Sony DRU-510A DVD Writer

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Sony DRU-510A


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Chipset:TI/Sony
24xCDR ZCLV
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4xDVD-R CLV
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EIDE, 8MB
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
2 01ne 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 3t PRO 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Accu 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Accu 1xDVD-R (LD01........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Apple 4xDVD-R (MXL RG02....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Arita 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Arita 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 AVB 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BeAll 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 2xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Bulkpaq 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
2 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 CompUSA 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 CompUSA 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Cyclone 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datamart 4xDVD-R (............) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite 2xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Classic 2xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Classic Red 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Red (V2) 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Red (V3) 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Digital Matrix 4xDVD-R (INFOSMART01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 DVDPro 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 E3Works 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 EMTEC 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 eProformance (epro) 2.4xDVD+R (PRODISC.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fortis 4xDVD-R (ONIDTECH....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2xDVD-RW (MCC 01RW11n9) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Fujifilm 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Fujifilm 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Fujifilm 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 GQ (Great Quality) 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 4xDVD+R (LD......S03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 8xDVD-R (MUST 003....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hi Space 2.4xDVD+R (MPOMEDIA001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HQ 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hypermedia 4xDVD-R (AN30........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Hypermedia 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation SoHot 2.4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Infiniti 2xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 IOTA 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Laser 4xDVD-R (AML.........) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Laser 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Laser 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Laser 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Lead Data 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Legacy 4xDVD-R (SONY04D1....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 LG 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 LG 1xDVD-R (LGE.........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 LG 4xDVD-R (LGE04.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
3 Liquid Video 2xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 MAM-E 2xDVD-R (MCIG01......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Matrix 4xDVD-R (............) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Matrix 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Matrix 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Maxell 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Medianca 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Melody 4xDVD-R (GSC002......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
16 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 11 good, 2 mixed, 3 poor.
2 Memorex 1xDVD-R (CMC MAG. CO.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
3 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Memorex 1xDVD-RW (ProdiscDVDRW) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Memorex 2xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Memorex 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 4 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
9 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 9 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 1xDVD-RW (RITEK000V11A) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 2xDVD-R (TAIYOYUDEN..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Mirror Platinum 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MMore 1xDVD-R (EuroDig-Disc) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mr. DVD 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nashua 2.4xDVD+R (SKYMEDIAR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Network 2xDVD-R (MCIG01......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Optodisc 1xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Optodisc 1xDVD-RW (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 2xDVD-RW (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Optodisc 2.4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Packard Bell 2.4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PC Club Generic 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 3 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Pioneer DVS-R47A 2xDVD-R (PVC001001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Playo 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Precisa 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Premium 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Primeon 4xDVD-R (VDSP.SAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 1xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Princo 2xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
7 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 5 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Prodisc 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ricoh 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 RiData 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiDisc 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 RiDisc 4xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
11 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 10 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Ritek 2xDVD-RW (RITEKW01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Shintaro 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Shintaro 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 SKC 1xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 SKC 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sky 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sky 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sky 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sonic 4xDVD-R (............) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Sonic 2xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sonic 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Sony 1xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+RW (SONY....S11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 4xDVD-R (SONY04D1....) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 StarLogic 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sunstar 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Supermedia 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Swisstec 4xDVD+R (POMSA0010R.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Taiyo Yuden 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-RW (TDK502sakuM3) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 TDK 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD-R (TTG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
2 TDK ScratchProof / Armor Plated 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Teon 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TopStar 4xDVD-R (POSG04......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TX (Think Xtra) 2xDVD-R (GSC001......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLife) 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLife) 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2xDVD-R (MCC 00RG200) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MCC.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+RW (MCC.....A01) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vivastar 2.4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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If your drive is dead with a flashing light and shows up in device manager as a "Boot DRU-510A" you might find a fix here:

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http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_file.php?site=tdb1&file=BOOT510A.ZIP
remain amused.
-nassor


Comments posted by T from United States, September 10, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





I bought this drive as a Sony DW14A OEM before upgrading. Everything has gone well (every firmware upgrade) until the lastest one. Now the drive only seems to burn DVDs at 1x (rather than 4x) and CDRs at 12x (rather than 24x). Tried newer versions of Nero etc but nothing has helped and it's really annoying. Any other suggestions?

