Just got my DW1650! Some questions



Bought the DW1650 at last after numerous recommendations in this forum. This is my first DVD re-writer and I have a few dumb questions:

  1. I also have an old Liteon 32x CD-RW on the same IDE channel as the BenQ, shall I run the BenQ as MASTER or SLAVE?

  2. Are there firmwares that unlocks my drive to region-free? Or is it unlocked by default? How do I check?

  3. Other than Taiyo Yuden, which media works best for BenQ burn quality-wise? I don’t mind burning at low speed to achieve the best quality, as I need to archieve the digital images from my DSLR. I can’t get TY in Hong Kong, even if they’re available, they charge super-high prices. I may ask my relatives in Canada or the UK to bring me some TY’s but that means I’ll have to wait for a bit of time.

Thank you in advance. :slight_smile:

  1. Master

  2. http://tdb.rpc1.org/#DW1650

  3. Media Code Speed Edit V

Firmware: BENQ DVD DD DW1650 BCDC

Overall supported media types: 269

DVD+R9 supported media types: 20
DVD+R supported media types: 105
DVD+RW supported media types: 14
DVD-R9 supported media types: 4
DVD-R supported media types: 87
DVD-RW supported media types: 39

DVD+R9 supported media types: 20

CMC MAG D01-000 2.4x
CMC MAG D02-000 8x,6x,4x,2.4x
CMC MAG D04-000 8x,6x,4x,2.4x
FUJIFILM FR1-000 8x,6x,4x,2.4x
INFOME D01-000 2.4x
KIC00000 D20-000 2.4x
MKM 001-000 2.4x
MKM 001-000 8x,6x,4x,2.4x
MKM 003-000 2.4x
MKM 003-000 8x,6x,4x,2.4x
PHILIPS CD2-000 2.4x
PHILIPS PD2-000 2.4x
PRODISC D01-000 2.4x
RICOHJPN D00-001 2.4x
RICOHJPN D01-002 8x,6x,4x,2.4x
RITEK D01-001 2.4x
RITEK D03-001 8x,6x,4x,2.4x
RITEK S04-001 8x,6x,4x,2.4x
RITEK X01-001 2.4x
RITEK X08-001 8x,6x,4x,2.4x

DVD+R supported media types: 105

AML 002-000 8x,4x
AML 003-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
BeAll000 P40-000 4x,2.4x
BeAll000 P80-000 8x,4x
BeAll000 PG0-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
CMC MAG E01-000 4x,2.4x
CMC MAG E01-000 8x,4x
CMC MAG F01-000 4x,2.4x
CMC MAG M01-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
DAXON AZ2-000 8x,4x
DAXON AZ3-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
DAXON CY3-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
DDDessau V30-000 8x,4x
DIGVAL R01-000 12x,8x,4x
DT-D03 004-000 8x,4x
Dvsn+160 001-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
EMDP 000-000 8x,4x
EMDPAZ01 000-000 12x,8x,4x
FTI 016-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
GSC502 002-000 4x,2.4x
GSC503 H01-000 8x,4x
GSC503 H01-000 8x,4x
GSC503 H02-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
IMC JPN R01-000 8x,4x
INFODISC R20-000 8x,4x
INFOME R20-000 8x,4x
INFOME R30-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
IS01 002-000 8x,4x
ISSM 001-000 8x,4x
ISSM 003-000 12x,8x,4x
KIC00000 S80-000 8x,4x
LD M04-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
LD S03-000 8x,4x
LD S04-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
LGEP16 001-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
LONGTEN 002-000 8x,4x
MAM M02-000 8x,4x
MAM M04-000 12x,8x,4x
MAXELL 001-000 4x,2.4x
MAXELL 002-000 8x,4x
MAXELL 003-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
MBIPG101 R03-000 4x,2.4x
MBIPG101 R04-001 8x,4x
MBIPG101 R05-001 16x,12x,8x,4x
MCC 002-000 4x,2.4x
MCC 003-000 8x,4x
MCC 004-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
MJC 003-000 8x,4x
MJC 005-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
MPOMEDIA 080-000 8x,4x
MUST 002-000 8x,4x
MUST 006-002 16x,12x,8x,4x
NAN YA FLX-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
NANYA ALX-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
NANYA CHX-000 8x,4x
NANYA CLX-000 8x,4x
NSD R40-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
OPTODISC F16-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
OPTODISC OR8-000 8x,4x
OPTODISC R16-000 12x,8x,4x
PHILIPS C08-000 4x,2.4x
PHILIPS C08-000 8x,4x
PHILIPS C16-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
PHILIPS C16-001 16x,12x,8x,4x
POS R01-000 4x,2.4x
POS R01-000 8x,4x
POS R05-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
PRODISC R03-003 8x,4x
PRODISC R04-004 16x,12x,8x,4x
PRODISC R05-001 16x,12x,8x,4x
Philips 081-000 8x,4x
Plasmon1 C01-000 8x,4x
Plasmon2 C01-000 12x,8x,4x
RICOHJPN R01-002 4x,2.4x
RICOHJPN R02-003 8x,4x
RICOHJPN R03-004 16x,12x,8x,4x
RITEK F16-001 16x,12x,8x,4x
RITEK M02-001 4x,2.4x
RITEK P16-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
RITEK R02-001 4x,2.4x
RITEK R03-001 8x,4x
RITEK R03-002 8x,4x
RITEK R04-001 16x,12x,8x,4x
RITEK R05-001 16x,12x,8x,4x
SAST A01-000 12x,8x,4x
SKC P16-000 12x,8x,4x
SKC P80-000 8x,4x
SKYMEDIA R03-000 8x,4x
SONY D11-000 8x,4x
SONY D21-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
TDK 002-000 8x,4x
TDK 003-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
ULTRAN 202-000 8x,4x
ULTRAN 212-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
VANGUARD 001-000 8x,4x
VDSPMSAB 002-001 8x,4x
VDSPMSAB 004-001 16x,12x,8x,4x
VIVA 002-000 8x,4x
WFKA11 211-000 8x,4x
WFKA11 321-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
WINGSHIN 001-049 8x,4x
YUDEN000 T01-001 4x,2.4x
YUDEN000 T02-000 8x,4x
YUDEN000 T03-000 16x,12x,8x,4x
Yi Jhan 004-000 16x,12x,8x,4x

