NEC ND-6500A DVD Writer

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NEC ND-6500A


OEM:
NEC
Chipset:NEC
24xCDR CAV
16xCDRW ZCLV
8xDVD-R CAV
4xDVD-RW ZCLV
DVD-RDL
8xDVD+R CAV
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Slim EIDE, 2MB
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$200 8.4/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Budget 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Commodore 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Data Cell 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dataware 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD+R (RITEK...F16) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Fujifilm 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Maxell 16xDVD-R (ProdiscF02..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Memorex 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Mr. DVD 4xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Nexxtech 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 8xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (INFOME..R20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 16xDVD+R (RITEK...R04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Sony 16xDVD-R (SONY16D1....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 3 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TheTechGeek 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Traxdata 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Traxdata 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 X-Logic 4xDVD-R (DKM_01......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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This writer has worked fine on a variety of media, including DL disks, using firmware 203d (that's Dell, updated 03/2005) and Ulead DVD Movie Factory. However, I can't get two different types of 16x DVD media to burn - Sony and Memorex. Dell claims that the Sony's should work. Perhaps it is the burning software that is the problem? I wonder if Dell is slow on the firmware version, given the date.


Comments posted by Paul from United States, May 29, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.







Comments posted by Conn, Dublin from Ireland, January 01, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





@ Walther & other Toshiba users:

Bought this one for about 80 euro (US $ 90?) at komplett.nl
Toshiba support is bad for "obsolete" models (that's what they call 3 year old laptops!).

Had some trouble getting the drive to work in my Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600 because I had the GEN-version and my SP4600 did not recognize it...(controller even "disappeared").
SP4600 has two seperate controllers (so do sp2100 and sp6100) with seperate irq's (14&15).
Apperently (after extensive investigation on cdrinfo.com) it seemed I needed the GNR-version. GEN-version can be made GNR-version by flashing it reverse-ATA or soldering pin45&47 together(Not that the Reserve-ATA-method has less firmware support).
Now it works fine even on my "old" SP4600 with just a PIII-700

Bulk & Retail=GEN-version=CS
OEM=GNR version=Master/Slave


Comments posted by Gman from Netherlands, August 04, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





I got mine from dell I'm using it with Inspiron 700m. I got mine as a replacement to the old mulfunctioning one. The only problem with this drive is recording double layer DVD it only accepts verbatim and has rejected memorex and fujifilm. Does anyone have the link to the firmware to upgrade it to accept this other brands? NEC are very difficult to contact.


Comments posted by Mtukufu from United States, July 08, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





UPDATE:

After upgrading my firmware from 2.02C to 2.03D, the Dynex DL discs (RITEK...D01) worked fine.

Flashing the firmware was faster and easier than I expected. I made sure to back up the 2.02C with BinFlash before running the 2.03D GUI/wizard.


Comments posted by Josie Nutter from United States, May 25, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





I have been joyfully backing up my TV series DVDs with this drive in my new Dell Inspiron 700m for the last month+. I am currently working my way through a cake box of 100 Velocity (single layer) DVD+Rs (media code MCC.....003). They work fine.

I tried some Dynex 8.5GB DL DVD+Rs (RITEK...D01) and they did NOT work with this burner. Neither the latest version of Nero6 nor the RecordNow software that came with the laptop would have anything to do with them.


Comments posted by Josie Nutter from United States, May 24, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





No problems writing CDR's DVD+R (cheap unbranded ones).

Region free (RPC1) firmware for this drive can be found at:

http://tdb.rpc1.org/
or
http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_all.php

I have flashed my brand new Dell Precision M70 laptop with the firmware supplied by the Dangerous Bros (first link) without any problems (even using their Windows flasher).


Comments posted by happydell from United Kingdom, May 23, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Toshiba Satalite + Tectra laptop owners beware !!!
when you get an "IDE drive error #1"
after installing this drive.

Most Toshiba's do NOT have two IDE controllers, just one.
Port one = master = HD
Port two = slave = DVD/CD
Toshiba doesn't allow you to change anything
about those settings

NEC6500's are shipped as "master"
no switch or dipswitch present} to change to slave or CS

You either have to short pin 45+47 of the 50pin plug
( like i did ),
or use a bootable floppy with a program like binflash
Do a google before soldering, be very carefull.

Updated to hacked 2.23 firmware by The Dangerous Brothers.


Comments posted by Walther from Netherlands, May 10, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I just got this drive (refurbished) from DELL as a replacement for my failed one. It insalled easily, and Nero InfoTool shows Firmware version 2.02c.

I would like to upgrade to the latest firmware v2.24 from NEC. However the install instructions of this firmware warn that you can only update from Firmware versions 2.21, 2.22 & 2.23. Where can I find one of these earlier firmware? I googled it without success. Thanks for the help.


Comments posted by Sinan from United States, April 25, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





Have been using this on my Dell Inspiron 700M laptop since beginning of this year. Burning flawless DVDs of various brands and grades. Quality testing with KProbe and Nero CD/DVD Speed showing very good to excellent burns with Taiyo Yuden DVD-R. Takes slightly longer time to burn compared to my desktop NEC 3520A burner but I guess this is a laptop burner. Highly recommended for laptops.


Comments posted by Noodle from Australia, April 18, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I got this CD/DVD Writer with my Dell I6000D notebook. It works very well. It is quiet compared to other drives I have seen.
I tried burning Verbatim +R DL with 7.5 GB concert video. It worked like a gem in first try. No complaints.
I would recommend it.


Comments posted by Gadget_lover from United States, April 13, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





Very good machine for a laptop. I have tried a variety of 8x media and posted the results here: http://notebookforums.com/showthread.php?t=58603

I ordered this unit from Newegg.com a few months ago and highly recommend it.

Only thing it doesn't like is Optodisc 16x DVD-R White Inkjet Printable media and has some problems with PRODISC 8x DVD-R Silver Top Inkjet printable media.

Everything else works very well - some a a bit slower than others.


Comments posted by G-Omaha from United States, February 23, 2005. 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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