Anyone successfully replaced UJ830s in a Toshiba Laptop?



Hi there

I’m getting really p***ed off with the Matshita/Panasonic UJ-830s DVD-RAM drive fitted in my Toshiba Satellite L10 notebook which only offers to write my Verbatim 16x DVD+R media at 2.4x. The USB drive I have is great but I can’t always carry that around with the notebook.

I’ve talked to Toshiba who said that “[they] don’t recommend changing the drive due to possible compatibility issues…”, what those issues are they weren’t really able to say. They also said that there will be a firmware update released in the future, but were unable to put any timescale on this.

I was wondering if there is anyone out there who has successfully changed the DVD writer on their notebook and can point me in the right direction.

Any suggestions appreciated.




@ midders,

Perhaps you should review the below Forum posting and note Forum Members TM posting comments ->



[QUOTE=bjkg;2016500]@ midders,

Perhaps you should review the below Forum posting and note Forum Members TM posting comments ->


Thanks, I’ve already read that; I want to know whether it is possible to do in any way, or is just plain impossible.


Having given up on a hardware/firmware resolution to my problems with this drive, I’ve been searching for compatible media (i.e media that will write at 8x).

I started a thread on the Toshiba support forums, where I was basically told to RTFM where I’d find a list of Toshiba recommended manufacturers. This I duly did; from the manual:
DVD-R: Taiyo Yuden, Matsushita Electric Co.
DVD+R: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Ricoh Co.

So I visited my favourite media site ( and have just spent £20+ on two spindle tubs of Verbatim media:
Verbatim 16x DVD-R manufactured by Taiyo Yuden, media code TYG03
Verbatim 16x DVD+R manufactured by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, media code MCC004

And guess what? No surprise; supported write speeds for the DVD-R are 2.0x and 1.0x, supported write speed for the DVD+R is 2.5x i.e. exactly the results I was getting with my previous media (Verbatim 16x DVD+R YUDEN000T03).

Googling, I found a list here but can’t find any of the compatible 8x media to buy it! Can anyone point me at some media that is both available to buy (in the UK) and will write at 8x on this drive?

Any suggestions appreciated.