LG GSA-4081B DVD Writer

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LG GSA-4081B


OEM:
Hitachi-LG
Chipset:N/A
24xCDR ZCLV
16xCDRW ZCLV
4xDVD-R CLV
2xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
8xDVD+R ZCLV
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Arita 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Arita 2xDVD-RW (RITEKW01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Auchan 4xDVD-R (MCI4XG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 4xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 4xDVD-R (SONY04D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+RW (PRODISC.W01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BestMedia Platinum 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Budget 2xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Cursor 4xDVD-R (GSC001......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CyQ've 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Datasafe Media 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Datawrite Red (V2) 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Datawrite Red (V2) 4xDVD-R (INFOSMART01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Datawrite Yellow (V2) 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dotcom 4xDVD-R (AML.........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dr. Hank 4xDVD-R (GSC002......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Eagle Media 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Emgeton 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 EMTEC 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 eProformance (epro) 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Eternity 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fortis 4xDVD-R (Dvsn........) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Fujifilm 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 2xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Golden Star 4xDVD-R (Dvsn........) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Hypermedia 4xDVD-R (AN30........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
3 Hypermedia 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Intenso 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Intenso 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 IOTA 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 IOTA 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 JVC 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Kodak 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Lead Data 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Legacy 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
6 LG 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 4 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
2 MAM-E 4xDVD-R (MCI4XG01....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 MAXdisc 4xDVD-R (MBI 01RG20) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Maxell 4xDVD-R (MXL RG02....) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 3xDVD-RAM (MXL8) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 2xDVD-RW (TDK502sakuM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MDA Technology 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Medianca 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Melody 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (PHILIPS.C08) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Memorex 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2xDVD-RW (RITEKW01....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Mirage Recordable Media 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Mirror Platinum 4xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Mitsumi 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MMore 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Monkey 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Multidisc 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Nexxtech 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 2xDVD-RAM (Optodisc) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Optodisc 4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP4) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Optodisc 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 OSI Disk 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Pine 4xDVD-R (AN30........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Pine 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Pine 4xDVD-R (Dvsn........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Pine 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PowerDisc 2xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
8 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 7 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Princo 2xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 3 poor.
1 Princo 1xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 ProDATA 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodye 2xDVD-R (3AM0201.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodye 4xDVD+R (POMSC001002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 ProMedia 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Radius 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 REC Technology 4xDVD-RW (OPTODISCW004) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Ricoh 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ricoh 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ricoh 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 RiData 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 RiData 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (DigitAll) 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sentinel 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sentinel 4xDVD+RW (SENTINELW02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 SK 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SK 1xDVD-R (DDD DVDR....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SK 8xDVD-R (NAN.YA.A01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SK 4xDVD-R (NANYA-JC001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SK 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SmartBuy 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SmartBuy 1xDVD-RW (ProdiscDVDRW) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 1xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 StarMedia 4xDVD-R (VDSP.SAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 2 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sunstar 1xDVD-R (LD01........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sunstar 1xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (MBIPG101R05) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-RW (TDK502sakuM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Teon 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Traxdata 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 UL-Tran Media 4xDVD-R (ONIDTECH....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ultron 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Unifino 4xDVD-R (UTJR001001..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vakoss 4xDVD-R (NANYA-JC001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vanguard 4xDVD-R (VANGUARD....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2xDVD-RAM (M01J0005) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 3xDVD-RAM (M01J3002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-RW (MCC 01RW4X) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+RW (MCC.....A01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vertex 4xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vobis 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Xeed 4xDVD-R (MCI4XG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Zykon 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
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I bought my drive on April 2004. It is still my main DVD/CD writer. The estimated number discs I have burnt untill today is around 800-900.
With the exception of some (maybe 5-6) non-playable discs at the beginning , which actually was caused by my inexperience in burning DVD movies, I have never had any failure or bad disc.
All the resulted discs are readable in a large variety of PCs and desktop player.
I am perfectly satisfied with the drive and I am not going to change it untill it dies,and then I will buy another LG!
I could wish for faster DVD write speed, but I am used to it after all these years.


