LG GSA-4160B DVD Writer


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LG GSA-4160B


OEM:
Hitachi-LG
Chipset:Renesas
40xCDR ZCLV
24xCDRW ZCLV
8xDVD-R ZCLV
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1 Arita 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Bell Technology 4xDVD+R (INFODISCR10) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BigPockets 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Budget 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Cicero 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Cursor 8xDVD-R (GSC003......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite 2xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite (Printable) 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Red 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Titanium 16xDVD-R (TTH02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Yellow 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 DAX 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dr. Hank 4xDVD-R (GSC002......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dvision 4xDVD+R (POMSC001002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Eaglepower 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Egital 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Egital 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 3 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
2 EMTEC 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 EMTEC 8xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 02.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 eProformance (epro) 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD+R (LONGTEN.002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Gigamaster 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Gigatain 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 HP 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Infiniti 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Intenso 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Jaga 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 JVC 1xDVD-RAM (M01J0008) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Kapi 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 LG 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 LG 8xDVD-R (INFODISC-R20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 LG 4xDVD-R (LGE04.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 M-Media 4xDVD-R (AN30........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Master 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 2xDVD-RAM (M01J0005) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 1xDVD-RW (MCC 00RW11N9) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 2xDVD-RW (MCC 01RW11n9) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD-R (MXL RG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 16xDVD-R (ProdiscF02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Melody 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA10) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2xDVD-RW (MCC 01RW11n9) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 3 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum Pro 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Octron 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 8xDVD-R (PRINCO8X02..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Prodisc 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Prodye 8xDVD-R (POMS3A......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Radius 4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 RiData 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiDisc 4xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiDisc 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiDisc 16xDVD-R (TTH02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Ritek 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiVision 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sentinel 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Six 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 8xDVD+R (Plasmon1C01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 SmartBuy 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SmartBuy 8xDVD-R (ProdiscS04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Sony 4xDVD+RW (SONY....S11) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD-R (SONY04D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Spin-X 4xDVD+R (PRODISC.R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (TDK.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Traxdata 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 UL-Tran Media 4xDVD-R (ONIDTECH....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Vakoss 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 8xDVD+R (MKM.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I've used this drive for a while now...almost a year. Pretty good drive overall. I've burned 100s of discs and not had any bad writes. I bought some Fuji 8x DVD+R's from Best Buy a while back and they actually burned at 12X in Nero 7!!!
I finally got a chance to purchase some Philips 16x DVD-Rs last Xmas but haven't needed them until now. When I tried to burn some avi's Nero was only showing a MAX speed of 4x. I then upgraded the firmware from A302 to A303 and then to A306 which is the latest. The write speed now shows 8x. OK so this drive can only write 8x to DVD-R. But I want 16x so I go buy some Philips 16x DVD+Rs. Finally when I think it's time to burn some crazy fast discs Nero only shows the MAX write speed as 8x WTF!
Just goes to show that you shouldn't buy media just because its on sale.
Vive Fuji! Gotta get some 16x discs and see if they'll work :P


Comments posted by =JoKeR= from Canada, May 29, 2006. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Nice DVD/Combo drive, supports all current CD and DVD formats.
I tested using: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW
All works fine. Nice front face of the drive unit.
Recomended.


Comments posted by oliversl from Paraguay, March 08, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Good dvd writers


Comments posted by Fausto from Italy, February 11, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





top!


Comments posted by goolem from Germany, October 30, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Problem with Ritek G05 4x DVD-R. I burned 12, 10 on this drive and two on another, all ten from this drive were unreadble on three DVD players, other two were fine. Firware was A302. Previously I had success with Ritek but they may have been another type.


Comments posted by RIchard from Canada, August 31, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





My writer has stopped reading DVDs at all. It happened 3 days ago, and I can't view any DVDs - recorded, or original. When I put in a CD, it works most of the times, but not always also.
Putting in a DVD, the Windows Explorer shows me a blank CD.
I tried removing my slave CD-R from the IDE cable (- it worked fine with it there, before), and I tried updating the firmware to a304. Nothing did the trick.

Is there some software out there who might be causing this? I just installed the latest AnyDVD, after having the lateset version before, but after it started acting up on me, I stopped the process, and now it isn't running at all. Is there a possibility it causes it? Or eevn caused some hardware damage?


Comments posted by Gardner from Israel, March 11, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.






I have burned about 35 DVD-R Ridata G04 DVDs with this drive with the firmware A303 and all were burned excelent, I tested the discs with nero CD/DVD Speed and then copied to image in the harddrive with nero express with no problem. Note that the support for Ritek/Ridata DVD-R media was added to this drive since fw version A303.


Comments posted by Easgs from Guatemala, March 08, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





No coasters using cheap Egital dvd-r midias with 8x speed.
All movies (DVD Shrink+Nero) I play them in Xbox and I got some "stops". I'll use low speed next time for these midias.LOL.
With Ridata dvd-r midias recording with 8x speed, I got not even a click in my Xbox.
Great Hardware. I recommend it to everybody.


