Cendyne CDICD00209 DVD Writer

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Cendyne CDICD00209

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$200 9.0/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Accu 1xDVD-R (LD01........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 DVDPro 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2xDVD-R (TAIYOYUDEN..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Generic/Unbranded 1xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GreatAZO 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 1xDVD-RW (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 KHypermedia 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Lead Data 1xDVD-R (Lead Data) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Memorex 1xDVD-RW (ProdiscDVDRW) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 1xDVD-RW (RITEK000V11A) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Optimum 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG300..) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Princo 1xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Universal 1xDVD-R (GSC001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 1xDVD-RW (MCC 00RW11N9) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I've had this burner for 11 months and burned over 200 DVDs. The only problems have been media related. The Cendyne A-105 is an excellent piece of equipment.

Comments posted by Mike from Other, January 07, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I give this drive the lowest rating cuz it stopped working on me 8 mos after I bought it. Was going great ripping and burning whatever I could get my hands on. All of a sudden, WinXP Pro stops recognizing blank or written discs, gives an "Incorrect Function" error, nothing on the net solved my probs, still waiting for Cendyne to get back to me.

I re-installed Windows and still no luck....ASPI is 4.6. Original and DVD-R discs show up correctly, it's the -RWs that don't aren't recognized anymore. Pretty sure it's the drive cuz when I start up Record Now Max, no recorder shows up for selection at all. So I can rip, just not write...

Comments posted by ON from Other, August 11, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

i purchased this burner about a week ago from staples for 150 (after a $30 mail in rebate). at first i had some trouble w/ the origional cd-rw that the drive came with. when i burned it using the most recent version of nero, it would not allow me to erase it, and now the disk is shot. i have since bought 10 memorex dvd-r's and 5 imation dvd-rws. the rws work great, and i've only burned one coaster (it was a problem i had, not the drive) w/ the r's. great all around drive, just wish it ripped faster, but can't complain otherwise.

Comments posted by Joe from Other, August 03, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Bought this for $170 + tax. It suffered write errors onto my cheap CompUSA DVD-R media and the write speed was 1x. This cheap CompUSA media worked fine on the SONY DRU-500AX, at 2x. I am not a big fan of SONY (they are WAY overpriced), but so far I have not had a single problem with their drive.

Anyway, this Cendyne drive is well priced, but in my case, it did not work. BTW, I did not upgrade the Cendyne drive's firmware... So that could have been the cause of the problems.

Comments posted by JC from Other, July 17, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

Bought this in February from Staples. It's been perfect. Haven't really burned any coasters (some have been my own fault). It's NICE!

Comments posted by paulwill from Other, July 01, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Had drive for 2 months. Running 1.33 firmware with no issues. Have not had a single coaster with any speed media. I primarily use Memorex 4X.

Comments posted by Ducatti20 from Other, June 22, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Im using the Cendyne CDICD00209 burner. And for software using dvd xcopy express not sure of the media i think its a cheaper brand i got at a local store nebraksa furniture mart if anyone is familer with it. While burning back ups of my dvds i already own ;) it burns and finishes fine. Then i go to play them and then it seems liek around chapter 6 or 7 of any movie it starts to skip, studder, freeze then it will start to go again and repeats this process from then on out. Was wondering if anyone has gotten this or heard of it and could give some help.


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Comments posted by Pdiddy from Other, June 09, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

I have had this drive for about one month now. I have not upgraded the firmware; still using version 1.00 (am nervous about upgrading). I have not had any problems burning DVD-R's or RW's. Am using Pinnacle Studio 8 to capture analog video and burn DVD-R's. Have mostly used Memorex $2 DVD-R media from Fry's and $2 DVD-R media from CompUSA. Also burned Memorex DVD-RW media without any issue. All DVD-R's have performed flawlessly in GoVideo/Apex/Sony DVD players (including my ancient Sony dinosaur - a 6-year old DVP-S300). My Sony DVP-NS715P is the only one of these that will play the RW's. I usually burn first to RW media and then use Pinnacle InstantCopy to burn additional copies onto DVD-R.

PC is Gateway PIV 2.53 GHz

Comments posted by klw from Other, April 12, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Now I upgrade this drive to 10 points. Reason? Because with the hacked firmware upgrade, now I can rip DVDs at 7.5X instead of 2.1X. I can also burn Ritek G-03 disks at 2X and other medias at 2X as well but with shaky results.

