Here are some [B]UPDATES[/B] on my drive tests in my LVW-5005XS. I picked up some Verbatim 2x DVD-RW media (95 cents at B&H Photo) and I also tried some DVD-R media. Surprisingly I also discovered that the older drives [U]cannot[/U] do [B]HQ[/B] recording without problems.
(I also found that the DDW-806S that came with the unit, and my SOHW-1693S, are both producing burns with unreadable sections, so they’ve been voted off the island except for these compatibility tests. I don’t think the 1693S’s STOPPING problem is related to this, as there was another report of the same problem in the LVW-5007.)
Here are the [B]UPDATED[/B] test results:
[B]Benq DW1655:[/B] Firmware BCIB. The DW1650 is the non-LightScribe version of this drive and should work the same.
VCD and Audio CD [U]work[/U]. Audio CD-RW works; CD-RW erase says FAIL, but the drive does finish the erase, and another erase completes immediately.
DVD+R works but DVD+RW does [U]not[/U] work.
DVD-R surprisingly does [U]not[/U] work. The disc prepares ok, but it won’t let me record.
HQ recording does [U]not[/U] work. I almost always get a WRITE FAIL at some point, often around the 35 minute mark.
[B]Liteon SOHW-1693S:[/B] Firmware KS0B. This drive seems problematic - in my 5007 I would often get a “STOPPING” status that would not clear until I unplugged the unit, and that happened in the 5005XS too. Also with any media faster than 4x, it’s noisy, as the firmware records at 6x; the other drives use 4x for such media.
Audio CD and Audio CD-RW [U]work[/U]. VCD does [U]not[/U] work.
DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, and DVD-RW [U] all work[/U].
HQ recording mostly does [U]not[/U] work. With +R media it fails immediately; with -R media it failed after a few minutes. -RW media seems to work but I would not be confident about that.
[B]Sony DW-G120A:[/B] Firmware MYS6. This drive was originally a Liteon SHW-160P6S.
Audio CD [U]works[/U] but Audio CD-RW does [U]not[/U] work. VCD does [U]not[/U] work.
DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, and DVD-RW [U]all work[/U].
HQ [U]works[/U] though I had one session on -RW stop early (unfortunately I did not see the error message if there was one).
[B]Sony DRU-V204A:[/B] Firmware 1.60.
DVD+R, DVD-R, and DVD-RW [U]work[/U].
HQ recording [U]works[/U].
DVD+RW, and all CD media, do [U]not[/U] work. (Interestingly, DVD+RW does work ok in the LVW-5007 with this drive.)
The Benq DW1655 is the only drive where all modes of CD recording work. Otherwise I like the Sony DRU-V204A, though +RW media does not work. (The Sony DW-G120A has better media compatibility, but I don’t trust it completely without some further testing.)