Comments posted by Bon Scott from Brazil, March 05, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





This writer rocks. Have written about 100 discs now NO coasters. Tried diffrent disc all work perfect. Running firmware 304. Rips movies to my hard drive like there no tomorrow and i am only using it through an external case on my laptop...


Comments posted by pka from United Kingdom, February 23, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I have recently obtained the GSA-4160B Super Multi DVD Drive. I have setup and installed it just as mentioned in the Owner's Manual (Master on Secondary IDE no Slave attached) and I have upgraded the Firmware(A303). But the drive does not want to read a DVD movie. I have tried various movies even bought new ones but nothing. I have also noticed that some DVD's it only reads the first 10 seconds of the DVD and then freezes my whole PC. I have used various types of movie software but all seems to give the same problem. My PC Specs are as follows: AMD Athlon XP 1800+, Epox 8K5A2 Motherboard, Radeon 7000 64MB TV out Graphics card, 512MB DDR-333 PC2700 DIMM memory, Seagate Barracuda 80GB 7200RPM 2MB Cache P-ATA HDD, Windows XP Home SP2.


Comments posted by Joe from South Africa, February 15, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





the a303 firmware has been released
i have had no probs with my burner at all but i still went to the a303 firmware andnow my burner seems to rip a movie to hdd alot faster


Comments posted by vrsnoop from Australia, February 04, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





I exchanged threw my warrenty afer having problems with the 4081b and I recived this one.
It works fairly well.. BUT I have a problem.
If I connect my slace CDRW to it.. it does nothing.
But it will do EVERYTHING I trow at it IF I disconect the slave CDRW.
I have NO use for any of the programs that came with it or the other 4081.

I was pleased with the customer support and at how quickly I recived my replacement drive.

Thre a few PRINCO 4X dvd-r at it and Memorex 8X dvd-r so far.
Good clean burns.

Just a REAL pain to have to remove the slave.
I would give it a higher rating if it were not for that one problem.

I am thinking (HOPPING) it is a bois setting that needs to be changed. I am going to call LG ASAP.

(could be that I am on a P4 1.6 running Windows 98SE and ROXIO programs......not sure.... I hope it is not because of ROXIO [version 5]... I have so many open session CDS I NEED ... switching to the included NERO would make my life a mess as for them CDs.)


Comments posted by Penny from Canada, February 02, 2005. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





Purchased a few weeks ago.
Works like a charm. No problems at all.

Successfully burnt all of the following media

Verbatim dvd-rw 1x
Maxell dvd-rw 1x
Maxell dvd-rw 2x
Maxell dvd-ram 2x
Princo dvd-r 4x
Ritek G04 dvd-r 4x
Ritek G05 dvd-r 8x
Verbatim cdr 80min 48x
TDK cd-rw 74min 4x
Hico cd-r 90mins 24x
Cybermedia cd-rw 650mb 10x

Installed firmware A302 (rpc1 region free)
http://tdb.rpc1.org/#GSA4160B

Ripping speeds are great as well average (8x) 9 mins for a 4.3gb dvd-r

Overburns to 90mins/800mb cdr media perfectly.


Comments posted by Greg from Australia, January 28, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





have had two lg burners in past-great this one as previous poster said cannot set book type, so if using dvd+r blanks use the following utility to set book type before burning-then works in all(Maybe) dvd players.

http://www.liteonit.com/ODD/English/e_downloads/e_utility.asp

seems to work on lg drives as well!


Comments posted by terry from Canada, January 22, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





Further to my previous comments below:
The problems I had were due to busmaster drivers for the VIA chipset on my Gigabyte GA-7DX motherboard.
Here are my findings:

Windows ME VIA busmaster driver - Original version c.year2000 sorry don't know version......drive doesn't write DVDs reliably work in DMA mode - frequently fails at beginning of write with timeout. DAO cd write doesn't work from Nero. Nero CD/DVD Speed tool crashes out, sometime with a "System Halted" blue screen error.
PIO mode for drive enables most functions, but limited to 1.44x DVD extraction, and writing is slow. CD writing in DAO mode fails before write begins.

Window ME VIA latest VIA busmaster drivers v. 3011
Drive works OK at listed speeds, but corruption occurred to system files on C: drive during DVD extraction. Effectively broke the system. Needed a system restore from backup.

Windows ME with default Microsoft "Standard IDE Controller" driver.
As above - drive worked OK, but C: drive corrupted needing whole C: drive restore from backup.

Fresh installation of Windows XP SP 2 using default "Windows VIA Busmaster IDE Controller".
Drive works perfectly at rated speeds in all functions, no data corruption.
Sticking with this combination.



Comments posted by Splodge from United Kingdom, January 16, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Happy ending!

