Lite-On SHM-165H6S DVD Writer

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Lite-On SHM-165H6S


OEM:
Lite-On
Chipset:Mediatek
48xCDR CAV
24xCDRW ZCLV
16xDVD-R CAV
6xDVD-RW ZCLV
4xDVD-RDL CLV
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EIDE, 2MB, LightScribe
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$60 9.6/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Daewoo 4xDVD+RW (DAXON...D42) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Imation 16xDVD-R (OPTODISCR016) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Matrix 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 16xDVD+R (SONY....D21) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Staples 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (RITEK...R05) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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WELL THAT FIRST BURNER IS UP OVER 2500 BURNS AND I HAVE PURCHASED 3 MORE OF THE SAME NOW!! ALL BURNING GREAT ON WHATEVERS ON SALE AT STAPLES (HP,SONY,STAPLES)ALL AT 16X SPEED I'M ABLE TO BURN A 2200MB DVD VIDEO FILE AND VERIFY IT IT ABOUT 7MIN. FLAT ON ALL 4 BURNERS AT ONCE!! I CAN EVEN BE BURNING A DIFFERNT FILE ON EACH DRIVE AT SAME TIME AND ALL WILL BE DONE UNDER 10MIN.WITH VERIFICATION, MY ERROR RATE IS AT 1 IN 35 AND THAT MAY BE DUE TO MEDIA OR BACKGROUND PROGRAMS RUNNING ,HEY YOU CANT GO WRONGE WITH THIS DRIVE!! ALL BURNS ABOVE ON DVD-R DISKS!


Comments posted by FAST ED from United States, November 23, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





GREAT BURNER, GREAT PRICE, QUICK SHIPPING, BURNT 1500 DVD-R SO FAR MAYBE 25 FAILS, PROBABLE DUE TO MY COMPUTER OR CHEAP DVD MEDIA! MOSTLY STAPLES,HP,IMATION,PLAY-O DVD-R.
GETTING 2ND ONE THIS WEEK!!

PRCED AT $32.99 AT WWW.NEWEGG.COM 3 DAY SHIP FOR $5.64

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106019


Comments posted by FAST ED from United States, August 01, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





@ Curtis Martello

The latest firmware can be found at the following link. Just select "Optical Drive" and the model. http://us.liteonit.com/us/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=75

Actually, I haven't update my firmware sine I purchased the writer. The version that I have on it now is HS06.exe from 12/05. Te latest offering is HS0D.exe which was released 5/06. I'm preparing to update as soon as I finish typing this comment.


Comments posted by Organ_Shifter from United States, June 20, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I just discovered by chance - This drive apparently features, in HARDWARE, the "DC Erase" function! Some of you might have read about DVDInfoPro and Nu Tech's drives being able to "restore" a DVD media to its factory state. This is shown by viewing the recorded disc after a standard erase (it still appears to have data) and a DC erase (it appears blank, factory state.) Using Nero CD-DVD Speed's Erase function, the drive has appeared to do exactly that on all RW media I've tossed at it! Way to go!

As a burner - Kick a**. Burns every piece of media I've tossed at it with the only exception being some ancient 2X CDRW media. (Hey, who uses that anymore.) Sometimes gives me write errors on DVD+R DL media, but very rare. Also seems to be limited to "Pengo" branded media. (Avoid it.) All in all an excellen drive, and the LightScribe capability ROCKS!


Comments posted by Flint from United States, June 13, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Where can I get the correct firmware for this drive. I have XP which sees the drive just fine. I just bought it this weekend and I cannot seem to format or burn DVD+R 8X disc. I'm using Nero and it tells me the disc are not compatable. I have tried DVD+R 8X, several brands. All the write ups sound wonderful, I just am not there yet.

Help


Comments posted by Curtis Martello from United States, April 10, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





....great drive!......bought at staples i/o magic rebadge. everyone on every other sites forums said ...make sure you get the benq... i was in a hurry and needed a burner, so purchased the liteon anyway. guess what,this burner rocks!!! updated the firmware and this thing has read and burned every type of media. made 15 burns yesterday, all turned out perfect. going to buy another one today. at 47.00 and change, with the 12% off coupon out the door...... this is a great deal.....way to go liteon!, and staples.


