Just ordered a ND-3520A burner Now What?

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#1

just ordered it and was wondering what I need to do to it when I install it. I backup a lot of my DVD movies and want to get the most out it the first time! I have been using a I/O magic DD0201 4X for a year now and it works good , It just seems very picky about media brands, and I have been having a harder time finding what it like’s , even with latest firmware update’s. Will I have any problems with the NEC? What media will burn at 16X, will the movies be of GOOD quality at this speed? What firmware version do I want to use ? I use DVD decrypter and clone dvd to make my backups, win xp home SP2,1gig of ram thanks for any info you have to offer!


#2

Hello electricman! :smiley:

First off I would like to say that I am very satisfied with my NEC drive and I couldn’t of made a better choice, there are always ups and downs but NEC drives seem to keep going up with user satisfaction. :wink:

If you are looking to put your NEC ND-3520A to the test then you will most certainly be interested in using a modified firmware on your drive. At the moment there are a few modified firmwares available to the public in this forum made possible by Liggy & Dee. These firmwares have a great advantage over stock firmwares released by either NEC or it’s OEM distributors, some of their advantages are; better write strats, overspeed media with high quality results, BitSetting, RipLock removed, RPC1 enabled, and some upcoming features. If you would like to see a comparison between stock and modified click on the following link,

NEC ND-3520A - Modified vs. stock firmware

This article is a bit old so the results of the firmware are quite different now… For modified ND-3520A firmwares go to the following thread,

Liggy And Dee NEC ND-3520 Modified Firmware

Don’t forget that there are risks involved in using modified firmware on your drive, such as voiding your warranty and if improperly flashed maybe even ruin your drive… I haven’t heard of anyone ruining their drive by flashing with modified firmware so don’t worry about it.

There are several media that will burn well at 16x on the NEC ND-3520A.
My best advise would be to read the threads and see which media perform better at the supported speed.
Here’s a media code list of 16x supported media:

[B]DVD-R[/B]
53 4f 4e 59 30 38 44 31 00 00 00 00 52 01 00 -> [SONY08D1    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
53 4f 4e 59 30 38 44 32 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [SONY08D2    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
53 4f 4e 59 30 38 44 33 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [SONY08D3    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
53 4f 4e 59 30 38 44 34 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [SONY08D4    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
53 4f 4e 59 30 38 44 35 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [SONY08D5    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 58 4c 20 52 47 30 33 00 00 00 00 52 01 00 -> [MXL RG03    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 54 48 30 31 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 52 01 00 -> [TTH01       ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 42 49 20 30 33 52 47 34 30 00 00 52 01 00 -> [MBI 03RG40  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
53 4f 4e 59 31 36 44 31 00 00 00 00 52 01 00 -> [SONY16D1    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 43 43 20 30 33 52 47 32 30 20 20 52 01 00 -> [MCC 03RG20  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 43 43 20 30 34 52 47 32 30 20 20 52 00 00 -> [MCC 04RG20  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 43 43 20 30 35 52 47 32 30 20 20 52 00 00 -> [MCC 05RG20  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 43 43 20 30 36 52 47 32 30 20 20 52 00 00 -> [MCC 06RG20  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
46 55 4a 49 46 49 4c 4d 30 34 00 00 52 01 00 -> [FUJIFILM04  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
46 55 4a 49 46 49 4c 4d 30 35 00 00 52 00 00 -> [FUJIFILM05  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
46 55 4a 49 46 49 4c 4d 30 36 00 00 52 00 00 -> [FUJIFILM06  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
46 55 4a 49 46 49 4c 4d 30 37 00 00 52 00 00 -> [FUJIFILM07  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4f 50 54 4f 44 49 53 43 52 30 31 36 52 01 00 -> [OPTODISCR016] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 54 48 30 32 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 52 01 00 -> [TTH02       ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 54 48 30 33 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [TTH03       ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 54 48 30 34 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [TTH04       ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 54 48 30 35 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [TTH05       ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 54 48 30 36 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [TTH06       ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 58 4c 20 52 47 30 34 00 00 00 00 52 01 00 -> [MXL RG04    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 58 4c 20 52 47 30 35 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [MXL RG05    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 58 4c 20 52 47 30 36 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [MXL RG06    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 58 4c 20 52 47 30 37 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [MXL RG07    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
42 65 41 6c 6c 20 47 31 36 30 30 31 52 01 00 -> [BeAll G16001] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 59 47 30 33 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 52 01 00 -> [TYG03       ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 59 47 30 34 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [TYG04       ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 59 47 30 35 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [TYG05       ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 59 47 30 36 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [TYG06       ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
50 72 6f 64 69 73 63 46 30 32 00 00 52 01 00 -> [ProdiscF02  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
50 72 6f 64 69 73 63 46 30 33 00 00 52 00 00 -> [ProdiscF03  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
50 72 6f 64 69 73 63 46 30 34 00 00 52 00 00 -> [ProdiscF04  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
50 72 6f 64 69 73 63 46 30 35 00 00 52 00 00 -> [ProdiscF05  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
43 4d 43 20 4d 41 47 2e 20 41 4d 33 52 01 00 -> [CMC MAG. AM3] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
43 4d 43 20 4d 41 47 2e 20 41 4d 34 52 00 00 -> [CMC MAG. AM4] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
43 4d 43 20 4d 41 47 2e 20 41 4d 35 52 00 00 -> [CMC MAG. AM5] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
43 4d 43 20 4d 41 47 2e 20 41 4d 31 52 00 00 -> [CMC MAG. AM1] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
43 4d 43 20 4d 41 47 2e 20 41 4d 32 52 00 00 -> [CMC MAG. AM2] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
49 53 53 4d 20 20 20 20 52 30 32 20 52 01 00 -> [ISSM    R02 ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 55 53 54 20 30 30 37 00 00 00 00 52 01 00 -> [MUST 007    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 55 53 54 20 30 30 38 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [MUST 008    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 55 53 54 20 30 30 39 00 00 00 00 52 00 00 -> [MUST 009    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
44 41 58 4f 4e 30 31 36 00 00 00 00 52 01 00 -> [DAXON016    ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 42 49 20 30 31 52 47 34 30 20 20 52 01 00 -> [MBI 01RG40  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
50 72 6f 64 69 73 63 53 30 35 20 20 52 01 00 -> [ProdiscS05  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
50 72 6f 64 69 73 63 53 30 36 20 20 52 00 00 -> [ProdiscS06  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
50 72 6f 64 69 73 63 53 30 37 20 20 52 00 00 -> [ProdiscS07  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
50 72 6f 64 69 73 63 53 30 38 20 20 52 00 00 -> [ProdiscS08  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
50 72 6f 64 69 73 63 53 30 39 20 20 52 00 00 -> [ProdiscS09  ] 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0

