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suggestions for a long lasting dvd burner
i'm getting so sick of this. i purchased a samsung cd burner just before the explosion of dvd burners and was very impressed with its quality and speed. so, i went ahead and got my first dvd burner as a samsung dvd burner, produced soon after the original cd burner i purchased, so i figured i would be able to expect the same quality. i guess i did, but i really am not quite sure. i wasn't able to use it long enough to know. both of my drives, the cd burner, and my dvd burner died in the exact same week (mind you i had the cd burner about a year before that, was waiting on prices of dvd burners to go down). they died in the exact same way too, they could only read pressed media (absolutely nothing burned), and at a very low speed at that.
so, i got on the faithful cdfreaks forums and lurked a while, found that everyone had great things to say about the benq drives and the 1620/1640 series. i purchase it and after about the 5th dvd i've ever burned it died too. now, i say only 5 because i did not burn dvd's for a very long time, i stuck with cd's for the most part, so i would say i'd had the drive for over a year, now i've had it for about a year and a half. my point is, i use the drive very little. maybe that's why they keep dying on me, lack of use or something. i don't know. i hardly see how i can justify the cost of buying cd/dvd burners i use so unoften if they are going to die with such little use. i purchased an oem benq1620. i recently (couple of hours ago) cross flashed it to a 1620 retail drive. that didn't seem to have any effect. for the record, i'm getting session fixation errors.
anyway, i guess what i'm asking is, i've already blown well over $100 on dvd burners that have died with barely any use, and each time getting an RMA seems like a dead end (tho if you have suggestions i'm all ears). do you all have a suggestion of a dvd burner that's going to last a long time? i really don't care about the quality/speed of burning, or how many sheeps it is, what i care about is not dumping another $50 or so into something that's just going to die after very little use.
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Re: suggestions for a long lasting dvd burner
My experience first experience with an LG burner was a disaster, poor burns from my 4160B plagued me until new firmware came along. I think that generation drive was a bit troublesome in general
But since then, I've only had good experiences, and read good reviews. Particularly regarding the 4167B (which I have) and the H10A
Maybe you should consider buying retail drives (which usually have longer warranty). That is, if your drives aren't still under some kind of warranty.
Maybe your mainboard or PSU is having trouble (if all your drives were playing up on the same computer)
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