LG GCA-4040N DVD Writer

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LG GCA-4040N


OEM:
Hitachi-LG
Chipset:N/A
16xCDR ZCLV
10xCDRW CLV
DVD-R
DVD-RW
DVD-RDL
4xDVD+R ZCLV
2.4xDVD+RW CLV
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Slim EIDE, 2MB
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$200 3.5/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Cicero 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Databank 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datasafe Media 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 KHypermedia 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA10) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+RW (SONY....S11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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beAll media works well


Comments posted by pinky_IM from United States, May 01, 2008. Rated this writer No rating.





Works well with i-base DVD+RW's from Optodisc. [PLUS]

Doesn't work with Octron DVD+RW's. [LIDL]


Comments posted by melaina from Germany, October 23, 2006. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





I did the upgrade to firmware indicated by PINK comment and it work very well!

my GCA 4040N changed to GWA 4040 with all features of it! I can write now in -R or -RW midias.

Thank you ever so much.


Comments posted by Marcos from Brazil, April 15, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





My laptop came with this piece of crap. It won't even reliably write CD-R and I haven't dared try it with DVD (this is with branded media that's faultless on my desktop). Upgrading to the latest firmware has not helped.

I've just ordered a new drive (Sony DW-D56A) to replace it and this thing goes in the bin.

If you are shopping for a laptop make sure it does *not* have this drive.


Comments posted by Tony Hoyle from United Kingdom, March 24, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





somehow i cannot read some region 2 original dvd but i can read pirated dvds no problems. the writer came with my fujitsu siemens laptop. it makes some noise as well and i tried to flash it with the 1.03 firmware but found out later that mine is 1.04. i dont know why it cannot read certain dvd.


Comments posted by epyon from Ireland, March 20, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.





A few comments here since I have this reasonably crapy drive too. First off, there is a firmware from Dell C112 which fixes several problems with the drive including the DVD-R reading issues. It does not 'fix' the lack of DVD-R writing support (of course). You can find the new firmware here: <http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/format.aspx?releaseid=r90352&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19>. I just tried out the firmware posted by Pinky in the previous comment and it seems to be working very well. DVD-R writing works (at 2x) and so far I haven't had any problems with it. However my one worry is that this firmware is based on the B107 firmware revision for the drive and not the newest one (noted above). I'd be a lot happier if it was based on the newest version. I'll report back if I have any problems with the hacked RPC1 version.


Comments posted by street_samurai from Canada, February 16, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





I upped the rating due to me being able to update the firmware to a beta version offered here http://tdb.rpc1.org/#GWA4040N the b107 version works on the gca-4040n and changes it to region free (gwa-4040n)and now i am able to read and write dvd-r, the new media still only burns at 2.4x but hey, at least i now have all the functionality of the gwa-4040n


Comments posted by pinky_IM from United States, January 30, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





the only reason i gave it a 2 is because it does burn and completes how fast, well 2.4x unless your lucky to get old media, new media only burns at 2.4x, dell inspiron 8600 that is almost out of warranty, and i plan to give dell hell due to this drive, it used to burn all types of media at 4x and now, unless i use old media it only burns at 2.4x. btw the comment above about the book type dvdrom is correct, the feature is not available with this drive and secondly yes it doesn't read dvd-r. many drawbacks, why do these companies sell this crap, damn myself for buying this laptop with this drive. one word SH*T ....don't buy it and make sure your laptop doesn't come with it.


Comments posted by pinky_IM from United States, January 29, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.





Working flawless at rated speeds for both DVD+R and CD-R recordings. (Another Dell Inspiron laptop user).


Comments posted by PaulPDX from United States, July 23, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





This is not good drive. I bought it in my HP 9110 notebook. There was a problem with reading DVD-R media (computer restart after media insertion).
Also non-supporting of DVD-R(W) is very serious drawback!


Comments posted by black hawk from Czech Republic, July 13, 2004. Rated this writer 2 of 10.







Comments posted by Andrey from United States, July 09, 2004. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





According to the tech at HP that I spoke with last night. This drive can only write a 2.4x not the 4 listed here. We have tried 3 different name brands and none of them will burn at 4x. If you check the dell forums many are having the same problems.


Comments posted by mjordan from United States, July 04, 2004. Rated this writer 2 of 10.





I got this drive with my Dell Inspirion 8600 and it is awsome. I am useing sony disks to burn with that i bought for $0.80 a disk.


Comments posted by kjphilips from United States, June 26, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.




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OEM
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)


Rating
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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