Philips DVD8631 DVD Writer

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Philips DVD8631

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$100 6.5/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
2 Datawrite (Printable) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPND01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Playo 8xDVD+R (AML.....002) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 16xDVD-R (SONY16D1....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Teac 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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can´t save 96 sub-channel data for CD+G from cloneCD

Comments posted by fjuarez from Spain, January 08, 2008. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

As far as I can tell, this is only bundled with factory built PCs. Still, I feel I owe the makers of this fine drive a "two thumbs up" for this unit. It came with my Dell Dimension 4700. My main burning apps are DVD Decrypter and Nero 5.5. I highly recommend Memorex blank media for this drive. Between today and yesterday I have burned over 80 CDs and VCDs. Not one coaster. I have burned a countless number of single layer DVDs, VCDs and CDs with no problems (have not tested its double layer capabilities yet). Once, I even stupidly put in a blank that already had an adhesive paper label on it (do NOT use labels, use a Sharpie!), the label got caught and ripped to shreds within the drive, and I was afraid the motor had burned out. I took the drive apart, cleaned out the bits of paper, and even after that it still continues to work like it was brand new!
Please do not underestimate me when I say I am a HEAVY user of this drive. I am getting and burning new stuff all the time, yet the drive continues to perform flawlessly. I have had this for almost 10 months with absolutely no problems. If the 8631 ever actually dies on me, I will not hesitate to look for another Philips.

Comments posted by Michael from United States, November 29, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Works fine, automaticaly sets the BookType setting to DVD-ROM for better compatibility. Works best with +R media, not the best -R writer.

Comments posted by Ruben from Norway, November 14, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I bought mine combined with a Dell Dimension 5000.
The first one stopped working (XP Pro didn't even detect
it anymore) after 2 months of "not having been used to write anything". Traded it in and got another one. Which worked
OK for about 4 months. In that time I wrote about 15 DVD+Rs successfully (and 1 or 2 coasters). The last few weeks wrote about 7 coasters and 2 "reasonable" DVD+Rs (with PI errors, and jitter) and 1 good DVD+R. For some reason refuses to
upgrade to CD30 firmware (from CD21). Switched from Sonic to Roxio Easy Media Creator to Nero 6 reloaded. With no improvement. I am throwing it out.
Causes : heat ? vibrations from noisy fan ?
don't know.

Comments posted by Henk from Belgium, September 30, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

After 2 firmware upgrades, finally burned DVD from MCE2005 recorded TV(made many DVD coasters). Occasionally PC can't find drive, but reboot fixes problem. Works great w/Nero6 Ultra (must have MPEG2 DVD Plugin), DVD Decrypter, & DVD Shrink. Haven't tried DL-R discs (paid $30 but scared to try).

Comments posted by Nickey Young from United States, July 28, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Ok....... after getting scared reading that everyone having problems with the Philips 8631 (came with my Dell Gen4 XPS)I tested it out with many programs to much satisfaction. The only problems seem to arise is with MY SonicDVD Delux that I spent extra for when I bought the computer! What a waiste! Nero is soooooooo much better and compatible. I used Philips DVD+R 8x, Memorex 8x, TDK 8x, Verbatum 16x, Memores DL 2.4x, Taiyo Yuden 8x with very happy results NO COASTER so long as I use anything other than MySonicDVD Delux! It's a program issue not a burner issue....... and all the media I used are +Rs and +RWs........ haven't tried the -Rs cause my stand alone DVD player works fine with the +R(W)s Am I happy with this burner???? YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! 100%...... IT DOES EVERYTHING I INTENDED IT TO DO WHEN I BOUGHT THE COMPUTER AND MORE!

Comments posted by IvanHoe from United States, June 23, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

The only reason this got a 9 instead of 10 out of 10 is because it doesn't work well with Ritek - media code R03 DVD+Rs. It's just a compatibility issue with all drives - some media works/burns better than others. Other than that it is fantastic. I got a little anxious when I came across many posts in forums/websites about problems with this drive (bad batch) but I have not had any problems with this drive at all.

ALso, updated the firmware twice without any problems (turned off a few running applications to avoid problems - internet, antivirus, etc turned off/disconnected). GD30 is the latest firmware (as I type!). It's a good idea to update firmware as drives have a list of the media they can burn and as new media comes out, drives need to be updated to include them.

