well, got the new OEM pioneer bdr-203bk drive from newegg overnight shipping, got it hooked up via SATA to intel ich10r controller on a gigabyte ep-p45-ud3r motherboard using winxp sp 3..
ripped my first blu ray average 20 minutes for full 25gb pressed commercial disc(the file space total on it was 22gb) im guessing it got up to 8x speed and beyond anydvdhd newest beta version reported a read speed max of 19.54mbps which comparing that number to a 16x burn on a dvd write its almost 16x speed. my samsung s-203n with riplock removed can rip dual layer in 12-14 minutes so ripping a blu ray in 20 mins i assume is good!!!
now on to the issue that bugs me, the drive is working and did record a 2x bluray bd-r 25gb in 41 mins and 44 seconds. the specs everywhere on the net and the instructions that come with it state dvd-rom pressed dual layer read at 12x speed and dvd-r dual layer and dvd+r dual layer at 12x speed accept for burns at 8x speed..
I tried a couple of pressed dvd-rom commercial movies using anydvd newest, dvdfab newest and nero cd speed 18.104.22.168 and i cant get higher than 8x read speed on commercial dvd-rom dual layer discs.. so then i tried my own backup dvd-r dl and it wouldnt read higher than 8x.. So im guessing this drive is riplocked for dual layer reads from dvd-rom and dvd-r and dvd+r dl.. which kinda pisses me off since i payed 249 buxs for this thing.
funny thing is a pressed dvd-rom commercial of a single layer dvd read at 16x which is stated in specs and dvd -r at 16x. so why would they just riplock the dual layer functions?
any ideas anyone? came with firmware version 1.05 and there isnt any new firmwares out yet since its such a new drive.. how do i get ahold of pioneer japan?
blu ray ripping is fast cant beleive that... anyone have any links to a full or partial review from other people or sites of the bdr-203bk? I want to compare
could my drive be bad? i mean everything is reading and writing fine just speeds for dual layer are not at spec. other than that reads blu ray nicely, plays them nicely... now if i can only figure out how to make a blu ray burn compatible not only with my samsung bd-p1500 drive but also at same time compatible with powerdvd8 and other players, to get it to work with the samsung home entertainment players you have to erase the AUXDATA folder in blue ray directory tree for it to play on samsung. when you do this powerdvd 8 wont play it nor I guess ps3's and other players although when the AUXDATA folder is present on pressed commercial blu ray disc samsung plays it fine but the standard in the firmware does not want the AUXDATA folder present on dvd-r blu ray format dvd+r, and bd-r and so forth..
anyhow thats my pre mini review so far. still playin with it..