Comments posted by tsakatsoukas from Greece, November 19, 2007. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Got this writer from a warehouse shop. Read the reviews after installing the writer and maybe I got off lucky judging by other posts here. I've had very few problems with the drive so far since May 2004. I've had a couple of bad burns which I attribute to the cheap DVD +R I got. It used to write 100% but while trying to play the completed DVd, it would keep blinking and crash. Then I found out that 1 Click DVD copy software worked like a charm for this cheap DVD +R. Now I burn only Philips or Memorex cd-r's and DVD +R's and it burns smooooooth.

My main issue is that the drive doesn't always read/recognize media's max rated speed correctly. It doesnot see a 4X DVd-r as anything more than a 2x disc. DVD Identifier says it's a 4x disc, but during burn, it won't go higher than 1.3x or 2x.

Overall been able to milk the 80$ I paid for the writer.


Comments posted by Sandy from Canada, July 04, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





what good is the LG GSA-4081B if so many customers can only use it for no more than 600 days, or even less?

answer....NO good! Car manufacturers at least DARE to admit a mistake made and to order faulty products back to the factory.

I bought one (and they where very expensive then) and in march2005 it stopped doing what it is supposed to be doing. Same story here folks...what is it with march2005?....

LG leaves us in the dark they give no support no working updates.
I suspect them even from releasing the LG GSA-4081B with a serious BUG hidden in the design.

I will never ever spend a penny on LG.
LG doesn't like us? fine we don' like THEM!


Comments posted by Bart_nl from Netherlands, March 10, 2006. Rated this writer 2 of 10.







Comments posted by Juan Diego Alvarez from Colombia, December 28, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Bought mine in January 2004. Worked fine at first. After a year or so it died. Would not burn DVDs, then no more CDs. Now does not even recognise them. Firmware updates (the last one to 1.06) did not help. Thought it was the media and tried many different brands. Now judging from other posts in this forum, I know it's the burner.


Comments posted by Michael from Austria, October 22, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





I have given it an 8, since it died after one year! It woudln't recognize DVD-Rs at such and wouldn't burn without ending with error and trashing the medias!

I have got a warranty replacement and since that it works great. Never had any serious problem with any media until the failure/with warranty replacement.


Comments posted by Joerg Droege from Germany, October 12, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





This writer failed after three weeks of use!


Comments posted by paulbrec from Canada, August 24, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





Looks like I'm not alone here, started off fine for about 6 months, then started to get more and more failed disks, now won't recognise DVD-RW and barely manages to recognise DVD-R. Its a pain in the proverbial but will come in fine as a doorstop!


Comments posted by andy pringle from United Kingdom, May 21, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





Born 7-28-04 died 5-11-05. Quit in the middle of a read and wouldn't spin up afterwards. Exchanged on the spot at retail for a gsa4163b. Only one coaster its entire short life and that was MY ERROR. Great burner while it lived.


Comments posted by otpw1 from United States, May 12, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Doesn't work fine with fujfilm dvd media 8x.


Comments posted by l.candela from Italy, April 19, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





I purchased this burner in may 2004 worked fine up until mid march I called LG and returned it and hope to have my replacement soon. My advice to anyone DONT BUY THIS MODEL!


Comments posted by icellphones from United States, April 10, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





Rock solid performer.

Use Ritek +R (code R03s - rated 8x but I burn at 4x). Burned 300+ disks not one coaster.

No bitsetting is a bummer. LG are lousy on firmware upgrades.


Comments posted by Les from Australia, April 10, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Bought this drive in May of 2004, worked ok most of the time, although I normally didn't burn at max speed on most media to avoid glitches in playback.

Didn't use it that heavily (compared to some of my friends), but it died in March of 2005. Just stopped burning one day, and wouldn't even read DVD media. Would only read CDs. Checked this forum and saw lots of similar experience.

Returned it and received a 4160 from LG as replacement. So far the 4160 has been great. Much noisier then 4081 for some reason....

-C


Comments posted by carlos from Canada, April 05, 2005. Rated this writer 4 of 10.