Comments posted by p-king from United States, March 25, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





I've only had this drive about 3 days but so far it's excellent. I replaced an LG brand drive because the LG couldn't successfully scribe labels to CDR. This LiteON has no troubles at all scribing labels to CDR and DVD-R.

I've had about 8 LightON burners counting this one. I've put them in every computer in the house. I burn well over a thousand discs per year and my kids burn about a thousand so a couple of the drives either got too old to please me (too slow) or wore out.

This drive, after 3 days, has impressed me as the best LiteON I've ever owned. Noisy? No. They seem to have conquered the noise problem in this particular model. Even at 48X CDR burn speeds and at 16X DVD-R speeds, this drive is relatively quiet compared to other LiteON's I've owned.

This SHM-165H6S "goes to work" faster than I'm used to. By that I mean inserted media is recognized and the LED stops blinking in a very short time compared with what I'm used to. Also, when burning in Nero, this drive will switch modes quickly between LeadIn, Burn, LeadOut, Eject, Auto ReInsert, and Verify faster than any other drive I've owned. The tray is also quieter than my other LiteON's when ejecting and inserting and the tray still moves fast.

I can't report on C1 and C2 errors because I don't do those kinds of quality checks. In the past, I bought other brands of drives based on those types of "burn quality assessments" and they have been misleading. I've bought drives reported to burn well (as measured by C1 and C2 errors) yet when I get those models installed, I find that the burned discs don't play well in some of my older CD and DVD stand alone players. For the most part, LiteON drives don't let me down. If I use a LiteON drive and MAM-A (Mitsui dye) media, even my Jeep's old CD player will spin 'em and play 'em and rock my world.

I also like the fact that there are so many 3rd party utilities available to tweak LiteON drives. Now, there's even one to directly modify the Region setting for DVD.


Comments posted by VideoJockey2002 from United States, February 19, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I bought this drive on Newegg.com and got some HP DVD-R from Staples. The drive is not seeing this disc. Can anyone reccommend a brand of DVD-R that will work with this drive?

BTW, I am running Win2k Pro... Could this be the problem?


Comments posted by Mack from United States, February 17, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





Does anyone know how to format DVD-RAM media in this drive for use in Windows XP? I updated the firmware to the latest rev, and tried to format the media. I get "Windows was unable to complete the format" when using the Windows built in format.


Comments posted by Flint from United States, February 08, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





This drive is fantastic. It burned beautifully at 16x on cheap FujiFilm DVD+R 1x - 16x media (4.7GB). The Lite-On SHM-165H6S handled it without any issues. The movie quality turned out great. I didn't run into any problems near the end of the DVD+R as the project finished up nicely.

I returned a Samsung DVD-RW TS-H552U 1 weeks ago because I kept getting a message informing me that the same FujiFilm media wasn't certified, so it only burned at a maximum speed of 4x (which prompted me to exchange it for the SHM-165H6S).

I created my own personal, LightScribe label a few days ago and it turned out awesome. Using "SureThing CD DVD Labeler Deluxe" (not included), I was able to create a collage with four different pictures on the free, LightScribe CD-R that came with the drive. Inserting the disc with the label side down, it took 18 minutes for it to complete. I consider that to be pretty good considering that I beamed the print at best quality, full disc, and with multiple pics. :)

I purchased this drive Wednesday Jan, 27 2006 and have successfully completed at least twenty, 4.7GB burns cleaning out portions of my hard drive. I haven't had a failed burn yet.

If anyone is looking to get a great DVD writer, look no further than Lite-On's Super All Write SHM-165H6S w/LightScribe technology. It gets the job done in high fashion.


Comments posted by Organ_Shifter from United States, February 04, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Anyone recommend media to use? I bought some Fujifilm the other day and it keeps giving me errors in DVD Decrypter and Nero saying Invalid media and Incompatible Format


Comments posted by Adam from United States, January 06, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.




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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)


Rating
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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