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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80 comments, Showing 26 to 50 comments

This is my first one, My PC with AMD 2600+ 1G.Mem,Run WinXP Pro. Do nothing (even Driver for), Just Recorded Ton of CDs and DVDs from Files, CDs Movies, Data,..etc..So far no any problems.....I recommend anyone who wants a simple DVD or CD copies..Used with LG bundle software (included NEO Plus...) I rated this Drive 9.9 out of 10. No need to Update firmware!!


Comments posted by hankng. from Canada, November 14, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Infosmart 4X dvd-r media - will NOT burm at more than 2x ..


Comments posted by Raeven from Denmark, October 01, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I bought this burner beginning 2004, I could burn -R media at max 2X. After having upgraded it to A104 firmware, I have been able to burn -R at 4X. Very reliable burner, never wasted a disk. Still have to try to burn at 8X with 8X +R. I am on the market to buy a cheap spindle of 8X +R and then I will see what I can do with the burner.


Comments posted by base689 from Italy, September 15, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I've had a 4081B for about 9 months. To begin with it was fine although sometimes very slow. Recently I was experiencing a few burn errors (using Nero 6) so I upgraded firmware to 104A. Not sure if this stuffed things up, but now I can't burm DVDs at all. CDs are still OK. I read that others have had similar problems.


Comments posted by MINIMOKE from Australia, September 01, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Bought this burner 2 weeks ago with generic 4x -r media. Until today it would only burn at 2x, but I did the firware update to A104 and it now burns at 4X with this media flawlessly. Havent tested +r yet as the -r is working perfectly on both my dvd players


Comments posted by Crashrun from Canada, August 01, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Recently i upgrade my 4081BA101 to A104 , because it doesn't read most DVD and when i burned DVDs it will not read them . Then after rebooting , nothing works.My DVD does not read any cds or dvds formats, even it doesn't spin the DVD.I went to the LG site and there was no service. it was a waste of time so I decide to buy now another brand name Plextor to have less headache.Don' t know if it was the firmware or the unit itself.
Someone have any ideas.
Personally i don't recommand that unit.


Comments posted by Minh from Canada, July 28, 2004. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





My 4081 warranty replacement that I received in March failed to burn any disk (nero report tracking or focus error) this is my second LG in 6 months, now trying to contact with LG for another replacement. Meanwhile I picked up a Benq and I think I'll never touch LG again, bad luck or whatever, I have friends who own 4040 and no problem.


Comments posted by apvm from Canada, July 08, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





My LG 4040 had the "servo failure error" after about 2 months of use and slowly and finally it failed to see any DVD, CDs are ok. Had it replaced with a LG 4081 under warrenty, so I think you should contact LG. JMO


Comments posted by apvm from Canada, May 10, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





This drive is Absolute DUNG with a capitol D!

I've had it for about 2 months now on an athlon 2200 xp with 512 megs of RAM and 2 Maxtor 120 GB 7200 RPM HDs. I used it mainly for backing up DVDs, And yes I updated the firmware as soon as I installed it and the firmware upgrade went smoothly. I always had problems writing at 4x no metter what software I used....usually got "servo tracking failure" error after burning up to around 95%.....also always had problems with DVD+RW and DVD-RW. Hopefully they'll put out another firmware update soon because this drive is a coaster maker.


Comments posted by acase from United States, May 07, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





I called their toll free number as per the instructions for warrenty on their web page on a Monday, explained my situation and they asked me a few questions and then they faxed me a request form for RMA, I faxed it back and since I live quite near they actually allow me to do a straight exchange at their office on Friday. Took in my broken 4040 and they gave me a retail box 4081, I must say thier warrenty service is quite good.


Comments posted by apvm from Canada, April 26, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





My LG 4040 failed 2 month ago and I waiting for replacement 6 weeks


Comments posted by Ron from Canada, April 26, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





The warrenty service in Canada was actually quite good, my LG 4040 failed last month and I got a 4081 replacement within a week.


