BUSlink DVRW412RD Internal DVD Writer

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BUSlink DVRW412RD Internal


OEM:
Lite-On or NEC
Chipset:Mediatek or NEC
16xCDR CLV
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4xDVD-R CLV
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$250 8.5/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Hi. I bought this writer last Saturday and at first it would shut down computer midway thru burn. I unistalled my old version of Roxio(5) and it workedked but the sound is all garbled. Anyone know how to fix this problem? I am running under winowows xp 1.0 ghz Intel Celeron.Any help would be appriciated.


Comments posted by Teresa from United States, March 24, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Purchased at CompUSA as part of a bundle with Roxio Easy Media Creator 7. After rebates, it's $80 for the software and $0 for the drive. Mine is a rebadged lite-on 411s. I used a flashfix tool and upgraded to the latest lite-on firmware (be aware that doing so probably voids your Buslink warranty).

These can also be modded to lite-on 811s using the info and software at the speedlabs.org forums. Look for the Zebra mods.

I have now made 3 trial full movie burns to Memorex 4X DVD + RW media. The times were in the 20 -22 minute range for the burns. To my pleasant surprise, the disks play on my Mintek dvd player. I did not install the software that came with the drive. I am using Roxio. I also have Nero 6 but have not tried it yet. I have also made a number of cds. So far, everthing is working well and I am pleased.


Comments posted by bkase from United States, March 07, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I finally installed my drive and Win XP reports it as a Lite-On LDW-451S, like others posting here. I have not had any trouble with the drive so far. I did make a coaster but that was my faulty video editing. Explorer seems to have trouble erasing an RW but Nero did it fine.

I give the drive an 8 since I have not done a thorough test but it has performed fine so far.

I have a P4 1.8 Ghz with 256Mb and it takes approx 15 mins to burn a DVD with MyDVD (hold your comments please :P)


Comments posted by Zach from United States, February 18, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I purchased this unit at BestBuy and it is infect a LiteOn 411s. I purchased it as an upgrade from my Toshiba SDR 5002 2X DVD-R only writer. I quickly made 4 coaster with this thing because I was using my TDK 2X media writing at maximum speed! I tried to bump the burning speed down to 2X (to match the media speed) but the movie stuttered and froze in my DVD player. I went out and bought the 4X TDK media and whola! So far have backed up two good discs. I've upgraded to the latest firmware so it seems to be working great now. I burn with either RecordNowMax or CopyToDVD and it burns an entire movie in 15 mins!


Comments posted by Kpoman from United States, February 10, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Got this drive from Best Buy and it is a LiteOn 411s. It had the original firmware version so I promptly updated to the newest. So far the drive is working great, burns both + and - Memorex DVDs at 4x using Nero 5.10.54 and so far they have played on all my DVD players.

The only thing I have noticed is the trouble knowing a blank DVD has been inserted. The drive immediately recognizes any commercial or previously burned DVD, but takes a long time to find a blank Memorex 4x +R (RicohJpn). I've had to re-insert the blank several times before it finally recognized the DVD, hopefully this is just the media and not the burner. I'm definitely satisfied so far.


Comments posted by destilo from United States, February 07, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





The drive I got from a Best Buy was a LiteOn LDW-411s with a mfr date of October 2003. The only difference I can see from the standard LiteOn top-side drive label is Buslink added their own sticker in RED letters identifying it as a BusLink OEM. I have flashed it to the most recent firmware without any difficulty at all (the shipping firmware is 4 or 5 versions old!).

The enclosed software is fair at best, but is one version behind the current shipping version with no option to update. It's generally overly hand holding and overly cute. I find the whole 'My XXXXX' crap insulting to start with (just who elses would they be anyway?). Well, your 'My Documents' folder will become poluted with 5 or 6 'My Something or other' sub folders with NO option to rename them or to point them to another folder that might be better suited for a work space. MyDVD is buggy...not crash buggy, but I've had to kill it twice because it gets stuck in dialog boxes that can't be cancelled (DUH!). RecordNow is fairly decent but offers very little control over how the disc will be burned. The video editor (Arcsoft "Show Biz") will directly import and edit DVD .VOB files but this program is so limited in it's editing capability (very slow and editing is limited to simple trimming from sliders that are very coarse) it's just not practical. DLA is actually quite good--unobtrusive and fast. I like it much better than Nero InCD so far. Overall, the package is extremely weak. It's OK to get a taste of what can be done or for a complete technophobe, but it will be outgrown very quickly.

