Lite-On LDW-401S DVD Writer

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Lite-On LDW-401S


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Chipset:Mediatek
40xCDR CAV
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$200 9.3/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
2 BestMedia Platinum 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BMI 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Generation 2 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ednet 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 4 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (MUST 001....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Lite-On 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MATCO 2.4xDVD+R (...........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Medianca 2.4xDVD+R (DDDessauV10) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Medion 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (INFOME..R20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Philips 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 0 good, 2 mixed, 0 poor.
1 ProMaster 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Ritek 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD+R (POMSA0010R.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 2.4xDVD+R (SKYMEDIAR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sonic 2xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sunstar 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Supermedia 4xDVD+R (AML.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tesco 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tevion 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Traxdata 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Comments
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The only reason this does not get 10/10 is because of the slow spin up and no DVD-R. However, I can now get DVD+R's I burn with this drive to play in my old APEX-AD600A by using LITEON's BOOKTYPE utility. I have had this drive since NOV 2003 (about $100 from NEWEGG which rules by the way). LITEON continues to provide new firmware and utilities, so I am really happy with their support. With over a year of ownership and moderate usage (1-3 burns per week) and NO COASTERS I can definitely recommend this drive. I have had problems with DVD+RW disks freezing for a few moments here and their during playback, but only when burned at 4X. If I burn them at 2.4X, they work fine. I am thinking that this may be a media problem (Memorex DVD+R 4X). I was planning to buy a new drive and give this one to my other half who doesn't have DVD in her computer. I am seriously thinking about just getting another 401. In any case, my next drive will definitely be a LITEON.


Comments posted by pinbyte from United States, January 15, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I have had this drive when it first came out and i will tell you i have not had one problem with this drive .
everything i throw at it has been rock solid.from making my own b/u to on the fly recording.I even have this drive running on linux Mandrake when i hot swap the hard drive.
I have had alot of cdroms and cdrw roms and have really been impressed with liteons quality in their drives.
every one i have bought is still working as good as when i first bought them.Thank you


Comments posted by big brother from United States, December 28, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I bought mine 401S in November 2003 in Wallmart for $98. The first unit went bad in December. I exchanged it for another one and never had any problems with the second unit.
Yesterday my 401S became 811S, thanks to Bryan from two posts below. Now I can burn -R/RW (if I need to), and also I can burn TDK 4x +R disks (and may be others) at 8x.
This is just great.


Comments posted by kabanero from United States, November 05, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





This is the first burner I have bought,as it was on special
and didn't know any thing about burning dvds I decided to buy it. Burnt a few coasters at first, until I descovered dvd shrink and nero.NO coasters since even though I only use the cheapest media I can buy. Seen where you can change it to a 411 and then to a 811. Be Very warey as when I Changed it to 411 it Failed,Thought I destroyed it forever,Thought wotthe heck and proceeded to change it to 811.thank god it returned to normal,THINK 10 times before atempting to do this upgrade.Haven't tried to Burn a dvd-r yet. HERES HOPING.


Comments posted by Daniel from Australia, August 15, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Those hacks you are looking for are here... Update your 401s to a 411s then to a 811s.

http://www.xs4all.nl/~wcprins/index.htm

Use at your own risk...


Comments posted by Bryan from United States, March 31, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I've had this Writer for just a few days, but I am very impressed. It is my first DVD burner and I haven't had any problems with it so far. I'm burning with Ritek 4x media and have only had 1 coaster (user error). I'd recommend this one to anyone. Another quality product from LiteOn.


Comments posted by pacoweaz from United States, March 22, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I have this drive for a week, seems a little bit problem witg 2x DVD-R (3 coaster, 1 succeed all Maxell). But very good with DVD+R (4 okay no coaster, all Arita). Read somewhere in the net, that we can patch the EEPROM and Firmware tp 411S to make it DUAL drive and it works!
Read again that we can even upgrade it further to 811S to enable burn with 8x speed. I try it and it works! now I have a dual 8x DVD writer with a single 4X price.
Viva Lite-On!