Up until now, it's been a great drive... if putting an older version of the firmware on again doesn't work then it may well just be the drive dying. I have had it a long time and it's gets put through a fair amount of work.


Comments posted by g_whizzy from United Kingdom, January 24, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





I bought this burner in 2004, just before the prices of all DVD+-RW burners went down... I was using it with my Dell Dimension 4100 and it was working great! Rarely ever a coaster and quick burn speeds: I used mostly DVD+R's and CD-R's. I recently bought a Dimension 9100 and the burner DOES NOT FIT into the case. You can squeeze into the drive bay, but then when you close the front fascia on the computer case, the lid to the drive is covered and it will not open. This is because the Tray Lid on it goes all the way to the top of the driver. I have an external enclosure coming my way from acortech.com; hopefully that will at least allow me to burn discs until I come up with a better solution - most likely a new cheap DVD+R/RW burner.


Comments posted by Eric from United States, July 27, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Very disapointed. Got one, it died two months later. Took forever it get it repaired, then the second one worked, but it won't burn at 2x or higher without massive skipping. Have tried the drive on several computers and with several media types - all garbage. Same thing happened with the previous drive before it totally died. I recently bought a Plextor PX-712A and PX-716A for my work and they blow this drive out of the water. Avoid!!


Comments posted by Jeremy Morrow from Canada, June 18, 2005. Rated this writer 4 of 10.





Can someone tell me where to get a hack to de-regionalise this writer/player?


Comments posted by C.Porter from United Kingdom, April 13, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.






This is a great burner it has been my workhorse.
I have burned a couple thousand DVD's with this burner.

It is a little picky about media.

Ritek, Verbatim, TDK DVD-r's all worked fine.
Sonic was about 80% success for the DVD-r's

One thing I learned if the media worked it played in all of my DVD players after burning with the Sony 510a.
That has not been the case with other burners I have owned.

I have always updated my firmware to the latest rev.


Comments posted by jbunderwood from United States, March 07, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Try this tool...

http://www.sony-cp.com/dvdsurvey/en/index.html


Comments posted by Damian_C from Germany, January 26, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





hi
hope someone can help me, My sony 510a only reads at 2 speed. I've trid new film ware still reads at 2 speed
hope someone can help me!


Comments posted by Ross from Australia, January 26, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





I have always had problem with this driver. It came along with my new computer. Suddenly it stopped recording DVD-r's and gave me "PMA update failure" every time I tried to burn. Though I can burn CD-r's, but whats the point when I already have a CD-rw writer? It "worked" for about 2 months.

DONT BUY THIS WRITER, EVER!


Comments posted by Najk from Sweden, December 23, 2004. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





This is my first and only DVD writer. Bought it when it first came out for $350. Sounds ridiculous now that prices have dropped so much. I have been using the DRU510a almost 3 years. Have burned nearly a thousand DVDs/CDs and haven't had but one coaster - Starlogic 1X. REALLY BAD MEDIA. This unit has been in two different computers, too. I recently purchased some MCC 8X DVD media and they burn perfectly at 4X.

I guess one of these days I'll want to upgrade to faster writer or double layer, but I'll hang onto the Sony as long as it works.


Comments posted by GGRussell from United States, December 18, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





After wasting my time trying to get this drive to work properly for about a year I finally binned it and bought a cheap one from a much less well known manufacturer. It outperforms the Sony drive in every area. The Sony was a really poor piece of kit and tech support were hopeless. I will be very wary of buying anything from Sony again.


Comments posted by colin from United Kingdom, October 22, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





It rocked for 15 months. Now it is dead with the first dvd+r 8x disk.


Comments posted by Gerlinde from Belgium, September 20, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





hi this is joshuax ,still have my sony dru510a its still
going stong no problems . im using new dvds from
http://www.dvdsupply.com/. there perfect for backingup
the whole dvd movie, im still using the same software
dvd decrypter,regionfree,dvdshrink,it will back up the
whole movie it works great with sony dru510a.


Comments posted by joshuax from United States, September 10, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Thaught it was working fine until I started watching some of the discs I made - work fine for first hour or so, and then become increasingly pixelated until finaly unwatchable after around 1hr 45 mins - It is not the media as I have tried six different "quality" makes. It is not the encoding either as have played back encoded files prior to burning with no problem. Is not the player either as he discs suffer same symptoms on 3 other players and the drive itself! Other postrs please report if have same symptoms at the end of the discs.


