LG GSA-H42L DVD Writer
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Good burner but lousy tech support. It has taken me about 5 months to figure out why I was getting BSOD in Vista when this burner was being used for DVD-RAM. No LG forum and I contacted LG tech support twice by phone and was given bad advice. First time they said it was likely a driver problem and that LG was working on a vista driver. After another couple of months I was told by a different tech contact (by phone) that drivers are the responsibility of Microsoft and that I should be contacting them for support. I got on the MSFT forum and learned how to use a registry modification to eliminate the Upper/Lower filters (whatever they are) and that solved the problem and the burner now works great.
So the problem never was with the burner per se, but I would think that LG tech support could have directed me to the right cause rather than misdirecting me.
Comments posted by Lee Beck from United States, July 16, 2007. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
I just love this writer, only paid £23 in the UK and it has not given me 1 single coaster after 200 burns. I used to have a TS-H552U and every time I put more than about half an hour on a DVD it would jump and skip in almost all standalone DVD players no matter what media I used and with all firmware updates done, this has been a real breath of fresh air and seems to burn pefectly on just about any media at 8x. I have read some negatives about its performance on CDR's at high speed, but I have not tried any yet so can't comment. If you are looking for a reliable robust burner for DVD's this drive is the dogs doodars!!
Comments posted by Kev from United Kingdom, June 09, 2007. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Like all of the Renessas chipset LGs I've owned this is extremely media tolerant for writing.
Can burn at 18x with many mediaIDs including MCC04, Sony.
Slow ripping with SL01 firmware. Hacked with MSCE to increase read speed, works great.
Comments posted by oldandinthe way from United States, April 11, 2007. Rated this writer 9 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.