While researching the drive I came across this post on cdrlabs:
It basically says the prior generation DVR-109 does not have the honeycomb pattern on the bottom for noise reduction, nor is it compatible with the Quiet Drive utility. I also remember reading something about
DVR-110D (OEM) not compatible with Quiet Drive, but DVR-110XLB (Retail Box) is.
Bottomline, if I purchase the Pioneer DVR-110 D - OEM from newegg (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827152060) , will I be able to use the "A10 Quiet Drive Utility" on it, or will the options be greyed out? If not, which specific Pioneer or Asus drive do I need to buy. I can't even find DVR-110XLB or DVR-A10 for sale at the usual online shops.
If I can use the Quiet Drive utility, will the program's "Save Settings to drive" option remain in effect, even when the drive isn't connected to a PC?
I ask because I won't be connecting the device to a computer, but to an independent USB media player, as I explained in a related thread:
I need to get this drive's read speed down to at least 5x when reading DVD-R, DVD+/-RW disc containing .avi files.