I exchanged it for the latest GSA4163B, it works great so far. :)

For thoes who are stuck with GSA4160B, and have problem with DMA, I would suggest you try the lastest version software. I have good reason to suspect the problem has something to do with the free OEM software which comes in the 4160B box. When I installed my new 4163B drive, I took a short cut to see if it would work without reinstalling software. You guess it, the new drive also hangs. After I cleaned up the system and installed the free OEM software included in the 4163B box, I finally got 4163B to work!!! Your 4160B drive may work as well with the OEM software in 4163B box. Talk to a friend.

I am still a big believer in LG after all.


Comments posted by Joe from Canada, January 11, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Drew, make sure you are using DMA for this drive, not PIO.
I had no problem until I enabled DMA (when the drive was installed, it went into PIO by default).

Without DMA, burning speed won't go very high.


Comments posted by Joe from Canada, January 06, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Writes everything I throw at it, only reason I bought it was because of media incompatabilities with my GSA-4040B and it only burning at 2X instead of 4, so it is going in my Win XP MCE machine, don't care how long it takes there. This writer (4160B) writes flawlessly, I only wish I had some dual layer media to test in it. I also use DVD-RAM for backups, works perfectly. Only complaint is about a week after I got it, they anounced a faster one coming out....


Comments posted by Drew from Canada, January 06, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Here is the last straw.

Maxell 8X DVD-R (made in Jappan) also failed to work under DMA. Under PIO, 8X burning works; but takes as much time as 4X burning does. I have no choice but returning it. Hope LG will sort it out in its future products.

Life Good, enough with trouble-shooting!!!


Comments posted by Joe from Canada, January 05, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





It may well depend on the media you use.
Memorex 4X DVD+RW are OK; however, Memorex 4X DVD-R only work with PIO mode.

Even more shocking when I tried to update the firmware.
The upgrade program also hung with DMA even though firmware was updated. If I repeat the same thing with PIO, no problem at all.

I am thinking about returning it to Futureshop.
PIO is not good; it barely keeps up with 4X burning.

It should never hang no matter what the reason is!


Comments posted by Joe from Canada, January 04, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Like Joe, I found that this drive only worked reliably (if at all) when DMA was disabled.
Nero would lock up then timeout with "SCSI timeout" errors after several minutes. This would happen at the "Setting write speed" stage.
I have a Gigabyte motherboard with Athlon CPU. There's a separate utility (DMATool) which is used to set each drive to use DMA or PIO.
I was at the point of returning the drive for a refund when, after much head-scratching, I found that setting the LG drive to PIO mode made everything work OK.


Comments posted by Splodge from United Kingdom, January 04, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





I am having interface problem with this drive.
Have to use PIO; DMA often causes this drive to hang.

Memorex 4X DVD+RW, no problem.
Memorex 4X DVD-R can work only with PIO mode. DMA will hang.


Comments posted by Joe from Canada, January 03, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Plays everything so far - and lets me read and edit DVDRAM from my Panny E55 - which is good news!

Doesn't like burning el cheapo DVD-R blanks, but OK with decent media -- writes well to DVD RAM, which I now use for archiving.

good value for money.


Comments posted by pippas from United Kingdom, December 27, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Dont work with my DVD-R 8X PRODISC or DVD-R 8X RITEK RIDATA it sux


Comments posted by Cr4SheD from Canada, December 27, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





Just make sure you use the media recommended in the user`s manual or you will get ciclic redundance errors at the time of ripping the created copies or focus and track errors at the time of burning.

Check this out.

-----------Reply to Customer Enquiry ------------
Great Company. Great People. Dear Eduardo, Thank you for contacting LG Electronics concerning your computer-related inquiry. Please try using one of the types of media that is recommended specifically for the GSA-4160B: CD-R : LG, Mitsubishi Chemical, Verbatim, Taiyo Yuden, TDK or SKC discs are recommended. CD-RW : LG, Ricoh, Mitsubishi Chemical, Verbatim discs are recommended. DVD-R : Maxell, Taiyo Yuden, JVC are recommended. DVD-RW : JVC, Mitsubishi Chemical, TDK are recommended. DVD+R : Taiyo Yuden, JVC, Ricoh are recommended. DVD+RW : TDK, FujiFilm are recommended. DVD-RAM : Maxell, Panasonic are recommended. DVD+R DL : Mitsubishi Chemical is recommended. There are manufacturing differences between different brands of media, and the brands listed have been tested and are known to work well. Some brands will work for a time and then start causing write errors. It's really important to use recommended media, particularly while troubleshooting. If you continue to have problems after using one of the recommended brands, please call 1(800)243-0000 for further assistance. Please make sure your computer is accessible when you call, in order for our technicians to assist you in troubleshooting. Thank you again for contacting LG Electronics. Cyndi E-mail Administrator Customer Interactive Center LGEAI.


Comments posted by Easgs from Guatemala, December 20, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.




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OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Chipset

The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.


Write support / Read support
DVD-R
= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested


Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes


DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.


Connection
Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)


Rating
The first rating is based on a weighted rank (the true Bayesian), it requires at least 5 votes to get a weighted rating.
The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.


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