[QUOTE=vienna01;2641336]Just joined the thread - today.
Reading the threads today, two big question marks showed for me. [U]Speedlocking [/U]and possible [U]Lack of support[/U] for this model of burner.[INDENT]Is the LG WH14NS40 burner Speedlocked? Does that mean it won’t record at the advertised speeds nor read at the advertised speeds [while ripping]? I plan to use this burner for Blu Ray media only. Are DVDs and Blu Ray media both impacted?[/QUOTE]
Welcome to the forum
Previous LG blu-ray drives have been riplocked. This refers to a feature in the firmware that slows down the reading(ripping) of commercial Blu-ray and DVDs. This is only a concern for those who might use the drive to rip commercial(movie) discs to their hard-drive. It has nothing to do with writing. My LG BD drives have been very good writers, so far the B(W)H14 drive looks very encouraging in that respect. I was curious about riplock on this new LG, and our member jadburner was kind enough to post the reading speeds of the BH14 here .
It appears that riplock is not a concern with this new drive.
Some drive makers rush a product out to market before the firmware is solid. They release frequent updates to fix their mistakes, often too late to save you from some bad burns. Recently LG drives have shipped with rather solid firmware from the start. Few updates have been required. I respect that in a manufacturer. I haven’t had trouble with any of my media on them, no need for updates from what I have seen.
Since you will not be able to perform quality scans of your BD-R burns(at least not yet), you should probably keep an eye on that BH14NS40 thread to get a sense of your best choices in media and burn speeds for the drive.
You should have plenty of time to kick that Hackintosh around if you choose to keep the LG .