LG GSA-4166B DVD Writer
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1 AttentionMedia 4xDVD-R (GSC001......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 BenQ 8xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ2) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 16xDVD-R (MBI 03RG40..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Intenso 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 3xDVD-RAM (MXL8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 2xDVD-RW (RITEKW01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA10) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Panasonic 3xDVD-RAM (M01J3003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Pengo 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Pengo 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Pengo 4xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 16xDVD+R (RITEK...R05) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 3xDVD-RAM (M01J3003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-RW (MCC 01RW4X) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+RW (MKM.....A02) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I burned dvd's and dvd-dual layer. I was satisfied. Until lately I wanted to burn cd-r. none of my cd-r's was recognized (I tried several brands, among verbatim).
Comments posted by Triple-t from Netherlands, October 26, 2006. Rated this writer 6 of 10.
So far this has been a great burner. Most of my media is Verbatim and usually get a quality score of 95 when using Nero CD-DVD speed and Lite-on SHOW-1693S as the scanner).
LightScribe worked as advertised but I think the resulting label is washed out. Over time this provably will improve as lightScribe coating is improved (I have tested up to version 1.2 of the coating). LightScribe reminds me of the old Yamaha T@2 label technology. Check it out in here: http://www.yamahamultimedia.com/yec/tech/discta2_01.asp
Light scribe will not work out of the box, First you need to install the latest Lightscribe engine that you must download from www.LigthScribe.com. After I downloaded and installed this engine, Nero 6 (ver. 18.104.22.168) detected right away that my drive was lightscribe capable and I created and burned my a label in no time. I used Nero Cover Designer for this.
After further reviewing of www.LigthScribe.com site, I found and downloaded SureThing CD Labeler 4 SE. This application also relies on the LightScribe engine. Since this was already installed I did not had any problem using it. In LightScribe site there are free templates that you can use for new labels.
Now the ugly part of the LightScribe technology, when creating a full good quality label at the best setting (highest contrast) it will take little less than 30 minutes. For me this is an issue and I will just be creating labels for a few DVD that I plan to give away.
On the burn side, I have no complains of this drive. It can write to DVD-RAM, DVD±R, DVD±RW, CD-R and CD-RW. Basically when using good quality media I never had a problem.
I would recommend this drive to anyone. The only thing Iím missing with it is that it does not support quality scan of burned media.
Comments posted by ofbarea from Costa Rica, October 16, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
It's awesome, only problem I have is buring HP CD-Rs (the DVD+R burns fine)
Comments posted by Leley from United Kingdom, May 07, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.
I actually have an HP DVD740i/b, but I flashed the firmware from HJ24 to 1.01 to turn it into the LG GSA-4166B. (The HP drive says LG GSA-4166B on the label if you take it outta the computer.) The only reason why I flashed the drive was to get the DVD-RAM support. After the firmware flash, Lightscribe works well for me, before and after. CD-R burning is 48x now, although that could be kinda dangerous...whatever. If any problem comes up, I'll just get a BenQ for cheap. ZERO problems burning any Verbatim DVD-/+R, DVD-/+RW, or DVD-/+RDL but I only use Verbatim media. Lookin Good so far.
Comments posted by JD from United States, March 31, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.
I would be cautious about buying this drive. Cautious means be sure you buy from a store that will give you return privileges.
After taking this LG GSA-4166B back to the store to get my money back, I ordered a LiteON LightScribe drive over the internet.
With the LiteON installed, the CDR problem is solved. I now have no troubles at all burning labels to CDR like I did with the LG drive.
I'm using the same LightScribe engine and the same HP discs and I'm using the same computer. So, in other words, the LiteON is operating sucessfully in the very same environment where the LG drive failed to scribe labels to CDR.
LG refused RMA on the drive but it was obviously at fault. LG blamed media, computer, software, etc.
Comments posted by VideoJockey2002 from United States, February 19, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.
Problems burning LightScribe label to CDR. Does LightScribe label to DVD-R without problems.
I used Hewlett Packard branded CDR discs and Hewlett Packard branded DVD-R discs.
The GSA-4166B wouldn't recognize a LightScribe CDR unless I rebooted the computer with the disc in the drive. Without a computer reboot, Nero and SureThing CD Labeler software would both report that the medium was not recognized as LightScribe. A reboot would solve that problem but only for burning a label to that particular disc. To burn a label to another CDR required another computer reboot. Didn't have any problem with the HP DVD-R discs. I could burn a label to one after another without a computer reboot.
Reportedly this LG GSA-4166B drive is also rebadged and sold as Hewlett Packard dvd840. The HP dvd840 is not readily available in the United States although it seems to be sold at many vendors in Europe. I got the LG branded GSA-4166B at Sam's Warehouse Club in the United States.
Hewlett Packard dvd640 users and HP dvd740 users also report this CDR LightScribe problem while they, too, have no problems burning a LightScribe label to DVD-R and DVD+R.
My LG drive seemed to burn the data side okay although it often made clicking sounds like the laser sled mechanism was having problems of some sort.
I took it back to the store because of the LightScribe CDR problem and because of the strange clicking sounds that I predicted would only get worse.
HP and LG are mostly ignoring the problem. They blame everything under the sun: media, LightScribe engine, labeling software and the users themselves.
With so many users reporting the same difficulties, I think I would have to presume it's either a media or hardware problems (or both).
Comments posted by VideoJockey2002 from United States, February 14, 2006. Rated this writer 5 of 10.
So far this baby has burned everything great! I have used TDK, Memorex,Fujifilm,Imation and Prime Peripherals media. They all worked great. Strange thing is, its burning 2.4x rated Memorex DVD+R DL media at 4x! Gonna try some more brands on it and see what happens. Im running the 1.01 firmware btw.
Comments posted by Tom from United States, February 03, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Version 1.00 firmware. Doesn't recognize Ritek G05 as 8x media, burns at 4x. DVD's burned in this burner are not recognized on half of my DVD players. The same media burned on a GSA-5120D plays on everything.
Comments posted by John Q from United States, January 17, 2006. Rated this writer 1 of 10.
This is a fantastic drive.
Also your listing shows that it only writes 4x on dual layer media. This is incorrect. I just received firmware 1.01 and it writes 8x DVD+R DL and 6x DVD-R DL...
Comments posted by Ricky from United States, December 15, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Took back the SONY 800A for this beauty, also does DVD-Ram and great Lightscribe. Outstanding.
Comments posted by Ronnie from United States, October 31, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
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Original Equipment Manufacturer.
The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.
Write support / Read support
DVD-R = Works
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.