DVD-R DL and my NEC3500

Hello everyone, I did a search and could not find what I was looking for, so, here goes. Can I burn dual layer dvd-r on my NEC3500A with a firmware change or do I need to get a different burner? I am using the dvd+r right now but I would like to go with the -r because it seems like they are compatible with more of the older dvd players. Any advice or help would be appreciated.

The ND-3500A is not capable of DVD-R9.
You would require the ND-3520A or newer from NEC to accomplish this.

You would need a different burner.

I have the same burner as you have. Tried it with a Verbatim dual layer-r, but the drive recognized it as a single layer dvd. So yes, indeed time for buying a new NEC.

I ordered the 4550.

You might want to try bitsetting your +r’s. A bitset +r is actually more compatible than a -r. By bitsetting, I mean changing the book type from dvd+r to dvd rom. That will make the disk falslly identify itself to the player as a dvd-rom. look here
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=120934

I thought that might be the case. Is there a firmware flash that removes riplock and allows bitsetting? I have tried several firmware versions and It seems that I always sacrifice speed when I flash my drive. I am using an original NEC (I think), ver: 2.16 for speed.

There are firmwares that remove riplock and allow bitsetting. Check out the NEC forum for Liggy and Dee’s firmware upgrades… http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=144344

As far as ripping speeds, my advice is to grab a DVD-ROM for ripping purposes. Even with riplock removed the 3500 is a slow ripper for commercial movie discs. I have the LiteON 16P9S and the ripping speeds are amazing. I rip a full commercial disc in 9 minutes via DVDDecrypter… http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=146237

I’ll second that. Get a dvd-rom as the nec isnt a fast ripper (or the best reader though still decent). I use a liteon 16p9s (fastest reader), and an aopen burner for hard to read disks (it’s a crappy burner but a great reader).

Thanks for the info, I took your advice and just bought a 16p9s at newegg. Looking forward to trying it out after a firmware flash.