DVD+RW supported media types: 14

CMC MAG W01-000 2.4x
CMC MAG W03-000 8x,6x
INFODISC A01-002 2.4x
MBIPG101 W03-000 2.4x
MCC A01-000 2.4x
MKM A03-000 8x,6x
PHILIPS 010-001 2.4x
PHILIPS RW8-000 8x,6x
PRODISC W01-002 2.4x
RICOHJPN W21-001 8x,6x
RITEK 001-001 2.4x
RITEK 004-048 4x,2.4x
RITEK 008-000 8x,6x
SONY S21-000 8x,6x

DVD-R9 supported media types: 4

CMC MAG. AD4 4x,2x
MKM 01RD30 4x,2x
ProdiscDR24 4x,2x
RITEKP01 4x,2x

DVD-R supported media types: 87

0000-TPC16A1 16x,12x,8x,4x
BeAll G16001 16x,12x,8x,4x
BeAll G80001 8x,4x
CMC MAG. AE1 8x,4x
CMC MAG. AM3 16x,12x,8x,4x
DAXON008S 8x,4x
DAXON016 16x,12x,8x,4x
DAXON016S 16x,12x,8x,4x
DDTRG003 8x,4x
DKMZ01 8x,4x
Dvsn-80 8x,4x
FTI RG16 16x,12x,8x,4x
FUJIFILM03 8x,4x
FUJIFILM04 16x,12x,8x,4x
GSC003 8x,4x
GSC004 8x,4x
GSC005 16x,12x,8x,4x
IMC JPN R01 8x,4x
INFODISC-R20 8x,4x
INFOMEDIAR30 16x,12x,8x,4x
INFOSMART03. 16x,12x,8x,4x
ISSM R02 16x,12x,8x,4x
ISSM R01 8x,4x
KDTVVV 8x,4x
KIC01RG160 16x,12x,8x,4x
LEADDATA S03 8x,4x
LEADDATA S04 16x,12x,8x,4x
LGE08 8x,4x
LGE16 16x,12x,8x,4x
LONGTEN 003 8x,4x
MAM8XG01 8x,4x
MAMSXG01 8x,4x
MBI 01RG40 16x,12x,8x,4x
MBI 01RG40 16x,12x,8x,4x
MBI 03RG30 8x,4x
MBI 03RG40 16x,12x,8x,4x
MBI03RG30 8x,4x
MCC 02RG20 8x,4x
MCC 03RG20 16x,12x,8x,4x
MJC M005 16x,12x,8x,4x
MJC ME 8x,4x
MUST 003 8x,4x
MUST 007 16x,12x,8x,4x
MXL RG03 8x,4x
MXL RG04 16x,12x,8x,4x
NAN YA A01 8x,4x
NAN YA F02 16x,12x,8x,4x
NSDR40 16x,12x,8x,4x
OPTODISCR008 8x,4x
OPTODISCR016 16x,12x,8x,4x
POMS3A 8x,4x
POMSI002 8x,4x
POSG06 8x,4x
POSG08 16x,12x,8x,4x
PRINCO8X02 8x,4x
PRINCORGM1 16x,12x,8x,4x
Plasmon1A 8x,4x
Plasmon2A 12x,8x,4x
ProdiscF01 8x,4x
ProdiscF02 16x,12x,8x,4x
ProdiscS04 8x,4x
ProdiscS05 16x,12x,8x,4x
RITEKF1 16x,12x,8x,4x
RITEKG05 8x,4x
RITEKG06 8x,4x
RITEKM16 16x,12x,8x,4x
SAST100 8x,4x
SKC M801 8x,4x
SONY08D1 8x,4x
SONY16D1 16x,12x,8x,4x
TAROKO-MX8 8x,4x
TCLDS01 8x,4x
TMI003 16x,12x,8x,4x
TTG02 8x,4x
TTH01 8x,4x
TTH02 16x,12x,8x,4x
TYG02 8x,4x
TYG03 16x,12x,8x,4x
ULTRAN102 8x,4x
UME01 8x,4x
UME02 16x,12x,8x,4x
VANGUARD01 8x,4x
VDSPMSAB 04 16x,12x,8x,4x
WFI A80001 8x,4x
Yi Jhan 003 8x,4x