I would recommend 8x certified MCC 003 (Verbatim, some Datawrite and some Bulkpaq) discs and MBI PG101 R04 (Imation - made in India) for this drive. I personally prefer MCC as opposed to MBI simply because MCC (Mitsubishi Chemical Company) are well known for good Media quality. Some have said MCC 003 doesn't match the quality of other MCC media such as MCC 002 (4x certified) and 004 (16x certified) but I have had no problems using MCC 003 with this drive.

Both the MBI and MCC work on the DVD Player in my brother's room which doesn't play back DVDs unlock they are burnt near perfect. They work flawlessly and they show PI Errors of average 10 and no PI Failures (using Nero CD-DVD Speed media quality test).

Comments posted by Dave from United Kingdom, June 17, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Both SL and DL Verbatim disks burn without problems.

Only problem I've had so far is that the computer tends to 'lose' the drive, but a quick re-boot brings everything back to normal.

No problems to report as of yet.

Comments posted by Merlin DePeel from United States, May 30, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Just got the drive in my Dimension 8400 and so far it's fine. I've read the comments here that it doesn't work, but mine is fine. I'm using TDK 8x DVD-R media with no problems. Haven't tried dual-layer because of price. Not concerned with -RW because I backup to FW HD so only need to burn -R.
Under properties in WinXP on details pane it states 9D03 after model number (assuming this is revision).

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

Philips 8631 came with Dell 4700,burned 5 dvds with recordnow! everything was fine ,working on #6 and loaded disc to make exact copy prior to burning and finished saving then prompted to load blank prior to burn,i did,then drive would not recognize that a blank is installed,making noise in dvd drive ,anyone know what gives?

Comments posted by Todd from United States, March 06, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

8631 burner came with my Dell XPS Gen 4 machine. Can not burn DL disks at all. Dell sent new burner. No change. Have tried Pinnacle Studio 9 +, Sonic MyDVD 6 Deluxe and U-lead Studio 8 to try to burn 5+ GB projects. Have tried several suggestions from software companies and users. ALL to NO avail!!!

Comments posted by dpr01 from United States, March 04, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

Updated my Dell (Philips 8631) with CD21 firmware. Tried 3 burns with tyg02, ritek g03, plus and minus. None of them play correctly on my standalone units. Kprobe shows scans of .12 avg pif, which should be great, but won't play on standalone. All my other burners produce playable dvd's. Called Dell and having them change out the drive. I won't get another philips!

Comments posted by Rob from United States, March 01, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I can't seem to get this to burn anything. Having a frustrating time. It came with my Dell 8400 System. How are you able to do this so easy. Read everything I could to burn a DVD. I even bought DVD XCopy Deluxe, thinking maybe if I had a better program, but to no avail. I don't know what to do. The first thing I will do is get rid of DVD XCopy Deluxe and get my money back. I am not savy on this subject. Thank you for listening(reading). Best Regards, Gloria

Comments posted by Gloria Bouchard from United States, March 01, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

Have Philips DVD8631 on a Dell Dimension XPS. Have not been able to write to DVD -RW media, despite drive being labeled DVD +-. Dell tech support has been ineffective in explaining why the drive will not write to -RW media.

Comments posted by apvinj from United States, February 23, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

Came with Dell dim 4700.
Maximum write speed is 8X only (using Nero6, there is no option for 12 or 16x).
Buy 4x media since it writes on 8x.
I try to flash the firmware with Benq but it says drive is not supported.

Comments posted by minx from Canada, February 04, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I have the Philips 8631 (came on my dell 8400). I updated the firmware to BD10 from the dell site. I'm getting great burns on +r and -r media, and the bitsetting works great. Checked my burns with kprobe, and no pif's over 3. I've used various media with no complaints. Haven't tried dual layer yet. Waiting for media prices to come down.

Comments posted by Rob from United States, January 21, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

This writer came with my Dell 8400. So far works very good. I made original DVD-video, copied DVD video and produced audio- and data CD's. No problems. I changed the original Sonic software (which came with the computer) with Nero, which I prefer strongly

Comments posted by Pieter from Netherlands, December 15, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

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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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