Comments posted by apvm from Canada, April 25, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





LG is a terrible choice for buying
They have terrible warranty Services


Comments posted by Ron from Canada, April 23, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





No Problems as yet, Using this LG GSA-4801B Drive with Datasafe dvd-r 4x Disks, Burned approx 12 dvd's and all playing fine on my Samsung S225 Player and Matsui Cheapy player.
Well worth the buy

Intel P4 1.7Ghz

Lee Lewis


Comments posted by Lee Lewis from United States, April 17, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Was a great drive until one fine day it burned me 3 coasters (cd-r). burned a perfectly good dvd-r video before this prob. fixed the prob with the firmware upgrade. now, im burning w/o probls. then 2day, this great tradegy struck: tried to burn a video dvd-r but created a coaster instead. tried 2 more times using diff methods (using dvdxcopy instead of nero, running no other prgs at all) but to no avail. but the drive still managed to burn cd-rs (also burned 5 dvd+rs b4 this prob surfaced w/o any trouble). is this new firmware preventing me from burning videos onto dvd-rs? dont know- waiting for the tech support email (the website really suxs). anyone here who has a similar prob or a contrasting view to mine ps email me. thanx


Comments posted by David T from Sweden, April 12, 2004. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





I bought the OEM version of this writer about a month ago, and have had nothing but excellent results. I've written DVDs that I could play on my Sony DVD player (which is finicky with the type of discs it'll recognize), as well as backup and storage discs. No problems writing at 4x.

I haven't even SEEN any 8x media for anything less than $30/disc, but how can you complain when it only takes 12 minutes to write 4 1/2 GB to a disc??


Comments posted by Scott Martin from Canada, April 10, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





installed this on an old cyrix m-333 box so far have done around 20 burns with princo a-grade 4x dvd-r only two coasters both were branded 4x but indentified as 2x -- its a winner in my mind


Comments posted by keninoz from Australia, April 09, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Fantastic - absoulutely no problems. Have burnt many movies using Datawrite Classic Yellow discs on a Pacific 1002 DVD player.


Comments posted by Bobster from United Kingdom, April 05, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





This is a warrenty replacement of my LG 4040 which only lasted for 3 months, I hope the 4081 will last longer, to my surprise LG replaced my faulty 4040 with a retail box 4081.

IMO, this 4081 is only a new revision of the 4040 with added bonus of DVD+R 8X burning, don't have media to test so no idea if it works.

My drive is manufactured in December 2003 and comes with A100 firmware, flashed with A101 and so far so good, hope it will last much much longer than previous 4040.


Comments posted by apvm from Canada, April 05, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





LG GSA-4081B in use for more than a month. Works perfectly on a P4-2,6MHz/512ram/WinXPpro. I have copy to DVDs more than 40 movies using AnyDVD for deprotection, Nero Recode + Nero Burning 6.3.0.3 for compression and burning. Movie copies are in best quality, I can't see a visible loss in video. Using cheap DVD-R at 4x speed. I apply the firmware A101 but I haven't test any other media yet. A very fine piece of hardware for its price ( 120 euros in Greece ).


Comments posted by Madbrain from Greece, March 24, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Me again, i got new medias to try, and now the drive shows how fast it can be on 4x for DVD-R...it takes about 13 min to burn a full disc (4.7 gb). Pretty Good..maybe soon we can update the firmware to burn dvd-r 8X.

Medias that i tried on 4x speed:
Maxell DVD-R 4x (Work 4x)
Maxell DVD-RAM 3x 2.1 (Work 3x)
Ritek DVD-R 4X (Work 4x)
Princo DVD-R 4x (Work 4X)
Pine DVD-R 4x (2x only)
Now i rate 10 of 10 to this drive.



Comments posted by Bauer from Canada, March 19, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Good drive, not lost any burns, yet :-)
The major bug I have is that the drive shows all blank unburned DVD discs are shown as loaded with a file (track01.cda), this is by all software accessing the drive & on 2 seperate PC's but it didn't occur until after 2nd successful DVD burn, odd!?!

Discovered that if I ignored the reported file I could still force a complete and successful burn to the blank disk using neoDVD plus 5. But it's a worry that this phantom file is shown.

About to load firmware A101, LG's web site is slow & unfriendly, should be fun.

Sod LG they're cr@p,
used Dangerous Brothers at http://tdb.rpc1.org/#GSA4081B , did the job!!

Loaded OK but damn, track01.cda still there.
Time to return unit!


Comments posted by Petepan from United Kingdom, March 18, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Have two of these DVD recorders - one OEM and one boxed retail.

Both burn at 4x reliably using Princo "A grade" DVD-R media using Nero v5.9.9 under Windows 2000. No problems at all!


Comments posted by Trev from Australia, March 12, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I've been using Infiniti (25 Spindle) DVD+R at X8 no problem.


Comments posted by mackeyuk from United Kingdom, March 12, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Very Good drive...first thing i did was upgrade the firmware to A101. But just one problem...i got pine spindle 4x media..but it burns just at 2x using nero 6 and easy cd dvd creator 6) I dont have another media to try yet. All discs i had burned works perfect on my ps2 and norcent dp 300.


Comments posted by Bauer from Canada, March 12, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.




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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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