DigitalMax DRW-3S163 DVD Writer

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DigitalMax DRW-3S163


OEM:
Lite-On
Chipset:Mediatek
48xCDR CAV
24xCDRW ZCLV
8xDVD-R ZCLV
4xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
16xDVD+R CAV
4xDVD+RW CLV
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$100 8.0/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Magnavox 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sonic 2xDVD-R (MUST 001....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Teon 4xDVD+R (PHILIPS.C08) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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Ive burned at least 500 dvd-r with this drive and have had great results. Never any coasters and only issues with errors came from crap media.


Comments posted by barakandl from United States, December 05, 2007. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





it will burn 16x DVD+R media, but only 8x in DVD-R


Comments posted by JP from United States, January 02, 2007. Rated this writer No rating.





WONT BURN 16X with 16X media :(

even with firmware upgrade

phillips 16x media code (bought as memorex media)



Comments posted by koolaidwa from United States, February 02, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





ok guys, the new firmware is just for better media code reading with the drive, also the bs41 firmware from lite on only makes the drive do 12-r, as it was pulled as lite on forgot to turn the 4xDL on it,

the new bs42 is soon to come out, i would wait till it comes out then flash time as u cross flash it it still wont do 16x on the -r :)



Comments posted by koolaidwa from United States, December 11, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Has anyone tried flashing to the new firmware available at the Digital Max website yet? http://www.godigitalmax.com/download.html


Comments posted by slogrease from United States, December 10, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Also purchased the drive at OM during BF. I didn't receive any media with the drive, either. Cross-flashed to a 1653s, then to a 1633s w/BS41 firmware (the latter has more compatbility with some programs, and should soon support 4X DVD+R DL and 12X DVD-R). Burns so far:

- Ritek G04 @4x. no problems, KProbe shows very low errors (as expected on these higher quality discs). I use the shiny silvers from shop4tech.com.
- Ritek D01 @2.4x. burned as DVD-ROM booktype. KProbe shows some errors. Not too sure about the quality of this media (Ritek branded in jewel box).
- TEON (CMC and Philips)@8x. very bad results, lots of errors, no surprises (these disks are real crap - got 'em from OM)
- MUST001 @4x. no playback problems, KProbe shows some errors. This is expected as these disks are low quality (Sonic DVD-R 1x-2x white printable from shop4tech.com)

So far, I'd say stick with the G04's @4x, if you crossflash. G05's @8x may be good too, but don't have any to test. I also haven't OC'd the G04's yet, may try that soon.


Comments posted by RoweB from United States, December 10, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





also bought at officemax...but did not get any free media
burns half way and stops with my ritek dvd-r G04 and cmc dvd-r 8x media(only 2 out of 10 burnt successfully)
earlier used 411s and that never gave a bad disk
i get a error message incompatible
any suggestions?...what is the best media to use with this drive?


Comments posted by Amit from United States, December 08, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





has anyone burned a philips 2.4X DVD+R successfully on this drive yet? I tried the lite-on 8x disc with the package, no problem. tried the bestbuy dynex 8x disc, no problem, but the philips 2.4x that i got a while ago doesn't work with it. did it once with nero, once with EasyCDC7.
Maybe i need to do the cross flash thing.
all in all, i think it's a good drive up to now.


Comments posted by tangseng from United States, December 04, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





steps for crossflashing...note: you will void the warranty when doing this so it's up to you and i take no responsibility if the crossflashing doesn't work.

(1) go to http://codeguys.rpc1.org/firmwares.html
(2) choose the patched BS41 firmware for the 1633s or the patched CS02 firmware for the 1653s (both are lite-on drives)
(3) flash drive
(4) enjoy

if you find a program to back up the original firmware, might want to do that.


Comments posted by midisidster from United States, November 29, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Could someone please post the steps to cross-flash the drive to LiteOn 1653-S.


Comments posted by RM from France, November 29, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





OK, I'm revising my earlier post. I took the suggestion of an earlier poster who cross-flashed his firmware with the Liteon 1653-S version, and it works just fine, even with the cheap CMC Magnetics 4x -R media. Thanks for the suggestion!

This is good news, because we probably have Lite-on's latest and greatest DVD player, and all for under $40.00 after rebate!


Comments posted by Tom from United States, November 28, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I puchased this at Office Max on Black Friday as well. I it is a Lite On drive model DRW 3S163 which is not a published drive on Liteon's site. Also, at this time, there are no firmware updates on Digitalmax's site.

I burned several +R and -R discs. The +R discs worked without a problem in my Samsung DVD player. However, the -R discs were very glitchy. I tried Ritek 4X discs, CMC Magnetics 4X discs Verbatim (Mitsubishi) 4X discs and Memorex (Ritek) 8X discs. The Memorex 8X worked the best when written at 4X speed. The Verbatim (Mitsubishi)one was not too bad. Ritek came in 3rd, but CMC was very glitchy. All of them really were not acceptable. I borrowed my brother-in-law's drive which he also bought that day, and had the same results.

To verify that it was not my Samsung console, I wrote some more with my Liteon 411s drive, and they wrote perfectly even with the CMC magnetic media. So, at this time, if you plan to write to -R media, I would stay away from this model until an acceptable firmware update is available.


Comments posted by Tom from United States, November 28, 2004. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





Also purchased this drive at OfficeMax on Black Friday and have been very pleased with it so far.
Have not flashed the drive, but now that I know you can change it to liteon 1653S firmware version CS02 I will give it a try (cross-flash). Would like to know the complete steps to perform this task. I will try in the meantime to search the forums on how to do it.
Burned a DVD+R (LiteOn) that came with the drive and it works in my Yamaha (DV-6280) Home Entertainment DVD player. Also burned Memorex DVD-R at 4x and it works in my Yamaha DVD and my Honda Pilot RES. Very happy! Memorex DVD-RW at 2.4 did not work in either system.
Found that Kprobe and the LiteOn Booktype utilities recognize the drive, but have not tried the bitsetting yet. Maybe I don't have to flash the drive to get the feature?


Comments posted by dainbramaged from United States, November 28, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





No rating because I've only done limited testing and haven't burned anything over 4x speed due to lack of media.

Purchased this at officemax for $39.99 (after rebate).

So far, I've burned several dvd+rw discs (Verbatim@4x), 2 DL discs (verbatim-1 at 2.4x, 1 at 4x after I cross-flashed it with liteon 1653S firmware version CS02), and 1 dvd+r disc (CMC MAG F01 @ 4x).

After flashing it to the liteon, the bitsetting utility works wonderfully. The +R disc worked in my Apex AD-1010w. Without the bitsetting, +R discs don't work (verified by burning another +R with my Sony-DRU500a). I also burned a 2nd DL disc with the bitsetting and it works in all my players. 1st DL disc doesn't work in any of the players, but works in my sony dvd-rom drive.

Being able to flash it to the lite-on 1653s was a pleasant surprise. Now I have a 4xDL burner and DVD-R should burn at 12x but haven't verified that as of yet.


Comments posted by midisidster from United States, November 28, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





i just bought this at office max for 39.99 after rebates

havent installed it yet to test it out, its going in my new 64 bit system i building

i also have a optorite 8x burner and a micro advantage 8x burner


Comments posted by koolaidwa from United States, November 27, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.




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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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