Memorex True 8Xn Dual V2 Internal DVD Writer

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Memorex True 8Xn Dual V2 Internal


OEM:
NEC
Chipset:NEC
32xCDR ZCLV
16xCDRW CLV
8xDVD-R ZCLV
4xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
8xDVD+R ZCLV
4xDVD+RW CLV
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$150 2.0/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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About 75% failure rate. Updating bios did nothing to improve things. Memorex says there is no problem and won't give me an RMA unless I put it back in the PC and diagnose it with them (which is reasonable I guess) But I have already gone through it with them once.
Anyways the unit fails with +RW +R and -R using Memeorex brand Media.
NOTE: This unit seems to burn successfully but the discs are no readable.
Note 2: This is model 3202-3269. Black face with silver tray.




Comments posted by Jim Torlai from United States, May 10, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





An addendum to what I wrote:

First, I should clear up a couple of errors I made. It appears that all three types of this drive share the same part number (even though they come from different manufacturers). The support page for firmware updates is sufficiently disorganized to make it appear that there are three part numbers for True8X drives, when that is not the case. Support for this drive from Memorex is very bad to non-existant.

Second, the OEM version of Nero6 in the box IS version upgradable, though it will remain an OEM version unless you pay for a full version serial number. In my early attempts I could not get this to happen, but finally did after carefully monitoring the update from the downloaded file (and making sure it found the previously installed OEM version).

Finally, this brand (Memoriex True8X) is starting to appear in large numbers. Be VERY CAREFUL not to buy Version 2 of this drive. If you want to try it, don't buy online -- go to a store. Here's why:

I believe that there's no official way to tell the difference between the versions before you buy, but it does appear that the manufacturers use very different types of serial numbers (printed on a sticker on the bottom of the box). The one I bought and returned had a serial number starting with the letter N. When I compared the boxes on the shelf, many of them started with N, but several did not, and those serial numbers were printed in an obviously different font.

Hope this helps somebody avoid the pains I went through with this piece of junk...

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Comments posted by Rick Prescott from United States, May 24, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.







Comments posted by Bob Z. from United States, May 23, 2004. Rated this writer 2 of 10.





Bought this at Best Buy ($129) to replace my previous HP drive. It has been nothing but trouble, and I'm returning it. Here's a partial list of the problems:

1. The part number printed on the box did not match the drive inside -- leading me through all sorts of confusion when trying to upgrade firmware and bundled software. (There are THREE different drives marketed as Memorex True8X, from three different manufacturers.)

2. The software install led to very ugly crashes on every boot. I had to uninstall the whole thing, run the NERO cleaning utilities, then install each part one at a time until I got a stable install. Most of the software that came in the box was therefore unusable.

3. Before I realized it, the OEM version of NERO (6.3.0.2) overwrote my previous version (5.5.x.x) without asking -- thus wiping it out. The OEM version is NOT version upgradeable unless you pay Nero.

4. No bitsetting capability available.

5. Coaster after coaster on both DVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) and DVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1). On 50 writes, 10 coasters.

6. Memorex support site for this line of drives is very bad.

7. The tray feels cheap and flimsy -- like it could break off at any time.

My advice: do not buy this unit.


Comments posted by Rick Prescott from United States, May 17, 2004. Rated this writer 3 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 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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