LG GSA-4120B DVD Writer

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LG GSA-4120B


OEM:
Hitachi-LG
Chipset:Renesas
40xCDR ZCLV
24xCDRW ZCLV
8xDVD-R ZCLV
4xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
12xDVD+R ZCLV
4xDVD+RW CLV
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$150 7.5/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BeAll 3xDVD-RAM (M01J3003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BenQ 8xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ2) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BenQ 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
3 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Budget 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Data-01 4xDVD-R (GSC001......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dataware 4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP4) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Datawrite (Printable) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Datawrite (Printable) 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Datawrite Classic Grey 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Mach4 8xDVD-R (INFODISC-R20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Emgeton 4xDVD-R (FNX...103...) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 EMTEC 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 eProformance (epro) 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 eProformance (epro) 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fortis 4xDVD-R (Dvsn........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (ONIDTECH....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Gigatain 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Hi Space 8xDVD+R (MPOMEDIA080) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hyundai 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 i-b@se 4xDVD+RW (MBIPG101W04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+RW (MBIPG101W04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Infiniti 4xDVD-R (SONY04D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Intact 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Intenso 8xDVD+R (AML.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Intenso 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Kodak 4xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Kodak 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Laser 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 LG 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 LG 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 LG 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 LG 16xDVD+R (LGEP16..001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 LG 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 M-Media 4xDVD-R (AN30........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 MATCO 4xDVD-R (............) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MaxMax 4xDVD-R (GSC002......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Medianca 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsubishi 5xDVD-RAM (MXL16) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA10) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Moviestyle 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Msonic 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MTV 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Muller 8xDVD-R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nashua 2.4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.010) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Network 2xDVD-R (MCIG01......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Octron 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 16xDVD-R (OPTODISCR016) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 OSI Disk 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 OTTO Office 8xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Panasonic 2xDVD-RAM (M01J0005) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Pinsonic 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PowerDisc 4xDVD-R (GSC001......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 PowerDisc 4xDVD+R (GSC502..002) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 1xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Prodisc 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodye 8xDVD-R (POMS3A......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
4 RiData 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
2 RiData 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 RiData 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD-RW (RITEKW04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiDisc 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sentinel 4xDVD+R (MPOMEDIA040) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Shintaro 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SilverLine 8xDVD-R (INFOMEDIAR20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SK 4xDVD-R (NANYA-JC001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SK 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD+RW (PRODISC.W02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SmartBuy 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SmartBuy 8xDVD-R (ProdiscS04) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 8xDVD+R (TDK.....002) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 TDK 4xDVD-R (TTG01.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
3 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tecko 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tevion 8xDVD+R (Plasmon1C01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tevion 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tevion 8xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB002) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Traxdata 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Traxdata 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Traxdata 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 UL-Tran Media 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Universal 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vakoss 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Vakoss 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 6xDVD-RW (MKM 01RW6X01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2xDVD-RAM (M01J0005) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 3xDVD-RAM (M01J3004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 12xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+RW (MKM.....A02) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (Pearl White) 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (Pearl White) 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Vision 1xDVD-R (ME 153......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Xmedia 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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There is an excellent review of this drive at
http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=9931&PageId=0

Apparently there appear to be some error correction issues, but overall it is highly rated. NewEgg has them for $80


Comments posted by sbsyncro from United States, August 24, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I see a lot of comment about "having no coaster". Does this mean I should check and verify each DVD once burned to make sure the data is fine? To what extend should I test?

I've burned 10 DVDs of MP3 and simply deleted the originals.. Now I'm starting to worry if there is sometime a playback problem...?

Thanks.


Comments posted by tttttt from Canada, August 18, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





It does write DVD+R Double Layer Media at 2.4x Check here for more info.


