Got a problem. I need to purchase media. My first choice appeared to be the 8x Verbatim DVD-R’s. These were not easy to find. But there is always the 16x Verbatim DVD-R’s ? Right ? Wrong ! The 16x media won’t burn at 4x, and that’s bad news for an external burner.
When I wasn’t sure what media to buy, I decided to burn three dvd’s of different brands (same files, 4.3gb) and make a comparison DQ scan for each with Nero CD-DVD Speed v4.11. The brands used were Hewlett Packard 16x (CMC MAG. AM3), Office Depot 16x (RITEKF1), and Verbatim 8x (MCC 02RG20) … In the end, only the Verbatim 8x produced a scan that was acceptable. Something similiar to better scans in the forum.
Side Note: When scanning with an LTD-163 drive, I noticed that different firmware produced different scans, and it looked like these drives need to be re-flashed occasionally, but that’s another question.
What I have here, is an external USB 2.0 Lite-On 1673SX burner connected to a USB2 card (NEC chip) in a PC running retail win98 at 600 Mhz with 256mb RAM. Both the HP and OD 16x speed DVD-R’s burn in Nero 18.104.22.168 at 6x speed externally, which is almost the limit for my PC’s hardware. On the other hand, the 8x Verbatim DVD-R brings up a 4x burn speed in Nero, and this makes a world of difference … The slower the speed, the better the burn, I think, externally speaking. But I haven’t any DVD media that will burn at 2x, so I’m only making an assumption.
Does any of the new 16x media burn any slower than 6x when placed in a Lite-On external drive ? The scans were not very good. :a
When burning a DVD with a 600 Mhz cpu & external burner, the small buffer level indicator in Nero kicks up and down, 8% to 98% at 6x, 15% to 98% at 4x … A 6x speed appears to be the limit (poor scans), but this could have been the media. I didn’t have any 16x Verbatim DVD-R’s to compare. So how do you get slower burning speeds with the new faster media ? I don’t have a clue.
The following “OmniPatcher DVD Media Code Report” shows speeds that are available with various DVD media. To shorten my post, the other media codes & entries were removed, leaving only the three entries that apply.
OmniPatcher DVD Media Code Report
OmniPatcher version: 2.4.2
Firmware file name: 1673S.JS0D.stock.exe
Drive type : SOHW-1673S
Vendor ID string : LITE-ON
Product ID string : DVDRW SOHW-1673S
Standard firmware rev. : JS0D
Internal firmware rev. : JS0D
Firmware timestamp : 2005/08/22 16:41
DVD Media Support Summary
Total media codes : 331
DVD+R media codes : 114
DVD+RW media codes : 33
DVD+R9 media codes : 12
DVD-R media codes : 135
DVD-RW media codes : 35
DVD-R9 media codes : 2
DVD-R Media Codes (135)
CMC MAG. AM3 -00 [ 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
RITEKF1 -00 [ 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
MCC 02RG20 -52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
My burner is actually a 1673SX.JS0B, but the information is basically the same as given in the OmniPatcher DVD Media Code Report listed.
If the firmware exists (or becomes available), can this Lite-On external burner be removed from its case, mounted in a PC, and flashed differently so that 16x media can burn at 2x or 4x speed externally ?
Can 16x Verbatim media burn at 4x, or is the “OmniPatcher DVD Media Code Report” correct ?
Is older media the only way to burn externally at 2x and 4x speeds ?
Will a faster CPU help ? … I can’t go much faster.
I like my PC … Which way do I turn ?
Thank you in advance for any suggestions.