As for the drive itself, I'm still practicing with it (have yet to do anything really practical) but it seems to be solid performer. I'd give the drive a 10 but the overall package gets a 6 for the pathetic software bundle.

I'm really not sure what got the pissing contest going, but really, any OEM reseller (be it Pine, Pacific Digital, Digital Research, or BusLink) is going to buy from whoever meets their spec at the best price when they place their order. Tomorrow if Sony made a drive that met the DVRW412RD specs and was cheaper than either NEC or LiteOn, that's what they'd ship. All they promise to you is a drive that reads and writes at a certain speed. Everything else is a crap shoot.


Comments posted by MB from Finland, February 05, 2004. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





Just adding my 2 cents. I have not installed the drive yet but the case says BUSlink USA inc with a manufacture date of December 2003. I purchased the drive last night at Best Buy in Vermont. The drive cost $129 with a $50 mail-in rebate. After I install, I'll post what XP sees the drive as.


Comments posted by Zach from United States, February 02, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Tony, don't get all angry, no one's calling you a lier. I believe your drive is an NEC, if you study the specs on the NEC ND1300A and the Lite-On LDW-411S, for purposes of spec they are almost identical drives, same buffer size, same read and write speeds. BUSLink probably uses whichever vendor they can buy from at a cheaper price at that given moment.

If you're happy with your NEC that's great, I'm happy with my Lite-On. Both drives seem to mostly postive reviews. I've yet to burn a coaster and I've put mine through the mill the last few days to break it in.

I guess a point to this review/reply for others could be that BUSLink is a pretty safe choice.


Comments posted by James Mason from Other, January 01, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Great drive. No Coasters. Burns everything I can throw at it. Mine is a rebadged Nec ND1300A. I just contacted Herrie. He replied. He wants a copy of the firmware so he can make an upgrade, just like he has done with other NEC drives. Things are looking good so far. 10/10


Comments posted by Dave from Other, January 01, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Whatever James. My drive is a Buslink. I bought it about 3 weeks ago at Staples, and it is an NEC ND1300A. What's your problem bro? I have no reason to lie about such a trivial matter as this. Buslink obviously does use different manufacturers for it's drives. Most likely depending on where you live.
Anyway, don't get all pissy with me cause you got stuck with a crappy Liteon. OK JIM.
If this punk won't get off my tip, I'll just have to link a label scan for you guys. I figured the links I left below, with the obvious proof, would be enough. Guess not.

Once again 10/10 on this drive....Later


Comments posted by Tony from Other, January 01, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I bought in Staples and exchanged after two weeks and 20 DVD Coasters later exchanged for TDK 840G. Using Pinnacle Studio 8, The BUSLINK froze when burning DVD-R. It was OK for DVD+RW. The TDK worked the first time I burned with Pinnacle. Support seems more Solid from TDK than BUSLINK. I emailed BUSLINK and never heard from them. Pinnacle Support was good, but couldn't resolve the issue. Good Luck!


Comments posted by Dominic from Other, December 29, 2003. Rated this writer 2 of 10.





Read through the reviews and noted someone named "Tony" keeps posting that this drive is NEC repackaged. Just wanted to point that that Tony may be right about some of the BUSLink drives, but he's wrong about mine and apparently most of the people here who bought this drive recently. A friend of mine picked one up last night and he reported the same thing, his drive (like mine) is stamped (Lite-On LDW-411S), it's printed on a label on top of the drive and it even as the website URL for LiteOn). Not only that when Windows XP reports "found new hardware" the LiteOn LDW-411S drive is what's loaded. So there is no mistake this is a LiteOn LDW-411S drive (we aren't just guessing here Tony, really our drives are LiteOn's aparently yours wasn't, so what BUSLink uses multiple vendors for their drives, aparently they are using LiteOn at the moment).


Comments posted by James Mason from Other, December 29, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Bought this at CompUSA after returning a HI-VAL DVD+/-R, both drives were the sae price, the HI-VAL was manufacuted by Optorite, this BUSLink drive is stamped LiteOn LDW-411S (see reviews of that drive). I've read that BUSLink's are usually NEC's repackaged, so if your buying a BUSLink in hopes of getting a NEC repackaged beware (I'm convinced the LiteOn is a better drive anyway).

The drive works flawlessly with every media I've thrown at it Sony DVD-R, TDK DVD+R, generic CompUSA brand DVD+R.

