LG GSA-5120D DVD Writer

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LG GSA-5120D


OEM:
Hitachi-LG
Chipset:Renesas
40xCDR ZCLV
24xCDRW ZCLV
8xDVD-R ZCLV
4xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
12xDVD+R ZCLV
4xDVD+RW CLV
2.4xDVD+RDL CLV
5xDVD-RAM PCAV
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HDDVD-R
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HDDVD-RDL
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40xCD
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HDDVD
USB2, Firewire, 2MB
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$200 4.5/10
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I bought my LG GSA-5120D from TigerDirect on March05. It did well few DVD's, but after that it just stoped to read any disk.


Comments posted by mardim from Canada, March 21, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.







Comments posted by Tibi K from Romania, March 09, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





I bought my LG GSA-5120D from TigerDirect for $99 in Jan05. The drive was bundled with CyberLink PowerProducer and PowerDVD, NeroGold and INCD. I also visited the LG website to get the firmware updates(2 updates now available). I bought the drive so I could read DVD-RAM discs burned by my DVR E55. Prior to getting the firmware update, my laptop would sometimes have difficulty seeing the drive. I also found that I have to manually turn it off after the PC shuts down and back on prior to turning the PC on to make my system most stable. The firmware update seems to have fixed all the bugs.


Comments posted by Jim from United States, February 24, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Just bought this from tigerdirect for $99 a couple of days ago. I've burned a few dvds with it, at first I thought it was a POS. Turns out that, DVDXCOPY does not work with this burner. Am using CloneDVD and it works fine, made like 5 DVD's with no problem. There is a new firmware available on LG's website that supposedly should help fix the problem mentioned by the other post. Only cons I see with this burner is that it's kinda noisy. Pros is that it also reads DVDRAM, and has ports for both USB2.0 AND Firewire!


Comments posted by haplo from United States, January 20, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Bought this recorder in order to Burn DL media.....

Tried every possible way to burn DL's.... Used Verbatim DVD+R DL 2.4x media....

It burns them ok but the discs either don't play or they freeze at the layer change (L0 - L1).....

I tried with nero, dvd decrypter and various programms....

LG MUST release a firmware Upgrade and get rid of the useless A104....

DON'T BUY IT unless new firmware come along....


Comments posted by Stelios from Greece, November 04, 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)


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The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.


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