Comments posted by pije from Indonesia, March 18, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





superb piece of kit.........go buy 1.
no coasters with either dvd + or cd media.
very quiet very smooth yep it is a little slow on 1st read but what do you guys want for your money .

this is as good as burners get me thinks.

well done lite-on!!!!


Comments posted by hands-free from United Kingdom, March 15, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Made 5 dvd+r coasters and 1 dvd+rw coaster due to writing failures with the unit. Otherwise made 15 excellent discs. works great with my rca dual vcr dvd combo.


Comments posted by kevin from Other, March 02, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.







Comments posted by vrm from Sweden, February 29, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Well I got this drive at walmart for $49 . It didn't even the dvd's burnt on my 411s.. So I updated the firmware and then it works like a charm.

as for the 411 upgrade.. it didn't work lol

I gave this a 9 out of 10 a 10 would have been -dvd r support.


Comments posted by bishopx3368 from United States, February 24, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Good player, though doesnt support writing as ROM yet...this caused first movie to be "jumpy" when played.

Problem hopefully will be fixed in future Firmware, but for now its poss to upgrade firmware to that of the 411S...check out
http://liteon401s.front.ru/
but use at your own risk; noone at this forum or any other will take responsibility if it all goes wrong.

NB: this allows to write to +/- R ;)


Comments posted by Vivitron 15 from Other, February 07, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.







Comments posted by normanstephens from Other, February 06, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Well, after reading all the other comments, I knew this had to be a good writer. I couldn't understand why I couln't get it to write more than half a dvd before running into a communication error. I called tech support, and while they were eager to help, and friendly, couldn't figure out my problem either. After burning 20 new frisbees with Nero, CopytoDVD and the Roxio bundled software I was at my wits end and decided to try one last thing before throwing my new burner off a 12 storey building.

What I did was buy an internal IEEE Firewire PCI card and install it in my Dell L1000R. Then I took the QueFire external CD burner I had hooked up to my Mac laptop out of its external case and swap it with the Liteon 401s. I plugged in the firewire and presto! No more frisbees. It cost an extra 29.99 for the IEEE card (just about what I spent on frisbees) and a little ingenuity, but I finally got it. Plus, now I have an external DVD writer I can use with my PC as well (?) as my Mac (havn't tried it on the Mac yet...don't know if there's a driver available for it).

Anyway, since the people at Liteon had never heard of my problem before (401s could read, no problem, and they'd never heard of getting a writesector error in CopytoDVD) I'm going to assume not many people have run into this.

I still have no idea why the writer wouldn't work off the IDE cable, but I guess it's a mute worry now. But if anyone else ever has a similar problem, rest assured that you can probably do the same thing with your existing external writer (USB my work as well). All you need is an IEEE PCI card and an external case (you can buy just the case for pretty cheap if you don't have one).

Good luck, happy burnings...


Comments posted by Casson Hersh from Other, January 17, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I was very happy with my Lite-On LDW-401s. Burned 5 B/Us with out a problem. I then decided to upgrade the firmware to ES0J. DON'T UPGRADE TO THIS VERSION, IT SCREWS UP YOUR DRIVE. This version only allowed me to write at 2.4x no matter what media I through at it. On top of that if you were able to finish a b/u it skipped and froze horribly on my desktop DVD player.

I found a little utility that will allow you to rollback your firmware version.

http://digi.rpc1.org/flashfix.htm

I rolled back my firmware to ESOG and now works like a champ. It now records at 4x and I have no problem viewing DVDs b/u on my desktop DVD.


