New burner for slow machine & burning speed

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#1

My old Pioneer DVR-106D is constantly getting power calibration errors and can’t even read its own discs anymore.

So I need a new one, BUT I do have a very old computer and don’t have any plans to replace it (new system is gonna be a notebook).

Thus I need to make sure the quality is good at low burning speeds. I probably won’t go any further than 8x to avoid interrupts in the constant data flow towards the burner.

My criteria are quite simple:

  • Burn quality needs to be good especially at lower burning speeds (4-8x DVD, 16-24x CD)
  • Needs to be a reliable burner with especially Philips and Platinum CD/DVD+R media
  • Bitsetting
  • LightScribe
  • Not too expensive (Plextor is not an option)

Current media I use:

  • Platinum (CMC Magnetics) 4.7GB 16x DVD+R; Media code: CMC MAG M01
  • Platinum 52x 700MB CD-R
  • Samsung PLEOMAX 52x 700MB CD-R; ProDisc 97m32s19f

What drive do you recommend? Currently I have the LH-18A1H in mind.


#2

LH-18A1H would be a very good choice :smiley:


#3

You should specify what a “very old computer” means. Myself i’m using a 1 GHz Celeron with 384 MB RAM and a Samsung SH-S182D drive without problems. 12x burning with this configuration is a little overkill, but most media burn well at 8x.

I think that LiteOn would be a safe bet…


#4

I’ve recently got a Samsung SH-182M which seems to be doing quite well so far.


#5

Samsung SH-182D doesn’t have bitsetting, so I guess SH-182M doesn’t either?

Sorry, I thought I had the system specs in my sig, but turns out I haven’t got that on this forum :stuck_out_tongue:

AMD Athlon 1,2GHz
512MB Ram PC133
Asus A7V133
HighPoint Rocket133 (HPT302) PCI ATA133 Controller with 160GB WDC WD1600JB + 80GB Maxtor D080H4
Sapphire Radeon 9600XT
Creative SB Audigy 1394
Pioneer 106D DVD-writer
Plextor 12/10/32A CD-RW
Iiyama ProLite E481S


#6

Your system is not so bad at all, i think you can safely pick any P-ATA DVD burner without being limited by your system specs.

The SH-S182D DOES support bitsetting (except in Nero CD-DVD Speed, dunno why), so the S182M should also support it. But i think getting a LiteOn is a better choice…


#7

You can probably get 12x burns, 8x for certain, with any burner. The Pioneer 111D is a good choice, Liteon 165P6S/160P6S, LG H42N, Samsung 182D, etc.


#8

He wants Lightscribe, so the Pio is out.


#9

The CDRInfo review of the Samsung 182D (and thus 182M, I think) wasn’t that good, furthermore I read it was quite loud. The Pioneer isn’t able to make scans? Lite-On 165P6S/160P6S isn’t available over here anymore. With LG, I don’t understand a thing of the numbers/letters (there’s even a GSA-H42LRBB and a GSA-H12NRBBB, how much B’s do you want?), so it’s quite difficult to make a choice out of all of those drives (got to have a white one, which also narrows down the choice).

I see a lot about the LH-18A1H, but especially about the LH-18A1P. What’s the difference? LightScribe only?


#10

The Samsung 182M does bitset OK. It’s not that loud, quieter than my Pio 111 for example , can scan reasonably well, supports Lightscribe and burns my quality media just as well as my other burners.

I believe the Liteons can be a bit flaky on the quality side. I recently bought a LH20 that I had to return after a weeks light use as I started to get total burn failure & lock up.


#11

Could you please explain that? I have a light preference for the Lite-On, and especially when looking at the CDRInfo quality results for CD-R media with the Samsung 182D, I don’t think it’s that good of an option for me, since I regularly burn CD-R’s…


#12

I believe TimC is referring to reported physical quality and dependability that has been reported as lacking.


#13

Philips and Platinum mean mostly RITEK, CMC, some MBI, INFOME and DAXON. Actually most current drives give good results with those.

If you don’t mind a non-scanning drive, you can turn to LG’s H22L or its successors. :slight_smile:


#14

That’s exactly right. Perhaps I should have been clearer about that.

Burn quality of these drives is very good but the odd batch of burners seem to have some build quality issues.


#15

Ehm, what can I expect then? Or what should I especially watch out for?


#16

Modest kick: I ordered it, but if I find it too risky, I can still cancel the order tomorrow (or today, as in March 6th).


#17

The drive vibrates/resonates heavily. Known problem?


#18

I’m assuming you’re talking about a new Liteon? Yes, it’s a common issue with the newer Liteons, there’s a couple of threads in the Liteon forum regarding it. Not an amusing attribute of these drives. :Z