are a little pickier than some, but as long as you use good quality media they perform as good as most. They do seem to prefer dvd+r media. They can be flashed over and over w/o any ill effects and handle hacked f/w very well. The best budget media I have found to work well with mine is Ricohjpn R01's at about 34 cents a disc.
     
  10. tomripley

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    At least for NEC drives you can switch freely between the firmware from their different OEM partners. It might cause your drive to be renamed in Windows' device manager (ie. "TDK" instead of "NEC"), but that's really only a cosmetic detail.

    Having said that I would suspect that "OEM" in your case simply means that the drive comes without any bundled software, not that it is from one of NEC's OEM clients. However, even if it is, it makes no difference, as the actual drive is the same and can be used with whatever firmware you please.
     
  11. Divinus

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    Wow, thanks a lot Tom. You really hit the nail on the head with my question. I was afraid that I had worded it to badly and you wouldn't understand what I meant. Thanks a lot, though.

    To clear up the Lite-On Drive... I can't remember what was wrong with it. There may have been nothing wrong with it. I was overclocking my system pretty heavily about the time I bought that, and to blame the drive is unfair, as I was getting a lot of errors toying with what my system could handle. I also ended up replacing the power supply, so there may have been nothing wrong with the drive at all.

    Thanks again, everyone.
     
  12. Divinus

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    I just wanted to update and say that my burner came in today. It's friggin' sweet! Thanks to reading your guides I burned LOTR ROTK and Scooby Doo 2 today, flawlessly.

    I haven't updated the firmware on the writer yet. Plan to do that in a minute.

    Basically, what I wanted to share is that I used 2 of those crappy Memorex DVD-Rs and they seemed to work fine. LOTR is pretty much indistinguishable from the DVD, and Scooby Doo 2 you can barely tell as it's a little more grainy than the DVD.

    I popped them in my cheap Apex ($40 one from Wal-Mart) and it played perfect. I then tried them in my siser's older Emerson DVD Player and they both played flawlessly.

    Should I expect this from the Memorex, or did I just get lucky?

    Once again, thanks for the help guys.
     
  13. bbmayo

    bbmayo Active member

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    You got lucky.. Trust me :)
    Count your blessings

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    Download the DVD Identifier and find out the Manufacturer ID. I would bet it is Fujifilm which is a fairly good media.
     
  15. bbmayo

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    I don't belive FujiFilm manufactures Disks for Memorex?

    Memorex - CMC, RICHOJPN, PRODISC, and INFO DISC

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  16. Mort81

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    More than likely Ricohjpn or possibly prodisc if you're getting good burns on memorex. I agree with bbmayo, count your blessings.:-o
     
  17. Divinus

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    Ok, just downloaded it and checked it and they're Prodisc. I'm guessing I just got extremely lucky, lol.

    I'll just take this, as you said, as a blessing and not buy those again.

    I wish there was a way to check it on the box. I'd go digging through them to find these again.

    Thanks everyone.
     
  18. tomripley

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    Don't read too much into these codes - even the RICOHJPN media from Memorex is manufactured by Prodisc or CMC. They've just licensed the code, possibly along with some technology. Proof here:
    http://www.videohelp.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=916871
     
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  19. bbmayo

    bbmayo Active member

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    Hey you all need to read the link tomripley provided above. Very interesting stuff hmmm ;-)

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Mort81

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    I don't buy that. Too many people have had good results with memorex media with the Ricohjpn MID code. Can't say the same for memorex media with the CMC MID code.

    I still won't buy them cause it's too much of a gamble as to what your going to get.
     

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