Lite-On SOHW-1673S DVD Writer

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Lite-On SOHW-1673S


OEM:
Lite-On
Chipset:Mediatek
48xCDR CAV
24xCDRW ZCLV
16xDVD-R CAV
6xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
16xDVD+R CAV
8xDVD+RW ZCLV
4xDVD+RDL CLV
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$50 4.1/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BenQ 8xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ2) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 4xDVD+RW (DAXON...D42) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 16xDVD-R (DAXON016S...) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 4xDVD+R (INFOME..R20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Databank 8xDVD-R (GSC003......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite (Printable) 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Dynex 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 4xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Dysan 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Emgeton 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD+R (PHILIPS.C16) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD+R (PRODISC.R05) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 8xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+RW (MBIPG101W04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Konco Professional 8xDVD-R (POSG06......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Laser 4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Lead Data 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Legacy 8xDVD-R (GSC003......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (PRODISC.R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Nanya 4xDVD-R (NANYA-JC001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Office Depot 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Packard Bell 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Princo 2xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Prodye 8xDVD+R (DT-D03..004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 16xDVD+R (RITEK...R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sentinel 4xDVD-R (MBI 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 16xDVD+R (SONY....D21) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 16xDVD-R (SONY16D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 1 good, 1 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.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Comments
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Reads everything, won't write to DVD-R


Comments posted by lilfish from United States, January 11, 2007. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





So far so good..had no problems burning CDs and DVDs!

Using Verbatim Media and Mitsubishi Media..proud with my LiteOn!


Comments posted by Dinesh from Malaysia, June 08, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





For the firmware just go to: http:///www.liteonit.com/ODD/English/e_downloads/e_firmware_dvd%20rw.asp

Hope this helps !?


Comments posted by Paul Mwaponda from Kenya, August 12, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





I have never had any problem being able to "burn at all" or "at any speed". Made a pile of back-ups at 8x. I originally had software compatability issues with my back up program (One Click DVD Copy) but this was easy to resolve. The latest updated firmware (07) works fine. I have made a few coasters using AVB 8x DVD-R (TYG-02) media. Switched to Verbatim 8x DVD+R (MCC-003) with great results, and they are more compatable with my home DVD player too. This drive is much quieter and burns faster than my other Liteon combo drive. The only real problem that I have encountered with the drive itself is its poor ability to rip scratched DVDs that otherwise play fine on my home DVD player. But then again what do you expect for less than $60!


Comments posted by djondavid from United States, May 28, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





This is the first DVD writer I've encountered that just doesn't burn anything. It plays DVD's and I can get info from CD's but it won't burn them.

It fails even doing speed tests, very very disappointed with this product. I took it back to the store and swapped the drive thinking it's faulty and the second one does exactly the same thing.

The clerk said you needed to select the right medium type ie -R, CD. But it doesn't give you any options other than DVDRW or CDRW. My assumption based on the user manual this is not a double layer writer, which is the feature you need for this to work.

Bye bye Lite-On!

Hello Sony or Pioneer I've had great success with these drives.

BTW I'm using Digitrex DVD-R and TDK CD's and I've had no problems with all the mediums to date. That's using the Sony and the Pioneer. I've burn't heaps

Oh well, looked good on the box


Comments posted by Shaun from New Zealand, April 23, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





Installed this junk in place of a Sony DRU-510A, because the Sony has some write-problems. It did not work at all on my W2K system, although it was detected OK. Could not read or write anything. Replacement unit from the seller was exactly the same. I then installed it on a XP (SP1) pc, where it played exactly 1 audio cd, and would then read nothing more. I shall never buy LiteOn again.


Comments posted by Xyberbat from Netherlands, April 22, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





Using lates (05) FW and burning HP (Ricoh) 2.4x +RW and new Ridata 8x G05

Lots of errors and playable DVD skips. Also have NEC 3500 and all burns are fine from that drive on the same media.

Not impressed . . .


Comments posted by Simpson35 from United States, April 21, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.





I just got the drive and able to burn at 16x with verbatim 16x DVD+R media. It takes about 6 minutes 30 seconds to burn a full DVD. So far no coasters and my movies look excellent. I capture my movies using PVR-250, trasnferring from VCR. I am still using the current firmware JS02 that came with the drive. I am also able to play my DVD's on my portable Inital DVD player, and on my TV using CyberHome DVD player.


Comments posted by Mike from United States, April 02, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





A new firmware JS05 from codeguys is available for download. http://codeguys.rpc1.org/firmwares.html#SOHW-1673S.
There is also some discussion about this firmware at:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=131328&highlight=1673s

I upgraded my drive, but have'nt yet see any change.


Comments posted by morte from United States, March 28, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





Look forward for new firmware upgrade for SOHW-1673S at
http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_search.php
:-)


Comments posted by atomov from Bulgaria, March 26, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





And I thought it was just me, thanks for the post, any fixes??? Other than that of waiting for LiteOn to admit the issue(s).............


Comments posted by FFDOG from United States, March 26, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





I cannot burn at 8X or 16X. I have 3 types of +R 8X media Memorex CMC MAG-E01-00
RITEK-R03-02
Verbatim MCC-003-00
These all burn at 1.4X
I also have 16X Verbatim MCC-004-00 that only burn at 1X
I may have to return this drive if Liteon cannot make firmware to support burning of popular media brands.


Comments posted by morte from United States, March 25, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.




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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)


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


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