The only problems I can report are that using dvdinfo the buffer size is reported at 2-MEG (all 4x writers I've seen report 8-MEG), can't tell what the drive speed DVDXCopy Xpress is using but it took 35-minutes to burn a 2-hour movie backup. I suspect this will be solved by the "much needed firmware update" everyone recommends for the LiteOn LDW-411S

The bundled software is crap, all you get here is the MyDVD crap to author home movies, nothing to create DVD-ROMs a Nero packin would have really nice. This drive has a lot of problems with Nero, you have to have version 5.5.10.x or greater to get it to even reconize the drive, version 6.0 of Nero (out of the box) reconizes this drive, but it complains that "drive is in use" every time you try to burn, so you have to download over 40-MEG of "updates" from Ahead to make it work, without Nero the drive will be useless to many of you.



Comments posted by Jeremy Deats from Other, December 28, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





General Info:
OK. So there is a debate on what type of engine this uses. I'll use the assumption that the Buslink 412RD is the Lite-On 411S.

Media Compatibility:
For me, it has done well. I've burnt DVD-R (CompUSA), DVD+R (Fuji), DVD+RW (TDK and Fuji) without issues.

Issues:
Only issue I have is when used in conjunction with Pinnacle Studio 8 to record a DVD, it won't exit gracefully. Crashes out. The recorded information is still good - just that to get there, I've got to crash the program.

Other comments:
Maybe Ford should include that on the '05 F-150s: Can't unlock the doors unless you deploy the airbags first.

Happy Holidays!
Dave


Comments posted by Uncle Dave Productions from Other, December 19, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Once again this is a rebadged NEC.

Here:

http://www.dvdplusrw.org/Product.Compare.asp?mid=14&sid=15&70=on&218=on&Items=70%2C218&Page=1&Query=All&Section=PcDrives&Preview.x=51&Preview.y=9


Liteon's have Liteon engines.

Here:

http://www.dvdplusrw.org/Product.Compare.asp?mid=14&sid=15&142=on&Items=142&Page=1&Query=All&Section=PcDrives&Preview.x=56&Preview.y=3

Any questions?


Anyway, it a good thing. NEC makes a better drive.


Comments posted by Tony from Other, December 05, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I just bought the $99 DVRW412RD (Lite-On 411S) at CompUSA, and it is the same speed that is listed in UncleBud's review from yesterday. I will be playing with it this week and review it later, but I did want to let you know that it was not a slower speed version with the same part number. Just wanted that update out there because it is the same drive that CompUSA normally lists for $179.

I still need to find the firmware update to see if I need to update this one.


Comments posted by lagnaf from Other, December 05, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





This drive has an NEC engine, so it's most likey a rebadged NEC 1300A (given the specs). Liteon drives have Liteon engines, so I'm not sure where that whole thing came from.
Anyway, I'm grabbing this one for $99.99 at staples.com (rebate free). The offer is good until 12/06/03 as far as I know.


Comments posted by Tony from Other, December 05, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Got it 3 days ago. It is actually Lite-On LDW411S.
The first DVDR burnt was fine but the 2nd had some frames dropped at the beginning. After updated to firmware FS0F from FS02, so far burnt around 10 DVDRs and all works fine. Have tried Memorex DVD+R, Imation DVD+/-R, and DVD+RW also works. CD-R/RW works fine, too. Feel satisfied with this burnner.


Comments posted by arrowhead from Other, November 30, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I just bought one of those at Compusa for 129.00 also bought two dvd blanck media sony package (dvd+r, and dvd-r) 4.7GB, the DVD+R works "fine" i mean it is readable with some errors in two of my three units. And the dvd-r is not recognize by the dvd+/-r.

the problem will be the media?
or the drive is not capable to write dvd-r?


Comments posted by Alejandro V from Other, November 25, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





A month later and this unit (Lite-On 411S) works great with the FSOS firmware update.
This unit is different then other Buslink DVRW412RD drives advertised as it has 4x burning for DVD+,- and +RW disks. 2X burning with DVD-RW.
40X CD-R burning and 24X CD-RW burning. I don't understand why they use the same model number for drives with different specs. I see CompUSA has the slower model of this drive for $99 after rebate.


Comments posted by UncleBud from Other, November 23, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





I just purchased this unit from CompUSA for $129 after a $30 rebate.
So far DVD+RW, DVD-RW and DVD-R burn fine. It's 1 day old and I've burnt 6 DVD's with video. (It's a LiteOn unit 4115)
The manual says the light should be green when burning but it is red when burning and green when playing back.
I was considering the Pioneer AO6 ($179) also from CompUSA but this was a great deal if it works.
So far I am pleased with this unit.


Comments posted by UncleBud from Other, October 27, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.




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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)


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The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.


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