So far I've burnt about 20 DVDs and DVD-RWs. I've had a few bad disks, 2 Supermedia DVDs (I tried two and both of them came out bad at 1X), many Princo 1X DVD-RW with good results (played well in my computer and Cyberhome, Panasonic DVD players), DVD-On DVDs (2X although it is for 1X, one came out good, the other playable in computer but unplayable in set-top), OptoDisk DVD-RW are good. Of course, Riteks are excellent.

So instead of 9 that I gave before, I now give 10. And for about $150, you cannot go wrong.

Comments posted by Jason from Other, April 11, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Please see my post here


with this hacked firmware you are able to write Ritek G03 with 2x speed and also the region protection is set to RPC1 instead of RPC2.

Great stuff by those fellows from www.rpc1.com!!!!

This makes this drive much more valuable using cheap media.


Comments posted by coopervid from Other, March 28, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

Was initially dissappointed with this drive. Thought that I had gotten a swap shipment when I ordered. Then I dug a little deeper, and found that my initial order was right, it was a DVR-105 Pioneer OEM. Have issues with InstantCopy and DVD-R(W)s. Every other burning program is fine however. Burned a few dvd-r's and dvd-rw's. Fought with the apex ad-600a until I actually firmwared the dvd drive. Now I seem to have a nice solid dvd-rw and compatible players. I gave a nice since while this is a 5th generation drive, still have to tell some programs manually to burn at the highest speed for the media to get it to but its still a decent buy. ;D

Comments posted by fury from Other, March 27, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I purchased this about a month ago from OfficeMAx with the rebate, discounts and other various sundry coupons. It ended up costing about $129. Thus far I have backed-up several DVD movies to ACCU media using DVD decryptor and Pinnacle Instant Copy. I am still trying to figure out the easiest way to take a dowloaded DIVX movie file and burn it to a DVD-R so I can play them in my Toshiba DVD player. If anyone can point me to a step by step guide that would be great.

I also found the firmware updgrade at http://wwwbsc.pioneer.co.jp/product-e/ibs/device_e/dev00001r_e.html

Bottom line great drive!

Comments posted by JB from Other, March 14, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I have used the firmware 1.21 go here http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_firmware.php?category=4&manufactor=25
I have the firmware on my Cendyne no problems in 3 weeks.Burned over 35 DVDs DVD-R and DVD-RW.Using Nero Ver To burn.Very good Drive

Comments posted by Blind 39 from Other, March 07, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Both firmware downloads (cendyne and pioneer) for 1.21 are no longer available online. Anyone hear of an issue with the 1.21 firmware upgrade?

Comments posted by dvdhelp@tenui.com from Other, March 06, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Great Writer. Have created close to 35 DVD's, mostly converted my Analog camcorder tapes to DVD-Rs (kHypermedia and Ritek's).

Question: I did not find the firware upgrade for the Cendyne CDICD00209 on cendyne's web-site. Is it worth the risk of upgrading using Pioneer's DVR-105 firmware upgrade?

Comments posted by Nick from Other, March 05, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I got in on a staples sale. Really great burner price/performance wise. So far i've used generic media's only such as 2x princo's, 1x ritek's, and 1x optodisc's. I've backed-up 30 movies so far and all burned flawlessly.

Comments posted by timmmay from Other, March 03, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

OK... It has been almost two weeks and I've gained so much knowledge about ripping, authoring DVDs, it makes my head spin. Anyway, I just want to tell you about compatibility of this drive with different medias.

FYI, I've copied personal backups of my DVDs (Crouching Tiger... Harry Potter) and home movies that I have in DV tapes. Programs I used are; DVD Decrypter to rip, DVD2One to resize, and CopytoDVD to burn for movies. The reason I used CopytoDVD was because when I used Nero, the DVD wasn't playable in my computer. For home movies, I just copied them to computer using Pinnacle Studio 8 (you can use Windows Movie Maker too), then converted it to MPG using TMPGEnc. For menus and stuff, I used Ulead DVD Workshop. By the way, most of these programs offer demo versions so try them before you buy them. In order to convert a home movie, it took almost full day. It's definitely time consuming but end result is excellent. Go to the forum to find out ways to do so.

Regarding the media.

