1620 Riplocked?

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#1

I was thinking of swaping my Lite-On for a 1620, but is it still the case that these drives are riplocked? What kind of rip speeds are we talking about if this is still the case?


#2

My latest rip of a pressed DVD reached 12Mbytes per second. The source movie was only 4Gbytes, so it didn’t need shrinking.

That’s in the region of 8x, OEM 1620 with G7P9 firmware.


#3

8x for burned DVD discs and 16x for pressed DVDs.


#4

Mine almost always goes 8x for burned DVDs, 8x for dual layer pressed DVDs, and 16x for single layer pressed DVDs. It’s not a bad speed and it can read from horribly scratched, warped, rotted discs. Yeah, I just got a perfect rip from a “blotchy” dvd original.
Previously, I felt pampered by the 16x rip speed of my Sony drive, but it couldn’t read every file from every disc. Now, I’m pampered by a BenQ that can read every disc.

I am planning to add a http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=107490 to my system at some point in the future because you can have a much more “automatic” experience by having two drives, and the addition is very inexpensive if your computer case has room for two drives. These will also work in a prolific-powered external enclosure if the computer is too small for two drives (like my tiny computer). So, now I have this tiny, modern-looking computer with a collection of wires and hang-ons that is larger than the computer. Oops! Anyway, when in doubt, use two drives.


#5

…and talking about reading scratched and horrible looking surface, I tried it with an old movie from the video club… I could NEVER read it with my home DVD… but the 1620 ripped it at 8x (dual layer) without a glitch… This is really a good ripper…

I’m used to clean the DVD from the video club before watching them on my home DVD, but this is useless with the 1620!


#6

I use pledge/favor from SC Johnson–a furniture polish intended for polyurethane that works just as well on acrylic.
Using a very light pressure on the dodgy, tricky, irrascable nozzle, it is possible to dispense the optical grade wax without covering arms, legs, spectacles, desk, clothing, curious pets, etc. . . with wax.
This procedure is then followed by rubbing the disc with clean fingertips (wax turns clear) and then a light buffing with a clean t-shirt. The now very-clean disc is covered in optical-grade wax with the bonus of becoming germ free and having a really wonderful lemon scent. :wink:

This is a great way to clean a disc without introducing additional scratches, because it is very difficult to scratch a disc that has wax on it.