Hi all. I'm new to this forum. I've got quite a few questions so please bear with me! (I posted this in the Newbie forum but got no replies :sad: )
Hi, and welcome.
I was reading some of the reviews like this one, and it seems that, LiteOn DVD drives (like their CD-RW counterparts) are the best for defeating copy protections. Is this the general consensus of other users as well?
What is the difference between the LiteOn SOHW-812S drive and an LiteOn LDW-811S drive?
812S does -R at 8x and -RW at 4x. 811S does -R at 4x and -RW at 2x. 812S uses newer hardware too, and seems to perform better than the 811S in general.
Is regional encoding for DVD video discs ever a problem or will flashing of the drive's memory fix that?
Not a problem. Use LtnRPC. See the tools sticky in the LiteOn forum.
Are there copy protections out for DVDs yet (apart from regional encoding)?
No, not yet. The DVD format has yet to be bastardized like the CD format.
Is it better for me to wait for a dual layer drive to come out or (from what I've read on the other threads) should I just buy one now because its possible to do a firmware upgrade to make the drive a dual layer one?
The first-general DL burners will be most surely plagued with problems. If you really want DL, wait for the second or third generation of DL burners. The 812S can be flashed to a 832S DL burner (as OC-Freak showed in the LiteOn forum), and when flashed to the 832S, it can write single-layer discs just fine. But as OC has no DL discs to play with, he couldn't confirm that 812@832 can write DL okay. So if you want to be really safe & want DL, get the 832S (which should be out very very soon now) or just go ahead and get the 812S and hope that "upgrading" it to a 832S will work okay.