I have a feeling this post is going to be of a considerable length, so be prepared.
I bought a 4163B in april last year. It worked fine, i was very pleased with the drive. One day i tried to copy the contents of 2 DVDs (which i can’t remember if they were written by the same drive). Anyway, it was “trying” hard to copy, it took around an hour and a half if i’m not mistaken. The funny thing is that during the copying procedure it was doing a very loud seek. The laser head moved so many times that the rails and everything else got so hot, i could smell burning…
Thing is, i can’t remember if it was from this day forth that the drive, in my opinion (can’t say 100% sure, as it could have been that i started noticing some things only after closly observing it, as i felt bad for the “torture” it had to endure), that the DVDs i burned with it were droping in quality. No matter if i burn them at 2.4X or 16X, it has a hard time with some DVDs it writes. With data only sometimes, but with .avi for example, it does kinda the same violent seek. The .avi files eventually start, they run slow for a few seconds but they are viewable, at least on this drive.
I wrote some DVDs at a very low speed for someones laptop (an old Samsung drive that is not what you would call a performer) and some clips worked, some didn’t. Neither copying or direct viewing. On the 4163 they worked eventually.
So, because my HDDs were getting full as i postponed backups until i got a new drive, i decided to buy a new one. I read some CD Freaks reviews and took some notes. I needed it fast, so i didn’t order the drive i wanted (a Benq 1655), instead went out to buy one. The shops in my area could bring most of the drives in “a few days”, with the exception of the Asus 1608P3S, which they all had in stock. Anyway, i didn’t exactly want the Asus, but neither an LG, which only one shop had on stock besides the Asus. I couldn’t find anything else, so i bought exactly what i didn’t want to buy : an LG. A H10N. It was on the list to be honest. The only LG on the list.
So, it’s a little different. It’s not as quiet. It revs up the DVDs quite high, but it doesn’t annoy me. I burned a couple of DVDs with data, and they worked great in both drives (i forgot to mention that the 4163 did work just fine with pressed DVDs or with DVDs wirtten by other drives). So i had some TV episodes that needed to be burned… It kinda does the same thing if i try to watch them directly… Some files at least… It’s not nearly as violent and doesn’t take as long as it did on the old drive, but it’s there. Copying works without any problems, and it’s considerably faster than the 4163.
So, all i want to know is if this is normal. I’m using different media, from different manufacturers. DVDs written mostly at 4X. I can’t help feel that i bought another drive and the old 4163B was working, probably just needed some oiled tracks, which i did. To be honest, they work. The H10N works better, and although it does the same thing, it’s less accentuated. I also have my doubts that the 4163 is working the same since that incident i mentioned.
You people must know much more than me, so please, enlighten me. is this “the way of the LG” or am i unlucky? Everybody says LG has solid performers and the bang for the buck, but i am again, dissapointed by them…