Comments posted by blynd from United Kingdom, August 31, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





never had a problem untill i used datawrite 8* 4.7g discs
they just do not work i get a power calibration error


Comments posted by andyb from United Kingdom, August 02, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





hello readers, this is joshuax am reading excellent progress from all of you. sony dru510a is the best piece of equipment out there that i know ihave 1 too. it works great.please do not buy skc dvd it didnt work with any software that i used. im giving away all my secrets about dvd burning are you ready!!!!!!! 1.use dvd decypter,and region free at the same time.2.dvd2one to compress .3.use dvd shrink it will do the perfect job. the software im telling you works with the sony dru510a . there has been no problems with no coasters or any kind defective movies.ps. in www.circuit city.com theres dvds called liquid video works perfect in this process iam telling allofyou. the process is easy. has 1,2,3, the sony dru510a has not given me any problems what so ever,its the dvds that are manufactured defective. its not the equipment.its already 2yrs i have been using the sonydru510a.iam waiting for sonydru540a next month its bigger capcity it could be great but i have too test it.
too see if it can make larger movies. p.s. take my advice
it may work for you and learn from me a consumer. joshuax
thank you for reading my advice


Comments posted by joshuax from United States, June 21, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





the best


Comments posted by roberto from Italy, June 21, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Very happy with this burner. Bought from MWave.com for $160 in 2/04, based largely on comments at this web site. Have burned 30 - 40 dvds, some using DVD X Copy and DVD X Copy Xpress, on my HP Pavilion (3 years old, 128 mb memory, 1.1 g processor, Windows ME). It burns +, -, R, and RW with no problems. Brands I've used are CompUSA, Fuji, and Sony. All worked well. Sony has a newer, faster internal burner out (I think its the DRU 530A), but it wouldn't run on my o/s. This appears to be a proven performer.


Comments posted by Dasherat from United States, June 20, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Worked well at first with most media. Very few duds. After 4 months, I started to build a coaster collection. Hopefully the replacement willbe better. In the mean time. I have a Lite-on to play with.


Comments posted by HBG from Australia, June 02, 2004. Rated this writer 4 of 10.





I had been using this burner since 6 months ago. I could burn anything. The best thing about thing about this burner is...8 megs buffer. Most dvd burners just only have 2 megs buffer. So I could burn CD/dvd with high speed without any problems. For me this burner is the best for single layer DVD writer.
The only disadvantage is...no headphone lineout.



Comments posted by Gcloud from Malaysia, May 28, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





There is a new Firmware (1.1a) from www.Sony.jp. I've updated my drive but haven't burnt yet... I'll see. Can get it here: http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php


Comments posted by Damian_C from Germany, May 14, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Died after 8 months.

Have had this for 8 months and starts complaining about no media in cd or dvd burning mode. Sometimes it would take several attempts before it would finally recognize media.

After awhile it refused to read several blank media in succession. So I tried factory made media and it says no media in drive. I moved drive to a second computer with same results.

Talked to tech support and they were a joke. Basically they did not want to belive me.

Bought an NEC 2500a and put in the same machine and it has worked flawlessly for a month.

This Sony 510a is the ONLY cd type of drive that has ever failed on me, and it will be the last Sony product to do so.


Comments posted by Scotty from United States, April 11, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





I bought this burner about a month and half ago no coasters tryed different kinds of media so far burned at 4x no probelms great burner Sony! I am happy with my purchased.


Comments posted by Saddam from Other, April 11, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





GUYS BE CAREFUL WITH THIS DRIVE!!!!
I bought this drive last year and got an error when writing a disc. Then the light on the drive kept on flashing. The drive was screwed and I got a replacement.
Now 10 months on the some problem has occured on the replacement unit. On both occasions I wasn't using the best media. Last time it was EKA and this time it was Silver Mirror Platinum. These brands are bad but aren't the best. So for those who have this drive use high quality media otherwise the drive will do a wobbler like mine did TWICE!!!
(See my posting on June 2nd)


Comments posted by Raminder from United Kingdom, March 24, 2004. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





A dreadful piece of kit, far to fussy about mediam, can only get the reletively expensive RITEK GO4 discs to burn


Comments posted by Gulliver from United States, March 22, 2004. Rated this writer 1 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)


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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