Comments posted by ViRaL1 from United States, August 14, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Hi! I'm comfused with this drive. I found it for 105 euro coming with a multilanguage manual saying that writes DVD+DL media yet in LG global site www.lge.com there is nothing about DVD+DL in drive's specification page. Looking forward I got more comfused while I found NEC ND 2510 saying that writes double layer media... what is this? Is it the same thing the double layer and the dual layer or not? Do we speak for DVD 9 in both cases or I am missing things here? Has the LG GSA-4120B the ability to write that media or not? Regards


Comments posted by Red Wine from Greece, August 14, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Hi !!
I just don't understand why all coments say ".. i just didn't tried dual_layer media... " ... fuck!!.. isn't this what this drives are all about ?!?! Why do you bother comenting if you didn't tested the best of it ??

Ok.. :) bought the drive 1 week ago, tried several media brand (Princo 4X, Budget 4X, Verbatim 8X, HP 2.4X etc) all worked fine; cdr (verbatim) burned ok also .

Finaly .. bought yesterday (sold out for the last week) the Verbatim 8.5 Gb 2.4X DL media (11 Euros) and made a full copy of LOTR III 7.5 Gb (+/-) 42 minutes to burn; tested several times on Pioneer 444 and Philips 737 worked 100% from begining to end, no problems at all !

....... have a nice (holly)day !!


Comments posted by Dcent from Portugal, August 10, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Superb! Fast and quiet.

Handle my Mitsubishi 8x DVD+R as 12x (Media code MCC003 at HK$ 9.8@)
Flashed to RPC1.



Comments posted by UncleTall from Hong Kong, August 07, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I bought this drive today (August 4th). SO far I've burned 4 DVD-R and no coasters. Here's an interesting fact. I burned 3 with Princo 4x media and forgot to change the speed setting in DVD Decrypter. I put in a ANSI31 1x media and it burnt at 4x. Didn't fail at all. Did all the DVD-Rs in 14 minutes each. I just tried a SmartBuy DVD-R 1-4x and it is burning beautifully. I haven't tried any 8x DVD-R, 12x DVD+R or DVD+R DL, but after all the problems I've had with my Sony DRX-510UL and finding compatible media, this burner is a dream come true. Awesome burner! I didn't give it a 10 rating because I haven't tried the 12x, 8x or DL.


Comments posted by Greg from Canada, August 04, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





this item has some firmware updates please go to lg & click on software this where to find the update


Comments posted by bill from Australia, August 01, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





IT ROCKS!!!!!!!!


Comments posted by JOE from United States, July 31, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Burned 4.7GB on TDK+R 8x in 7.02 min,4.7 GB on TDK-R 8x in 9.80 min,4.7 GB on TDK-R 1x in 22 min, no coster yet.Easy to install.Don't forget read and write DVD-RAM.Till now very good burner.


Comments posted by labri from Greece, July 14, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I tried DVD+R dual layer (Verbatim) and it worked fine with Nero 6. good machine althought it is a pitty I don't have the 8.5 DVD-RAM driver...


Comments posted by Joao from Portugal, July 10, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I purchased this DVD writer drive from xpcgear.com on the 28th of June for $105.00. I have backed up 5 DVDs using DVD X Copy Platinum on FujiFilm DVDs and have had no problems. The drive installed flawlessly and runs quietly and quickly. So far I have only burned DVD-R so I don't know how well it does on doulble-layered DVDs but I am anxious to find out.


Comments posted by Rage from United States, July 05, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Good DVD burner.
Burned some TDK +R, Sentinel -R discs and all worked Ok. No costers yeat.

Good Work LG! :)


Comments posted by Smashe from Portugal, June 25, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Have found one commercial dvd that this drive would not read. (The Girl with a Pearl Earing). The disc was new and read fine on LG dvd player and Sony DRU-500A. I hope this is not the beginnings of compatability problems.


Comments posted by blewgenes from United Kingdom, June 20, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.







Comments posted by DaveH from United Kingdom, June 03, 2004. Rated this writer 9 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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