DVD-RW supported media types: 39

CMCW02 2x
CMCW03 4x,2x
CMCW04 4x
CMCW04 6x
JVC/VictorT7 1x
JVC0VictorD7 4x,2x
JVC1Victord7 4x
JVC1Victord7 6x
JVC_VictorW7 2x
MBI01RWG 20 4x,2x
MCC 00RW11N9 1x
MCC 01RW11n9 2x
MCC 01RW4X 4x,2x
MKM 01RW6X01 4x
MKM 01RW6X01 6x
OPTODISCW004 4x,2x
PRINCORW0004 4x,2x
Prodisc DW04 2x
Prodisc DW06 4x,2x
ProdiscDVDRW 1x
RITEK000V11A 1x
RITEKW04 4x,2x
SONY000000U9 1x
TDK502sakuM3 2x
TDK601saku 4x,2x
TDK701saku 4x
TDK701saku 6x


For media except TY, i’d use also Verbatim, Ricoh or Maxell.


For media except TY, i’d use also Verbatim, Ricoh or Maxell.
I don’t get any of that in India where I reside. I use Sony or Moser Baer 8x media and have got consistently good burns on my 1650 (both + and - media, the + giving slightly better burns). Great burner. No regrets at all!



Reccomend TY or Verbatim media.

Burning at slow speeds will generally get you a poor burn or a coaster. Verbatim 16x media burn great at 12x, most other media burns best at rated speed (TY can also burn great over its rated speed).


Hello Ian,

I may get shot down in flames for this but…

I seem to remember various posts discussing the relative merits of DVD vs CD for archiving important data. If I remember correctly there was some research that suggested that CD-R was better for archival storage than any DVD format given the “over engineered” error correction that is part of the CD-R format. I am not sure that this is true but the 2 professional photographers that I know always archive their images by making 4 copies, 2 to Verbatim Datalife+ AZO and 2 to Taiyo Yuden 700MB CD-Rs. They use 2 different media types just in case one proves less stable in the long term and keep them in separate physical locations. (Home and Office) thus providing some protection from theft/fire/flood etc. This may sound a little paranoid but is practical and offers a good degree of protection from various risks.




Hi Guys,
I’ve also recently purchased a BenQ DW1650 DVD Writer.Please tell me which is the best firmware available for this drive for obtaining good burns on cheap unbranded media(using cheap media is my requirement, can’t do much about it).

The firmware BCDCRPC1 mentioned in this thread above, is it the best one or is there something better available ???

Thanx in advance


BCDC is the newest thus the best firmware. the RPC1 version is just enabled to play dvds from all regions and doesn’t affect write quality. solidburn can increase the write quality for cheap media, you have to try which settings are best for your discs.


How much better is this drive over a 1640?, mine has been working excellent for almost a year, except the kids spilled something sticky on the front bezel, grrrrr and i had tray opening problems, all cleaned up and working great again!