[B]DVD+R[/B]
59 55 44 45 4e 30 30 30 54 30 33 00 01 -> [YUDEN000T03  ] 2.4 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
59 55 44 45 4e 30 30 30 54 30 32 00 01 -> [YUDEN000T02  ] 2.4 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
59 55 44 45 4e 30 30 30 54 30 32 01 01 -> [YUDEN000T02  ] 2.4 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 44 4b 00 00 00 00 00 30 30 32 00 01 -> [TDK     002  ] 2.4 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 44 4b 00 00 00 00 00 30 30 32 01 01 -> [TDK     002  ] 2.4 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 43 43 00 00 00 00 00 30 30 34 00 01 -> [MCC     004  ] 2.4 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
52 49 43 4f 48 4a 50 4e 52 30 33 04 01 -> [RICOHJPNR03  ] 2.4 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 41 58 45 4c 4c 00 00 30 30 33 00 01 -> [MAXELL  003  ] 2.4 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
43 4d 43 20 4d 41 47 00 4d 30 31 00 01 -> [CMC MAG M01  ] 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
50 52 4f 44 49 53 43 00 52 30 34 04 01 -> [PRODISC R04  ] 2.4 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
52 49 54 45 4b 00 00 00 52 30 34 01 01 -> [RITEK   R04  ] 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
53 4f 4e 59 00 00 00 00 44 32 31 00 01 -> [SONY    D21  ] 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
53 4f 4e 59 00 00 00 00 44 31 31 00 01 -> [SONY    D11  ] 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
50 48 49 4c 49 50 53 00 43 31 36 00 01 -> [PHILIPS C16  ] 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
54 44 4b 00 00 00 00 00 30 30 33 00 01 -> [TDK     003  ] 2.4 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4d 42 49 50 47 31 30 31 52 30 35 00 01 -> [MBIPG101R05  ] 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
49 4e 46 4f 4d 45 00 00 52 33 30 00 01 -> [INFOME  R30  ] 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4f 50 54 4f 44 49 53 43 46 31 36 00 01 -> [OPTODISCF16  ] 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
4f 50 54 4f 44 49 53 43 52 31 36 00 01 -> [OPTODISCR16  ] 4.0 6.0 8.0 12.0 16.0

Thank you Liggy & Dee for your dedicated work and time. :smiley:

Regards,
XND1n01h


#3

Wow XND1n01h, I wish I would always get someone like you to answer my questions… That was ALOT of info and a great help to me also because my drive arrives tomorrow… MUCH MUCH better than the standard “RTFM” from most people…

Thanks alot for helping us.


#4

If you want quality burns that will last a long time, stick to 4X or 8X speed.


#5

I recommend sticking with good quality 8x media for excellent quality 8x-12x burns - like Fuji’s 8x DVD+R (TY02) or 8x DVD-R, on sale at Best Buy this week - 50pack for $20, a great value at decent speed. For reliable 16x burns you need more expensive high quality media like Vertabim 16x DVD+R, but I feel that for just a minor speedup you pay a lot more. I’ve tested the NEC 3520A with el-cheap 4x DVD+R from Fry’s (GQ - 25pack for $7-$5 rebate) and the NEC does quality burns with it at 4x, probably could go 6x or even 8x, but I stick with rated speed. So the NEC can handle super-cheap media if you need to save money and burn a little slower or get a lot of good media when its on sale and burn at good speeds with excellent quality!


#6

well , I know where to start now with firmware and media, all of you , thanks for the quick post , I cant wait to get this, should be here wed or thur. thanks