Old 22-04-2010   #1
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SH-S223L Have I just made a mistake?

Hiya all,

First thanks for taking the time to read my thread

I have just ordered 2 x S223L's from eBuyer, however I am slightly concerned that I have made a bad decision... I initally found this site when I stumbled upon the Samsung patching utility. (great app!)

Anyway I currently have 2 drives in my computer a SH183 and a 203B which I was planning on giving away and replacing with the 223Ls. However after reading the threads on here I'm starting to think I will be replacing these drives with junk particulary after reading posts from a chap called cyberguy. I'm only an average user not overly fussed about 22x write speed (mainly burn xbox 360 games) However I was hoping with these writers I would be able to burn higher than 8x I only ever use Verbatim Singapore DL discs.

So what do you think, do I cancel the order and rethink my options? I can still do this tonight as it hasnt been dispatched yet!! My only reason for buying samsung was due to the fact that these current drives have always been brilliant for me. & if you think its best I cancel is there any recommendations for a half decent drive, preparred to spend a little extra if need be

Thanks in advance for any advice

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Old 22-04-2010   #2
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Re: SH-S223L Have I just made a mistake?

Hi and Welcome!

I'd suggest to get something else than a 22x Samsung. Additionally, I wouldn't buy two of the same drives but two different units. Perhaps getting a Optiarc AD-724x and a (real) Liteon wouldn't be a bad idea.
And: keep the 203B and donate only the 183

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Hi Michael

Thanks for the welcome and speedy reply! Everyone seems friendly on here

I have just cancelled the order and will rethink my options, ta

What do you mean by a "real" Liteon lol?

They have the Sony/Opti AD7241S on eBuyer so I shall look into that.

Quite fancied two of the same drives to keep it matching - Bit like the same tyres on a car sorta? (sad I know! lol)

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Real LiteOn = LiteOn iHASn24-A.

There are two lines of LiteOn iHASn24, the one that has the A letter in the name is a true LiteOn design (Mediatek chipset, with learning mode, OHT etc.) and the iHASn24-Y is a relabeled Optiarc that can be crossflashed to Optiarc.
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Hey Matt, welcome to the forum

I have two 223x drives (one a "proper" Sammy, the other a Dell rebadge)....they work nicely enough for me (DVD burning - I have an Optiarc drive that handles CDR duties). Not outstanding drives, but not bad either - certainly very tolerant of mediocre media.

But I guess this is pretty much irrelevant now the order's been cancelled, hehe (Note to self: read all posts in a thread!)

BTW. I'd keep hold of the 183

Regarding having two identical drives - I would go for different models/manufacturers - reason being, one drive can make up for any weaknesses the other may have (such as not being a great CD burner, not being a good reader/ripper etc etc).
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Hi,
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Thanks for the welcome and speedy reply! Everyone seems friendly on here
You're very welcome
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What do you mean by a "real" Liteon lol?
Some of the new 24x Liteon drives are based on the 24x Optiarc series. It is not easy to tell them apart from those with Mediatek chipset (= "real" Liteons). We have some threads about this in our Liteon section.

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They have the Sony/Opti AD7241S on eBuyer so I shall look into that.

Quite fancied two of the same drives to keep it matching - Bit like the same tyres on a car sorta? (sad I know! lol)
Hehe
With optical drives, you want drives with different behaviour and features.

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Thanks for your time Arachne/Michael.

Both my 183A and 203B are Dell jobbies that have been flashed with Samsung firmware

Conflicting Opinions on the 183A and 203B then both saying keep the other one lol.

I think the 203 is newer so I will probably keep that and give the 183 away.

I'm leaning towards the Sony AD7240S now (I have just been reading about liggies FW - removal of Riplock bitsettings etc.. is quite appealing) Such a lot of work goes on with these drives behind the scenes!

I'll also do some reading into Liteons too before I make the final decision
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Hi mattjk,

If you do decide on a Liteon the IHAS524 is only available as an A version ie. Mediatek (MTK) and therefore is a true Liteon and will work with all Liteons features / utilities.

As stated before other IHAS can be A or Y, with Y being a NEC chipset. If you buy online you may get either as retailers do not appear to have made any distinction.

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