HP DVD630e DVD Writer

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HP DVD630e

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$200 5.8/10
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1 Gigaware 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 JVC 8xDVD-R (MJC ME......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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This was working great for a little over a year. Got less than 10 coasters over that time of burning hundreds of discs, and it did freeze on me while burning a few times. Now my computer running Windows XP Home SP2 just doesn't recognize it. It shows it as an unknown usb device in "Device Manager", and it doesn't even show up in "My Computer". Tried uninstalling and then reinstalling the installation program several times. It doesn't work. Windows says the driver is not installed(Code 28), and it also says the device is not configured correctly(Code 1). I thought the driver was suppose to be in the installation disc. I followed the instructions in the "Found New Hardware Wizard", but I can't get it to work. Does anybody know what to do? Can you post a link to get the driver? I tried the HP website, and they offered a driver/installation disc for sale and a firmware upgrade (ch16). I already have the upgrade and I don't need the installation disc because I already have it. Any help would be appreciated.

Comments posted by Raymond from Canada, April 16, 2006. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

I have this HP dvd630e writer. I've never had a problem until recently. The unit has stopped working. There is a strange whistle noise coming from the power pack unit. I ordered a power pack thru HP website. Power pack arrived today and it still whistles and will not power on. Anybody got any suggestions for me???


Comments posted by Sandy from United States, March 28, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I'm a newbie to DVD copying, but know computers very well. I've now wasted about 20 dvd+r 8x blanks (hp brand, but don't know who hp bought them from.

The dang thing will write between 1% and 25% of the disk and then fail. I've tried several programs to do this- Nero, DVDFab Gold, DVDClone, CloneDVD Pro, and CloneDVD2. I've gone with default setting, tried slowing it down, anything I could think of. Nothing seems to help. Tech support comes next. Oh joy.

Comments posted by Lyle from United States, March 08, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I just purchased this writer for $199 CDN! Works great, using DVD X Copy.

Comments posted by tc from Canada, March 07, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Bought this burner last week at Best Buy and it has been great. Used it with Ulead and Nero software without any trouble. Have not tried the software thatit was bundled with.

Comments posted by Raz from Canada, December 09, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Bought the HP dvd writer dvd630e at Walmart for $169.
It's a USB 2, and burns well for me, I've used some cheap Memorex dvd+r and some Verbatum dvd+r and they have played back fine in all my home players and PC's.

I used 1clickdvdcopy and had good results copying previously recorded dvds and files from my hard drive. No coasters yet.

I have not tried using any of the software bundled with the unit, but you have to load Record Now software on your computer to update the firmware.

Comments posted by Griz from United States, December 02, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

I only purchased this burner to take on the road whenever I need it on vaca or need to be mobile. I've only used it to make copies (using nero), and one or two projects using dvd workshop 2. It's been good to me, I can't complain....


Comments posted by h from United States, November 24, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

I purchased this burner a few days ago and have had nothng but problems. I have been using DVDShrink and Nero 6 Recode to make DVDs and have tried burning to DVD+RW, DVD-R and DVD+R. So far I have attempted about 20 burns and of the 20 only 2 worked. I have yet to have a successful burn to the DVD-R and DVD+R (ony the RW worked). AFter spending hours and hours trying to trouble-shoot I am giving up and returning it tomorrow. Stay clear of this burner.

Comments posted by Devin from Canada, November 23, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

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Write support / Read support
= 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.

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.

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