DVD-ROM to go with GSA-4163B

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#1

Hi.

I bought the GSA-4163B and so far only good things to say about it.
I now want to add a DVD-ROM to shorten the overall burning process.
Can you help me in picking one up.
I’m looking for a DVD-ROM that has good copy protection reading capabilities as the 4163B and is quality reliable.
I’ve read some threads and came up with 2 names: Aopen 1648 AAP & Toshiba 1612, 1712. What do you think of these drives? What about the GDR-8163B? Any good?

Thanks for the support.

Pilgrim


#2

Do you want one that can read DVD-RAM also?

Because your LG GSA-4163B can write to that and not a lot DVD-ROM’s can read DVD-RAM.

If you want a DVD-ROM that also can read DVD-RAM I would say: Lite-On 166S (not the 167T) or a Toshiba SD-M1912.


#3

DVD-RAM reading is not mandatory.
Protected discs and quality are the 2 main items I’m looking for.
After this, do you still recommend the Lite-On 166S (hard to find at the moment, only 167T) and the SD-M1912 (better than the 2 I mentioned below?)?

thanks.

Pilgrim


#4

The AOpen doesn’t read DVD-RAM (which the 4163B can read and write). I own the Toshiba 1612 and I love it (after flashing a patched firmware: http://hijacker.rpc1.org/toshiba_nolimit/ which increases the drive’s reading speed). The noise level is ok and the drive is reliable. I know a number of people (including myself) that have been using these drives for some years without any quirks. I can’t say too much about coping with copy-protection, but I remember it received a high rating from the people who made CloneCD at the time I bought it.You will have to buy a second-hand drive, though, as they’re not sold any more. The newer Toshiba drives starting with 1812 are average to crap, the 1912 is certainly better than the 1812.

From what I have heard or read, the AOpen is an excellent drive, too. I have no first-hand experience with it, though. There are many other versions of this drive that
do not have much in common with the AAP version, but you seem to know that.


#5

Both Toshiba 1612 and Lite-On 166S have been the most popular dedicated DVD-ROM drives @CDFreaks. For myself, I would just use any DVD writer as DVD-ROM reader.


#6

Kenshin, If I take your advice and buy another Writer and if I’m looking for a reliable and goog protection reader this would mean I should buy another 4163B (or 4160B), right?

Pilgrim