HP dvd writer 640b

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#1

Anyone have any information on this drive?

Is it an OEM version of a LiteOn drive? or a BenQ/Philips drive?

All I know about it is that its a 16x drive, capable of DVD+R, DVD-R, and DVD+R DL. It comes bundled in the new HP Pavilion a820n machines.

Any information would be great. Thanks!


#2

Check in Device Manager.


#3

HP?
Then it’s maybe an OEM version, maybe with cippled features.

Sounds silly, but has happened before…


#4

Uh, yeah, thanks.

It lists HP DVD Writer 640b.


#5

Yeah, I know. I just can’t tell what drive its an OEM of.


#6

If you have a digital camera please take a photo of the front of the drive.


#7

What’s printed on the drive sticker/label on it’s top?


#8

I’ll try to take a pic of it this week sometime.

I should have mentioned that the other thing I know about it is that its features LightScribe support.


#9

I haven’t looked inside. Its not my computer and HP doesn’t make it that easy to take a look at the top of the drive.

I was hoping someone already had the scoop on the drive before I tried other measures to find out what it was. :slight_smile:


#10

If you run Nero CD/DVD Speed found at http://www.cdspeed2000.com what does it list as the firmware installed - should be in the drop-down box there beside the name. Just need to know the firmware revision number. :wink:


#11

Not sure about the HP DVD640b, but the HP 640i is a Lite-on and has “lightscribe” for burning lables on the tops!
check here :

http://www.shopping.hp.com/cgi-bin/hpdirect/shopping/scripts/home/store_access.jsp?product_code=Q6766A%23ABA&aoid=12655&template_type=product_detail&script_name=product.cgi

#12

How do you know it’s a Lite-On? Not only by the picture at HP.com I hope because: http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?p=872450#post872450


#13

It’s a LG OEM. Saw the sample drive before. To confirm pls see if it can write to DVD-RAM.


#14

The firmware revision is E152 according to NeroInfoTool. Date listed is 04-11-17.

And the front of the drive tray looks exactly like the one here:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showpost.php?p=862768&postcount=1

(Except that it doesn’t say 640i on the front, just 640.)


#15

The HP dvd writer 640b that I have in the HP machine is not able to write DVD-RAM according to NeroInfoTool (nor is it able to read it).


#16

Other possibly relevant information from NeroInfoTool:

Read speed is listed as 24x.
Write speed is listed as 40x.
C2 Errors check box is NOT checked.

Doesn’t really sound like a Lite-On does it?


#17

Well if it looks like that with the emergency eject hole on the left side it’s a Lite-On. LG DVD writers have the emergency eject hole slightly to the right like this and BenQ writers have it in the middle.


#18

I’d say it’s a Lite-On of some variety myself by the looks of that pic. You could possibly ask about this drive on the Lite-On forum. Omnipatcher could possibly work on it to flash it to a regular Lite-on drive but I’d ask first and see if one the Codeguys can give you anymore information regarding this drive. Sorry about my original post, I should learn not to post when half asleep! I should’ve known in advance that the Firmware revision wouldn’t really be very useful at all sigh - I am normally more careful than posting a stupid and very pointless question.

I though the Lite-On DVD-Burners had the 40x specs, not sure on this though… uhm, looking on newegg…

Might not be a Lite-On! :frowning: I wish I had more information for you:

From the 1633S:
Write Speed: DVD+R DL 2.4X, DVD+R 16X, DVD-R 8X, DVD+RW 4X, DVD-RW 4X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 24X
Read Speed: 48X CD-ROM, 16X DVD-ROM

So the CD-R write speed is off unfortunately although the RW speed is correct. :frowning:


#19

I think Lite-On makes all their internal drives and BenQ will be making all the External drives


#20

No there is an internal 640c = BenQ see here. In fact I’m not sure Lite-On got a contract for making any of the 640 drives if the 640b version indeed is a LG drive.