It looks like nothing recent has been posted in this discussion thread, but here are my comments about my personal experience with the BTC DRW1108IM DVD burner drive. I got the drive for about $50 at Fry’s Electronics several months ago. I thought it would reliably work as well as my BTC CDWRITER IDE5224 CD burner drive. I thought I was going to be in DVD heaven. Instead, I had to go through a bit of DVD burning hell before I was granted salvation via the ever reliable TDK DVD-R discs to ascend to a bit of DVD heaven. Boy, I was an stupid ignorant fool who didn’t know that DVD burner drives and DVD-R discs and DVD+R discs can be very finicky and fussy with horrors if you use the wrong brand of DVD-/+R.
The firmware as of this writing is up to version B330. I’m guessing that the firmware simply has more brands of DVDs that the BTC DRW1108IM DVD burner drive is suppose to be compatible with. I’ve been able to use Philips DVD-Rs, Philips DVD+R, Memorex DVD-Rs, and Office Depot DVD-Rs (in other words, whatever was on sale) and they seem to play on the PC using the BTC DRW1108IM DVD burner drive but those discs may stutter when played on my cheap $45 Yamakawa DVD-218 player that I have hooked up to my TV. (Those discs will play better on the more expensive JVC DVD player that i also use in the living room athough don’t be surprised if there is an infrequent stutter.) I figure if a particular brand of DVD-R stutters or freezes on my cheapie Yamakawa DVD-218 player, then that brand is a “no go” and I should never buy that brand again for DVD-Rs.
Two brands that I should mention that I’ve had nightmares with where I wasted my money on those two brands are Imation DVD-Rs and Maxell DVD+Rs. It seems like many of the Imation DVD-Rs that I’ve tried to burn are coasters. The Maxell DVD+Rs are absolutely horrible – I could not burn anything with Maxell DVD+Rs. Anyways, the BTC DRW1108IM DVD burner drive seems have more difficulties burning or playing DVD+Rs although I’ve been able to burn Philips DVD+Rs but those may have an ocassional stutter when played on my cheapie Yamakawa DVD-218 player. Because of my experience in wasting time trying to burn with the Maxell DVD+Rs, I’ve given up on DVD+Rs and I only do DVD-Rs.
Fortunately, I’ve found success with one brand of DVD-Rs: the TDK DVD-R. I’m currently swearing by the TDK brand as being the most compatible without any stuttering or freezing during playback – my Yamakawa DVD-218 player so far has been happily playing the TDK DVD-Rs that I’ve burned with the BTC DRW1108IM DVD burner dirve. This is for both TDK DVD-Rs that I’ve burned as DVD-Video discs that have been authored with fancy DVD menus and also as DVD Data discs where I merely copy the MPEG2s of my TV show recordings to the disc. Prior to my trying out TDK, I thought that I could never burn a flawless DVD. I thought I was in burnt DVD coaster hell. But TDK has allowed me to ascend to DVD heaven finally. So, thank goodness for TDK.
I have been tempted to get the Verbatim DVD-Rs that have the fancy motion picture reel on them, but TDK DVD-Rs seem to be on sale every once in a while at Best Buy and luckily the TDK DVD-Rs seem to be the best for me. One of these days, I’ll splurge and get the fancy Verbatim DVD-Rs with the movie reels on them, but for the most part I’ll be using TDK DVD-Rs when burning DVDs with my BTC DRW1108IM DVD burner drive.
As for CD-Rs, I have not tried that yet because I also have a BTC CDWRITER IDE5224 drive that is faster at 52x in burning CDs while the BTC DRW1108IM DVD burner drive has a top CD-R burning speed of 40x. (With the BTC CDWRITER IDE5224 drive, I’ve been able to throw any CD-R at it to get good reliable burns without any problems.)
Getting back to the BTC DRW1108IM DVD burner drive, I typically burn DVDs at 4x and not the higher 8x to make sure the DVD can play reliably on DVD players. Anyways, most people seem to burn at 4x and the CDFreaks report says this drive has problems with 8x. (Now, there is the higher 16x speed on the newer DVD double-layer 8.5gb burner drives and I wonder how reliable they are and I also wonder how much are the discs for those drives.) Anyways, bottom line for me, since I have the BTC DRW1108IM DVD burner drive, the best brand of DVD-R for me is the TDK DVD-R.
BTW, here are some links that I found for the BTC DRW1108IM DVD burner drive that I found when I was trying to find out what other people are saying about the drive.
(as previously listed at the beginning of this discussion thread)
Thanks for reading. And also thanks to the others who have already shared their comments and reviews about this drive.