Gigabyte GO-W0404A DVD Writer
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1 BestMedia Platinum 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Titanium 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Media Cache 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Media Cache 4xDVD-R (MBI 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nashua 4xDVD-R (AML.........) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Plextor 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodye 8xDVD+R (DT-D03..004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Great reliable burner compare with others.
Problems will always be there if your media are cheap poor quality type.......even the world best burners!
Remember......is the media give you the problems and not your GO-W0404A.
Comments posted by movie collector from Australia, April 22, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.
Massive prolems burning on Princo DVD-R. Firmware update didnt solve the issue. Cant use the drive on an IDE channel with anything else. Problems reading the DVDs with DVD-Shrink, Nero 6 works fine so far.
Comments posted by Suermel from Australia, April 22, 2004. Rated this writer 3 of 10.
Ran into problems with Princo DVD -R discs. It would have problems getting past the "Writing Lead In" using Nero. Updated the firmware to 0049 from Gigabyte site (a synthesized 0049 region hack also exists) and now haven't had that lead in problem since.
Comments posted by Meataxe from New Zealand, April 12, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
When first bought I updated the firmware to 0043 and applied the patch to void region setting. The drive would burn anything but I kept getting coasters with -R DVDs. Anyway, I then found the 0045 firmware and loaded this. I checked using DVDinfo and found that my patch for defeating the region setting was still in place (i.e. I am not limited to 5 changes). And, importantly, I can now burn -R DVDs sweetly (important to me because I need to have the option of watching DVDs on my ibook which can only read -R/-RW/RAM DVDs.) So anyway, all is sweet and I give this drive a 10. Quiet and since the patches, no problems.
Comments posted by Meataxe from New Zealand, March 29, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
very good during long hours usage. No sound at all
Comments posted by rambo from Malaysia, March 27, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.
Have had this drive for about a month. I have written to Dysan DVD-R, TDK+R, TDK-R, Verbatim DVD+R all at 4X and Verbatim DVD+RW at 2X. No failures - no coasters. Have burnt plenty CD-R and CD-RW (TDK and Dysan). Nice at 40X.
Type of content burnt was DVD Video and Data, using CloneDVD and Nero 6.3. All movies playback fine on my elcheapo Sinotec DVD player. Have not tested the DVD+RW discs in the player though.
All in all - a great drive. Version 0043 firmware. Pentium 4 2.6GHz 1GB RAM.
Comments posted by John Young from South Africa, January 26, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
I have the Gigabyte too. Did you have to do anything special to use the BTC firmware flash? Is there any risk? Sorry, I could not see any other way to contact you.
I cannot burn to Princo 4x DVD-R disks. Even though two friends with this drive can burn to the same disks. I cannot burn Laser 4x DVD-R disks, even though one of the friends with this same drive can, and the other cannot. Seems a bit flakey.
Comments posted by Mad Bison from Australia, January 19, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.
This is actually the BTC 1004 burner rebadged. There are a lot of comments for that drive.
My personal experience with this drive: Very bad media compatiblity, the only thing worse than the compatibility is the terrible write quality. Absolute headache to find media compatible with the burner AND is written at good enough quality to work on stand alone player/console fine.
Same discs burnt by a pioneer are no problem.
Gigabyte seemed to have stopped support for this drive - too much of a headache for them too maybe?
BTC have since released 2 new firmwares, gigabyte aren't updating anymore. I am now using the BTC firmware on my gigabyte drive for this reason.
Comments posted by Sunny from Australia, January 17, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.
flawless install, instantly recodnised, delightfully fast,
read & write colour code led,has reliable performance during heavy burning sessions, great value for money unit
Perhaps needs some more buffer ram, bundled nero software only licenced for single DVD writer use
Comments posted by Peter from Other, December 29, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
I have not had any problems so far. i think that is very good.
Comments posted by marpe from Other, December 10, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.
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Original Equipment Manufacturer.
The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.
Write support / Read support
DVD-R = Works
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.
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)
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.