Comments posted by bahl from Other, December 27, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





This is my first DVD burner. I owned it for 2 months($103 in Hong Kong). I have burned one movie and 3 discs of my home video with Ulead Movie Factory. All of them (Imation discs)play back fine in all my Chinese-made DVD players. I connected this burner to my Dell notebook via IEEE1394 in external housing. A perfect combination. The computer said it was working in 4x but it took 25 minutes to burn a disc, adding the 1 hour initialization before that I need to spend one and a half hour to make a DVD. It is rather time consuming. It makes me consider buying a standlone DVD recorder.


Comments posted by mktong2002 from Other, December 25, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I am very pleased with this burner. It works perfectly with dvd+r(+rw) and cd-r(rw). It's superb ....


Comments posted by Mister T from Other, December 23, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





The new firmware (ES0J) has solved my problems with SKY DVDs.
With the old firmware (ES0G) there were very high error rates at the end of the DVDs (Check with KProbe). The old firmware already had no problems with Ricoh media. I only can recommend the writer. The only disadvantage is the missing Booktype-Setting.

Albert


Comments posted by diet_alb from Other, December 15, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Very good recorder. I had only one problem. I have encountered errors while recording data on AKOSS DVD+R disk. Recording speed was 2.4x. Errors were at the end of track (about 90% data was correct). I haven't had any problems with Phillips disks (+R and +RW both 4x). Disks are full compatible with Pioneer (old model - 1999/2000) player.


Comments posted by Grzegorz Stolecki from Other, November 27, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I have burned 9 movies on medianca dvd+r now and they have all worked perfect on my stand-alone dvd. I have also burned both data and audio cd-r on highest speed, and they have also worked perfect. Not one coaster so far.
All I can say is that this is a stable writer! Thumbs up!


Comments posted by sargad from Other, November 19, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Best drive so far, I recently owned the Plextor PX-708A, TDK
Indi DVD 440N, and the nec ND-1300A and this liteone drive is so much faster than all of the ones I previously owned. I know this site says it doesn't support dvd-r/rw but it does. I've drive dvd-r/rw and dvd+r/rw and both work fine. Even their web site says they support it. Their site stats ATAPI/E-IDE Half-Height internal DVD+R/DVD+RW/DVD-ROM/CD-R/CD-RW/CD-ROM combination drive. So this site needs to fix that, I haven't tried the rom yet though. But anyways this is the best burner yet for the money 100 bucks shipping and all, and not one coaster yet. Way to go liteone!!


Comments posted by CoB from Other, November 16, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I've had this burner for about 3 weeks now and am very pleased with it. I love the fact that it can burn cd-r at 40x. All but one movie that I've burned plays on all of my players. I can burn 2.4x dvd+r at 4x with no problems.


Comments posted by Ethan from Other, October 30, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





This is a very nice burner...I got mine from INTERNETISHOP for only $109 w/ a DVDXCopy software. The software itself have some problems but when I've used the Copytodvd software itworks just fine. I've burn about 3 movies now and it's just superb...the only problem I have encountered was the error writing to a +RW...it won't recognize the media I'm using which is FUJI DVD+RW but it works just fine on a FUJI DVD+R...hmmm...wonder what's wrong...anyhow, this is really a cool burner so I would suggest you get one..


Comments posted by Greg from Other, October 30, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I had some problems playing disks burned on the Liteon on my Hiteker standalone DVD player (BI600).
Purchased a DMtech DMP-300 and problems are gone!
Works fine with all (Ricoh) media and burns 2,4 speed disks at 4 speed without any problems. No playback problems on my DMTech player.


Comments posted by Henk C from Other, October 29, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Got it from NewEgg $97 delivered FedEx. I've used Lite-On cd-rw drives and have had excellent results consistently. This one is great! It is a bit slow to start up, but that's not a problem. And, this is one quiet drive. Bundled software in retail box isn't good. I've used DVDXCopy Xpress, but I prefer DVD Shrink and ImgToolBurn (also have Nero5.5). My standalone players read the discs without a hitch. Highly recommended...great price.


Comments posted by CoachDon from Other, October 28, 2003. Rated this writer 10 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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