Sony DVD RW DW-G120A: Anybody knows more about that?

Hi,

this drive is on sale at a local store (Media Markt, Germany). I did not find very much information about that on the web, except some data a UK based store provided: http://www.tekheads.co.uk/s/product?product=605412

Also, nothing could be found on Sonys websites (indicating: No support - Do not buy). I suspect, that this might be some OEM-only drive which is also indicated by another posting here, the autor wrote, that this drive was part of his Medion computer.

Might this drive be a Liteon SHM- based drive? Further information is appreciated.

Thanks to all,
Michael

the dw-g120a is a liteon SHM-165P6S. use the search function next time.

According to Codeguys site (http://codeguys.rpc1.org/dvdrw_overview.html), under 6th Generation Standard - (6S), Sony DW-Q120A is a rebadgeted Liteon SHW-160P6S or a SHW-165P6S.

According to http://www.cdr.cz/dvd_rekordery/sony/dwg120a.html, the Sony DW-Q120A is a Liteon SHW-165P6S.

The difference between SHW-165P6S and 160P6S is that the latter didn’t successfully passed the factory tests to read/write DVD-RAM.

Hi,

I see. Seems, as if DW-[B]Q[/B]120A were SHW-160P6S (no DVD RAM), and DW-[B]G[/B]120A is SHW-165P6S (DVD RAM support).

The difference between SHW-165P6S and 160P6S is that the latter didn’t successfully passed the factory tests to read/write DVD-RAM.
:wink: The drive is advertized to support DVD-RAM, so I would trust the codeguys more.

Thank you both,
Michael

I’ve bought DW-G120A already. Installed it (as a slave) on a PC with P-4 2.8 GHz, Asus Mobo with Intel’s 865 chipset, WD Raptor 34 GB HDD (about 14 GB free), Win2k SP4, and Nero 7 software. Used it with HP 8x DVD+R to record DivX movies (data DVD mode). Nero estimated approx 8 min recording time but actually it took more than 40. Tried a few times - same speed. Moved the drive to different PC (with 875 chipset, Seagate 160GB HDD - ~40 GB free, other specs are the same). Works fine. Put it back - slow again.
Does anyone have any idea about the reason?

Hi,

this might be a DMA issue. Please check, if DMA is enabled for that drive using Nero Info Tool.

Michael

Thanks, mciahel.
If this is the case, how do I enable DMA in Win2k? Device Manager-Properties don’t mention anything about DMA and I saw nothing in Computer Management - Storage - Disk Management.

ykagan00,

Go to My Computer, Properties, Hardware, Device Manager, IDE ATA/ATAPI (double clicking), select (double clicking) the IDE port where your burner is attached to, select Advanced Configurations and check if “DMA if available” is highlighted in Transfer Mode.

Gordon,
Thank you very much, it worked.

ykagan00,

You’re welcome. I’m happy you have solved your problem.