I am a first time poster who has searched the board high and low and could not find any reference to these two questions. After much reading, I decided to add a DW1640 to my burner collection. From a previous thread, I saw that CompUSA’s store brand dual layer burner is a BenQ DW1640 so I bought one and sure enough, when I got it out of the box it was indeed the real McCoy of a vanishing species. I installed it as the slave on the second IDE channel which has a Lite-On SHM-165H6S as the master. I decided to take it for a spin around the block and did a test burn of a single layer Verbatim DVD at 16X. Yes, I have read that the DW1640 burns best at 12X but I just wanted to let it rip. It completed in about 5 and one-half minutes and the disk was scanned in Nero CD-DVD Speed using the Lite-On to compare it against previous burns that I had made. Scan quality was a little worse than the Lite-On burns but still a reasonably good burn. All in all, not bad for the first piece of work and nothing tweaked.
My first question: When I tried to scan in Nero CD-DVD using the BenQ, it never got above 0.5X on the read speed. Does anyone know what is happening with this?
The second question: Nero InfoTool returns the firmware as GSLB. I could not find a reference to this firmware on the forum and it certainly does not match any of the firmware on BenQ’s support site for the 1640. Does anyone know what this is?