Greetings to you All,
Thanks to the Admin and Moderators of this wonderful forum for letting me join your community. I do appreciate it. I just recently joined, so for all purposes, I am a newbie. This question/request/post should (according to my newbie knowledge) belong to this Optical Drives Forum (well, I am not sure about that, I am just guessing). But because I consider myself to be a newbie, and if I am not correct in my assumption, I am hoping a kind Moderator would move this post to the right forum. Thanks. I also didnt want to post this in multiple forums, because that would be a violation of cross-posting rules, and thats sure is a strict no-no for a fresher.
I tried searching this forum (before and after registering) and numerous other sites using Google (like http://rpc1.org and http://tdb.rpc1.org/ http://www.dvdplusrw.org/Default.asp and many others), but failed to find a solution to my problem. Maybe I dont possess the skill of effective search. Anyway, here it goes…and hopefully, one of you nice knowledgeable persons can point me in the right direction.
Last month I bought a Memorex External DVD Burner:
Model No. on the bottomside of the burner: Memorex 32023288
Model No. on the main topside of the retail box enclosing the burner: MRX-510LE
How Nero Info Tool recognizes this burner: DVD±RAM 510L v1
Firmware Version: MWS7
Firmware Date (I think): 3/22/06 (from Nero Info Tool)
Ok, so my request is, that I am not looking for hacked region-free firmware for this burner. I am not really interested in region-free, because I primarily live in the States, and hardly had so far the need to watch movies from other regions. My request is, how can I burn DVD+R DL discs as DVD-ROM by turning the BookType of DVD+R DL discs to DVD-ROM, using bitsetting.
So far by researching, I have found out, that Memorex packages other companies’ OEM drives (mostly LiteOn and NEC drives) and slap a Memorex Label on the outer casing of the drives they sell. But how can I find out which companies’ OEM drive it is, they have put inside the Memorex External Burner? LiteOn or NEC’s? Is there a tool on the market which can dig into the firmware data and find it out? I downloaded these tools: DVDInfoPro (trialware version), DISCInfo161, DriveInfo22 to find out if they can figure out which companies’ OEM drive is actually inside that burner, but all DISCInfo161, DriveInfo22 says that this drive is region locked. And DVDInfoPro gives a lot of info, and I am not sure what they are. But none of these tools can find out or recognize the OEM drive inside that burner. I am just wondering, what tool people use to figure out that info. Well, I am looking for that OEM drive info, which is actually inside the burner, because then…if it is a LiteOn, then i can use their LiteOn Bitsetting Booktype Tool … BookType135.exe … to change the BookType of DVD+R DL discs which I burn…to DVD-ROM, when burning. So the burnt DVD+R DL discs can be recognized by my 3 year old Panasonic DVD Player, when playing. Surprisingly, when the DVD+R DL discs are burned without changing the BookType to DVD-ROM (which is the case right now), they get recognized as DVD disc by a cheap $30 DVD Player I bought from Walmart recently, and they play it perfectly…without any hiccups. But my stupid, high end Panasonic DVD Player won’t play those DVD+R DL discs…and that’s the DVD Player with all advanced settings and makes the movie looks perfect on the big-screen. The $30 DVD Player doesn’t have all those advanced settings, even though it plays the burnt DVD+R DL discs perfectly.
By the way, just to clear the air, all these movies, which I am burning/backing-them-up, are all from my personally bought movie collection library. Previously, I backed all of them up to 2 DVD-R discs per movie, using DVDFabPlatinum…but I am irritated by having to constantly change the disc in the middle of the movie. Well, I could buy a multiple disc player, so I could change the discs just by using the DVD Player remote…but I haven’t got a multiple disc DVD player so far. So right now, since the price of DVD+R DL discs have considerably gone down in price, I am again making a true 1:1 backup copy of my movies using DVDFabPlatinum. Its much easier that way. Also, my wife likes it this way too, instead of constantly having to change the disc every time hehe
Another information I’d like to request…that by researching this forum and other forums and other sites, I have to come to know about a thing called RipLock, which drive manufactures put on their drives, so the DVD discs couldn’t be ripped at 16x…but theoritically the DVD videos can be played back at 16x (atleast on a pc I think). So is there a solution out there to defeat this RipLock feature in my Memorex 510L v1 External DVD Burner? So when ripping the movie, the rips are faster…instead of 8x, which info I found out using DVD Decryptor. Well, actually…that’s really not a top priority of mine right now. I am more interested in finding out how to bitset the booktype of DVD+R DL discs to DVD-ROM, when burning…or if I can make a permanent change…so they always get burned as DVD-ROM.
Thanks to all and anybody in advance who can help me out. I’d surely appreciate it.
@Admin and Moderators: If in my very first initial post, if you feel I am asking for too much information, and going overboard…please feel free to delete this post. I understand that you folks have a forum decorum to maintain, and most of you, administer this forum on a voluntary basis…on your free time, and I, including other people in this community, do appreciate that, and also I’d understand if you have to delete this post, if I am not properly following the rules of this forum. Also, feel free to edit this post for verbosity, if required. (lol yeah, I talk too much). Thanks once again for letting me post.