LG GSA-H10A DVD Writer

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$50 5.5/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 HP 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 LG 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD-R (MXL RG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Media 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW21) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKP01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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This is an excellent reader and writer, the only real drawback being that it doesn't report C1/C2 errors for use with Nero DiscSpeed. However since I have another that does I can get some idea of the quality of its writing. It writes TY T02, CMC MAG E01, and Mitsubishi MCC004 best, but CMC MAG M01 adequately, and Ricoh JPNR03 badly, but I have never had a coaster with any of them. I have not tried any other discs. I can tell from use with EAC that it reads and corrects errors very well. It is not as good at writing CMC CD-Rs in my experience, but I use a Plextor for that, which does very well.

Comments posted by farfalle from United States, January 31, 2009. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

took out a samsung cdrw, plugged in the lg with the same leads and jumper settings. pc would not boot. changed jumper to slave, and now pc will boot but only sees the new drive, not the sony second one i left alone. can not read or write to any disc with it. not happy.

Comments posted by ob from United Kingdom, September 25, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.

I bought my LG GSA-H10A DVD RAM writer from Yemen and flashed it to version JL04 soon after buying it however, just like the original poster, since updating the firmware the drive will not read any CDs anymore. The CD spins up and the drive 'tries' to read it for a long time but no CD ever reads. I've tried to reverting to version JL03, JL02 and used the RPC-1 firmware of Dangerous Brother but they all have the same problem.

Any ideas? Any firmware that will work?

Comments posted by Ben from Yemen, September 08, 2006. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

I upgraded the firmware to the new one JL03, since then it can neither read nor write DVD.
Can someone help me?

Comments posted by Kwabena from Ghana, August 08, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.

I've got the external dual version of the LG GSA-H10A

Got a problem with the IEEE1394 reads on ROM disks.

It transpires that if the commercial DVD/CD-ROMS are produced with fat/file structure CDFS they will not play with a IEEE1394 connection (OS system hangs). However if the DVD/CD-ROMS are produced with fat/file structure UDF then they can be read by the OS.

Using the USB2 connection instead of Firewire does not reveal a similar misfunction as all DVD/CD-ROMS read OK.

Therefore I might conclude that the firewire/IEEE1394 chipset (OXFORD911) or firmware of the drive is malfunctioning in its inability to read CDFS file formats. USB2 is OK however but its really the Firewire connection that is preferable with WIN98SE OS.

Comments posted by Miklos from United Kingdom, July 06, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.

ok been using this for last week have done roughly 45 burns to cd and dvd and 2 1 ram burn and all i can say is its a great drive
been using lg drives for last 5 years and will contiue using them

good with ty ritek maxmax maxdata disk

i did flash to new firmware as soon as i got it but i always do that with any drive i have

cheers hope it help

was $55.00 hear in australia


Comments posted by vrsnoop from Australia, June 10, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.

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The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.

Write support / Read support
= 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.

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.

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