LG GWA-4164B DVD Writer

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LG GWA-4164B

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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 Maxell 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 NewStar Digital 4xDVD-R (INFODISC-R01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Plextor 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKP01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 SmartBuy 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD-R (TTH02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (YUDEN000T03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Fast Burning of any medias. Unfortunately minimum speed for CD-r is 10X, a bit fast for burning audio.
The drive is flimsy, and access to disc is slow (25-45 seconds) especially with discs formatted with InCd.

Comments posted by nicolas from France, November 29, 2006. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

First DVD I tried to burn was an HP DVD+R DL 2.4x (CMC MAG.D01) using ImgBurn (http://www.imgburn.com/) set for MAX write speed. I got a coaster. I think may have been because ImgBurn was exceeding the 2.4x that the HP media is designed for.

Next I tried a Sony DVD+R 16x (SONY....D21) with ImgBurn set for 2.4x and this succeeded.

Next I upgraded the firmware to v.E113, A04 07/19/2006


then I tried another HP DVD+R DL with ImgBurn set for 2.4x and this time it worked flawlessly!

Comments posted by NS from United States, November 25, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.

You may like to investigate the following link for the firmware:


Use at your own risk.

Comments posted by rgl from Canada, June 19, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.

To g fresh: same writer that I flashed to a GSA-4166b. No known negative issues with the burner since the flash, but two things to keep in mind; (1) ONLY flash from the LG website (www.lgusa,com), and (2) flash to GSA-4166b will allow DL burning with Verbatim DLs. I've had no luck prior to and after the conversion with Ridata + or - DLs. A side note is that in it's original incarnation as a GWA-4164b, the unit would read and write to DL, but only Verbatim. Ridata failed 9 of ten tries, and I never tried Memorex. I flashed the drive to gain RAM capability. Finally, don't count on Dell to solve anything; their job is to sell new parts and services. My next computer will be one I put together myself. Good luck with the flash; just follow the instructions and if you have a disc in the drive, remove it prior to starting the proceedure.

Comments posted by William Shriner from United States, May 09, 2006. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Got a HL-DT-ST GWA4164B (OEM) with my Dell XPS 600.
Burns all tried media beautifullly (100% out of like 12 burns) at correct speeds, except it DOES NOT SUPPORT DUAL LAYER BURNING AT ALL.
From my sales receipt : "Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/ dbl layer write capable"
From my chat w/ XPS support: "I have checked with the expertise technicians and found that HLDS drive doesn't support Dual layer burning." & "we are working on the issue." & "Once our L2's give any updates then we will update it in the support site".
I don't know how I can rate this, but don't buy one from Dell expecting dual layer. Considering taking William's approach- is this definitely the same drive?

Comments posted by g fresh from United States, May 09, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.

Supplied with my Dell Dimension E510 purchased 11-'05. This burner's read speed is slow by most standards but has been ultra-reliable and plays everything error-free, making it perfect as the source drive for disc backup. Nero "Test Drive" shows read curve and rpm to be smooth and well controlled. Recently upgraded (via the LG website) to a GSA-4166b with download of 1.02 firmware update (specified for model GSA-4166b only, but is totally safe for download to GWA-4164B). Read speed was not improved, but the firmware download effectively transformed the drive to a GSA-4166B, which is how it is now identified in my computer (properties & hardware manager) and in accessory rip and burn programs. Drive now reads, plays, and records DVD-RAM as well as +R/RW, -R/RW, and Verbatim + RDL media (-RDL not tried). Write speed is very good, approaching 10.70x average with Verbatim + or - R and about 9.3x average with Fuji (Ricoh) -R 4.7G, briefly exceeding 15x with either. To date, these are the only + or - R media used since the firmware update. Ridata 2.4x -RW and 4x +RW media perform as advertised. Unit is my sole internal IDE burner, jumper set to master and operates well with DVD 43, DVD Decrypter, DVD Shrink, 1 Click DVD Copy & DVD Copy Pro, DVD Identifier, Nero Express 6.6.0, Sonic v7, and others. Excellent transfers to externally connected NEC ND-3550A and/or LG GSA-H10A via USB to IDE cables.

Comments posted by William Shriner from United States, April 26, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I stuck with the region 2!
A firmware for regio free is really appreciated

Comments posted by chizawa from France, February 18, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.

Alguem tem o firmware para desbloqueio regional deste drive? o meu esta bloqueado area 4.

Preciso da Sua Ajuda.

Um Abraço


Comments posted by pvscardoso from Brazil, February 02, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.

Very slow drive; Besides, mine no longer recognizes DVD+RW.
I feel real bad about this drive : have been 20 years in computing and it is the biggest disappointment I ever had;

Comments posted by Rod from France, January 29, 2006. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

Anyone have LG GWA-4164B firmware region free update?
I am stuck in region 1.

Comments posted by NUSTech from Singapore, December 13, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

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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)

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