Bought this drive summer 04, stopped being a burner Mar 05. Will not burn anything except coasters. The drive has both firmware updates on it. Tried the LG 4020 and was amazed with the speed. Showed me that it was the drive and not my system. My advice is to stay away from this one and spend a little more for the 4020 better still go with the NEC3500A!


Comments posted by Skully from Canada, March 31, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





ok at first 9 month ago, then it wouldnt burn & struggled to recognise anything apart from commercial DVDs. the machine was put in a pals machine - worked fine. so, it went back in mine - worked ok for a short while, then i had problems once more. we use it to watch DVDs & nothing more. (firmware was upgraded - no difference) my advice - take your money elsewhere.


Comments posted by Chris L.. from United Kingdom, March 17, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





stopped working after 14 months, stay away from LG


Comments posted by William from Canada, March 12, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





LG MULTI DVD WRITER, MODEL: GSA-4081B, S/N: 312za101419
My problem: focus error !!!
My media: (Vervatim, Maxell, Hypermedia, Imation)
My software: B's Recoder and Ahead Nero 6.6.0.6
My OS: Windows XP Pro + SP2
My hardware: Intel Pentium 4 3.0E GHZ

As was impossible to burn Hypermedia DVD media in this device, I decided the media wasn't great, so I used Maxell, Vervatim, Imation, also; but results were the same messages: "Focus error" and then disks ejected. Claims and emails for warranty were made without good results.

LG is a terrible choice for buying because they have not warranty services. Life Good's device was replaced with a Sony DRU-720A that really works !!!


Comments posted by Carlos Mena from Costa Rica, March 03, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





It worked very well on my pIII 933mHZ and the suddently stoped reading dvd. I tested it on another computer and it still didn't worked, but after a reboot it went back to life and works fine until now ( 3 months later)


Comments posted by Th3 from Brazil, February 24, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





After Upgrade Firmware 101 - Burn 8x fine - Media - Memorex 8X DVD+R - 9:10 Time Burn - Works fine Dvd Player - Sony 560D - Sony 315


Comments posted by Toita from Brazil, February 11, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





About 7 months after buying the burner it suddenly stopped burning and reading discs. Sent it back to the shop (a years warranty) and they sent a new one to my door :) Cant say I'd recommend this since everyone seems to have the same problem.


Comments posted by Jusupov from Finland, February 08, 2005. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





Worked well for 7 months then had focus and tracking errors, never burned another good DVD.


Comments posted by doug from United States, January 28, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.





Well... I dunno if I got lucky or what. Judging by other posts here, it would seem that my 4081B seems to be the exception. I've had very few problems with the drive turning out coasters. I've had a couple of bad burns. But, for the most part, I've had decent enough luck with the burner.

My only issue is that the drive doesn't always read/recognize media's max rated speed correctly. I've bought and inserted 4x -R media and it won't see it as anything more than a 2x disc. DVD Identifier says it's a 4x disc, but when it comes time to burn, it won't go higher than 2x.

On the +R side, it DOES work rather nicely with the media I've tried at up to 8x. I've fed it Gigabloc +R 8x media with very few coasters being produced. Most of which came about after the machine had been up for days.


Comments posted by Wolfie2k3 from United States, January 22, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I bought it in June 2004. Everything Ok : I wrote several CD-r, DVD-RW, until last month.
Now it rejects the media with a ATAPI ERROR.
Then when I put a new CD, it can't be recognized.
Curiously, I can still read commercial DVD without problem,
and after that, the writer can see the CD-R!
I tried to burn at different speeds, updated the firmware.
Gonna contact LG.


Comments posted by BLR33 from France, December 08, 2004. Rated this writer 2 of 10.





After seven months stopped to read (and burn) CDs and was nearly impossible to write DVDs at 4X. One month later, nothing happens after inserting DVD/CD, the drive is recognized by the operating system but out of order. Wasted money.


Comments posted by Max from Italy, November 29, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





It's a piece of shit. I used this burner for 7 months and now it stopped to read DVD midias. Not recommended to anyone.


Comments posted by TeNuiPaLPuS from Brazil, November 16, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.




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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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