1) Princo 1X DVD-RW - came with this drive. I burned it 4 times with different movies and home video. Everytime it burned correctly and I was able to play it in my computer (using Cendyne drive) and my two set-top DVD players (Cyberhome DVD-500 and Panasonic DVR-30). I've heard bad things about this brand but I am completely satisfied. In fact, I ordered 25 of them for ~$28. When DVD-RW is as cheap as DVD-R and they work perfectly, there is no reason to use DVD-R media.

2) OptoDisc 1X DVD-RW - also works perfectly in both my computer and DVD players

3) DVDPro 1X DVD-R - this one works fine as well. No problem.

4) Ritek 1X DVD-R - I haven't actually burn this media but unlike their claim, it only burns in 1X, not 2X. Nero gives an option of burning it at 1X only. I guess 2X only applies to 104A drive not 105A.

I have SuperMedia and OptoDisc DVD-R so when I tried them, I will let you know.

The reason I gave 9... It only rips movies at ~2.1X.

Comments posted by Jason from Other, March 01, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I got this drive from Office Max with originally $269.99 what I paid: $177.99(price match at officemax 115%)-$30 staples coupon -50 mail in rebate(I love teenage managers who dont check for rebates)for a final total of $105.34. I have only burn 3 backups that work on everything from my 2 apexs and koss surround sound dvd player(<---sucks plays these better then real ones),so I'm liking it would buy another now I need cheaper media. I bought maxwell certified 2x's that burned @ 4x and was 2.44 each(I need to find these cheaper), my only complaint is the 2.1x ripping speed will have to get another dvd drive for ripping. I would give it a 10 but I 've only had it for 4 days , so basically its a 9 for doing what its supposed to do.

Comments posted by mylex1 from Other, February 25, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Bought this drive at office max for $180.00 Its great. Good deal has everything you need in a burner. A good cheap dvd-r to use is KHypermedia.

Comments posted by lovinit from Other, February 25, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Got it cheap with a rebate at OfficeMax. Does what it says; no problems with DVD-R, DVD-RW. Can't afford 4X disk to test... works fine with generic 1X and 2X. Good compatibility with my DVD player for DVD videos I've burned.

Comments posted by ecm from Other, February 24, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

burns up to 99 min cds too! What joy!!!!

Comments posted by ratdad from Other, February 23, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Very good Product!!!!!!!One thing i had trouble with is when i used TDK DVD-RW for Testing movies.when i erased media it was leaving small black marks like burn marks??very unsual.Causing the Movies to skip.But when i upgraded firmware 1.21.Tested the media.no more burn marks!!Not sure if it was the Drive or the Media.TDK makes very good media.But other than that no coasters expect 1 the TDK DVD-RW made over 25 DVDs using DVD Decrypter and DVD2One.Most have if this is your First drive to buy.

Comments posted by James Bushey from Other, February 23, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

works good uses -r -rw dvd and cd used dvd decrypter to copy one of my movies and it worked great and was easy to use. many thanks to the people on here for the how to's very easy detailed instruction. that actually work

Comments posted by snowstormz from Other, February 23, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Burned 1x and 2x princo, as well as, 1x lead data. never a coaster in 50+ burns.

Comments posted by ratdad from Other, February 21, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

All right... I haven't tested medias other than Princo CD-RW which was included but so far I've had excellent results.

1) Home Movie

The DV movie was transfered to my computer using "Pinnacle Studio 8." Somehow the program gave me constant error message when I tried to use its DVD function so instead I used Ulead DVD Workshop 1.2 to make a DVD. After making menus, I used the maximum quality compression which would pack an hour of movie into 4.32Gb DVD. It took a while to do so but at the end, the driver successfully burned a DVD. My set-top DVD player (Cyberhome 500) played it flawlessly. Very satisfied except the quality of Video is not as good as real DVD movies. It may be due to the program or compression.

2) Movie backup

This was tricky. I ripped a DVD using DVDDecripter then tried to use Pinnacle Instantcopy but somehow my copy of the program gave me error messages. (couldn't make it... also didn't recognize DVD drive. I saw someone complaining about the same problem here) So instead I used DVD2One v.1. It took ~40min to compile for 2 hour movie. Then despite of many warnings, I went ahead with Nero BurningRom v.5.10.07b. It took about an hour (I am not sure exactly how long because I fell asleep) to burn it on a DVD-RW which I erased the content from #1. Everything went smoothly. I checked it with my DVD player, Cyberhome 500 and it worked perfectly.

I love these two. By the way, I updated the firmware to 1.21. I will try different medias as soon as I get them next week.

Comments posted by Jason from Other, February 21, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

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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.

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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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