Samsung TS-L532A DVD Writer

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Samsung TS-L532A

Slim EIDE, 2MB
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$125 2.4/10
9 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Datawrite Titanium 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Titanium 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Titanium 16xDVD-R (TTH02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Dynex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Intex 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (MBIPG101R05) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD-RW (TDK601saku..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I've been using this dvd writer for nearly 2 years on my Asus laptop, this writer is good at cd burning, but when it comes to dvd-burning and reading,i think it's totally crap. Mine's firmware is TI51 but i found the firmware upgrade, and upgraded it to TI94 but nothing changed. I wasted 5 dvds to burn a data dvd, it burns but it doesn't recognize them. this is the place where i downloaded the upgrade, i hope it helps you..

Comments posted by TonyS from Turkey, November 12, 2007. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

My TS-L532A came with a Gateway laptop and I have so far found mixed results. Imation 8x DVD-R's seemed to burn fine but would not play correctly on most DVD Players. I then switched to Philips 8x DVD+R's and I have had great success with them. Once I ran out of those I decided to try Memorex 16x DVD+R and have had no success. They seem to burn fine but no player will recognize the disks. Not sure if the problem is the write speed or the brand.

Comments posted by RD from United States, April 27, 2006. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Never works to burn a dvd and the burn speeds are slower than advertised, on both cheap and good media, used fujitsu 8X and some off brand and neither would burn

Comments posted by gmiller from United States, February 26, 2006. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

Got mine in Acer Aspire 3023 laptop. So far big problems with drive. Burned fine Verbatim 8x DVD+R disks, but Verbatim 16x DVD+R is no go when burned at 8x. Failed to burn iso-image to disk, burned 90% and then "write failure, try another disk". Other one was burned with success, but i have no drive which could read disk without freezing, jumping all over the disk etc....Luckily i have desktop PC with NEC burner :), don't have to waste disks with this piece of crap.

Comments posted by Tuomas Paasiala from Finland, February 09, 2006. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

I have had a few issues with this drive in that I have to drop the burning speed to 4x speed for any dvd+/-r media inserted, as if you burn at 8x, the disc becomes very jumpy when played back either on the drive, or on any dvd player.

On a couple of occasions, it has detected that Verbatim 8x dvd-r was only a 2.4x disc, so took 25 minutes to burn.

Also, burning Datawrite Titanium 8x dvd+r Printable discs (Prodisc R03), it gets to about 75-95% complete, then locks up. Discs burn fine on my desktop pc with both a Sony DW-Q30A and a Benq DW1610 drive, so I can only suspect the drive does not like the discs.

I also hate the fact that there is no firmware update available for this drive as it is an OEM drive, and have contacted Samsung, who say I should contact the supplier of my laptop (Novatech). Novatech does not have an updates firmware for this drive. It is running firmware TI51.

Comments posted by Rich Mayes from United Kingdom, February 05, 2006. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

3 Maxell 8x DVD-r's at 8x didn't work well. 1 failed during burning process. 2 others have problems being read.

1 Maxell 8x DVD-r at 4x didn't work well. It has problems being read.

1 DVD-RW at 2x worked ok.

Haven't tested any DVD+R's yet.

So far this thing is a piece of crap and can't beleive my new Gateway 7426GX comes with this thing. Thankfully still under warranty so I can bitch. Although quite disappointed that I have to go through this trouble... What's the point of getting a pre-built machine if they don't test all their components.

So far didn't try any +R DVD's.

Comments posted by Frank from Canada, December 21, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

I cannot recommend this writer for DVDs. I am able to burn and then read them in OTHER DVD readers, but NOT in the L532A!!!!! This is not good for backup and restore.

I have tried Maxell and Laser DVDs which work 100% in 2 of my other burners one an OEM in a Dell PC.

I understand there may be some quality control issues with this model. Some users report the same problem I have. Works OK with CDs, just don't count on it to work with DVDs.

Comments posted by G E from Australia, November 26, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I got this drive in my laptop from gateway. does not do dual layer even though everyone says it will. mine is a dual format. cant find any firmware for it anywhere and gateway doesnt have any other firmware...

Comments posted by studmonkey76 from United States, August 20, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I've got the Samsung TS-L532R with my HP Pavillion laptop - only writes DVD-R @ 4x on all the media I have tried, Samsung don't supply firmware upgrades for the HP OEM version - and HP haven't got anything :-(

Comments posted by John from United Kingdom, August 10, 2005. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

On Fedora linux distributions don`t write CD-RW 16-24x ultra speed.

Comments posted by sasa from United Kingdom, July 24, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

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= 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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The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.

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