Old 13-02-2005   #1
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HP dvd writer 640b

Anyone have any information on this drive?

Is it an OEM version of a LiteOn drive? or a BenQ/Philips drive?

All I know about it is that its a 16x drive, capable of DVD+R, DVD-R, and DVD+R DL. It comes bundled in the new HP Pavilion a820n machines.

Any information would be great. Thanks!
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Re: HP dvd writer 640b

Check in Device Manager.
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HP?
Then it's maybe an OEM version, maybe with cippled features.

Sounds silly, but has happened before...
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Check in Device Manager.
Uh, yeah, thanks.

It lists HP DVD Writer 640b.
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HP?
Then it's maybe an OEM version, maybe with cippled features.

Sounds silly, but has happened before...
Yeah, I know. I just can't tell what drive its an OEM of.
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Re: HP dvd writer 640b

If you have a digital camera please take a photo of the front of the drive.
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What's printed on the drive sticker/label on it's top?
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If you have a digital camera please take a photo of the front of the drive.
I'll try to take a pic of it this week sometime.

I should have mentioned that the other thing I know about it is that its features LightScribe support.
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What's printed on the drive sticker/label on it's top?
I haven't looked inside. Its not my computer and HP doesn't make it that easy to take a look at the top of the drive.

I was hoping someone already had the scoop on the drive before I tried other measures to find out what it was.
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Re: HP dvd writer 640b

If you run Nero CD/DVD Speed found at http://www.cdspeed2000.com what does it list as the firmware installed - should be in the drop-down box there beside the name. Just need to know the firmware revision number.
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Re: HP dvd writer 640b

Not sure about the HP DVD640b, but the HP 640i is a Lite-on and has "lightscribe" for burning lables on the tops!
check here :
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http://www.shopping.hp.com/cgi-bin/hpdirect/shopping/scripts/home/store_access.jsp?product_code=Q6766A%23ABA&aoid=12655&template_type=product_detail&script_name=product.cgi
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Not sure about the HP DVD640b, but the HP 640i is a Lite-on and has "lightscribe" for burning lables on the tops!
check here :
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http://www.shopping.hp.com/cgi-bin/hpdirect/shopping/scripts/home/store_access.jsp?product_code=Q6766A%23ABA&aoid=12655&template_type=product_detail&script_name=product.cgi
How do you know it's a Lite-On? Not only by the picture at HP.com I hope because: http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread....450#post872450
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Re: HP dvd writer 640b

It's a LG OEM. Saw the sample drive before. To confirm pls see if it can write to DVD-RAM.
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If you run Nero CD/DVD Speed found at http://www.cdspeed2000.com what does it list as the firmware installed - should be in the drop-down box there beside the name. Just need to know the firmware revision number.
The firmware revision is E152 according to NeroInfoTool. Date listed is 04-11-17.

And the front of the drive tray looks exactly like the one here:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showpost.ph...68&postcount=1

(Except that it doesn't say 640i on the front, just 640.)
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It's a LG OEM. Saw the sample drive before. To confirm pls see if it can write to DVD-RAM.
The HP dvd writer 640b that I have in the HP machine is not able to write DVD-RAM according to NeroInfoTool (nor is it able to read it).
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Other possibly relevant information from NeroInfoTool:

Read speed is listed as 24x.
Write speed is listed as 40x.
C2 Errors check box is NOT checked.

Doesn't really sound like a Lite-On does it?
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And the front of the drive tray looks exactly like the one here:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showpost.ph...68&postcount=1
Well if it looks like that with the emergency eject hole on the left side it's a Lite-On. LG DVD writers have the emergency eject hole slightly to the right like this and BenQ writers have it in the middle.
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I'd say it's a Lite-On of some variety myself by the looks of that pic. You could possibly ask about this drive on the Lite-On forum. Omnipatcher could possibly work on it to flash it to a regular Lite-on drive but I'd ask first and see if one the Codeguys can give you anymore information regarding this drive. Sorry about my original post, I should learn not to post when half asleep! I should've known in advance that the Firmware revision wouldn't really be very useful at all *sigh* - I am normally more careful than posting a stupid and very pointless question.

I though the Lite-On DVD-Burners had the 40x specs, not sure on this though... uhm, looking on newegg....

Might not be a Lite-On! I wish I had more information for you:


From the 1633S:
Write Speed: DVD+R DL 2.4X, DVD+R 16X, DVD-R 8X, DVD+RW 4X, DVD-RW 4X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 24X
Read Speed: 48X CD-ROM, 16X DVD-ROM

So the CD-R write speed is off unfortunately although the RW speed is correct.
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Re: HP dvd writer 640b

I think Lite-On makes all their internal drives and BenQ will be making all the External drives
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I think Lite-On makes all their internal drives and BenQ will be making all the External drives
No there is an internal 640c = BenQ see here. In fact I'm not sure Lite-On got a contract for making any of the 640 drives if the 640b version indeed is a LG drive.
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According to a guy at a Swedish forum the emergency eject hole is placed slightly to the right on his 640b drive so I'm pretty sure it's a OEM LG drive just like Sen wrote. I wonder if there is also a third(!) 640 version by Lite-On though: http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=129087
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Is the tray something like this? LG based unit is like that.

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Re: HP dvd writer 640b

I got the HP 640c today at Wal-Mart for $99.00. It says it is made by BENQ. The firmware version is CS30 made January 2005. I got it because it does the Lightscribe and compliments the 1620 very well.
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All the "special" HP PCs @ Wal Mart are JUNKS. Actually, most electronics at Wal Mart are JUNKS. I hope the HP-branded drive works for you.
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Works great so far, it's a Benq!!!!!!!!!!!!
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