Lite-On LDW-400D DVD Writer

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Lite-On LDW-400D

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$250 5.8/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 CD Technology 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (MUST 001....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Laser 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Legacy 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MAM-A 4xDVD-R (MCI4XG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 1xDVD-RW (ProdiscDVDRW) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Piodata 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prostore 4xDVD-R (MBI 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Staples 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Hang on a day, Im getting mine tomorrow morning.

Comments posted by jaxxboss from Other, April 25, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

si quieren "the new firmware" aqui lo encuentran (1.2d)

funciona super bien, no problem ¡¡¡¡

Comments posted by Ricardo Hernández M from Mexico, February 10, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

is this drive a previous version of the currently available LDW-401S? i can't find any info on the 401S except on the Lite-On website and it's not clear about the types of media this drive supports. does it indeed burn both +R/RW and -R/RW? or does it only support writing to one type and reading from all types?

i recently purchased a new barebones system and newegg has the 401S at a very reasonable price. i would hate to get something without knowing what it was first. any answers?

Comments posted by scott from Other, August 29, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

What's going on with supports for this DVD -/+ RW drive? Why Lite-On does not acknowledge the existence of this particular drive?

I e-mailed various Lite-On supports/sales person from various countries as many as I can find to inquire about this drive months ago and they all said that they are working on it (for over 2 months now). Eventhough I have no problem what ever with the drive but the future of this drive is short due to lack of supports.

Is Lite-On try to ignore this matter? I used many Lite-On products over the years and recommend them to many people. But if Lite-On doesn't straight out this matter then that's it NO MORE Lite-On for me.

Is there any one here with firmware programming experience that can hack Sony firmware to flash this drive. I read some where that you need to change the firmware or flash program to ignore checking the hardware ID and force flash it with the Sony's one.

To all people that bought this LDW-400D drive - let's join together and flood e-mail Lite-On's support, sales,... to request/inquire about supports. If someone know of top level e-mail personel at Lite-On please post here so all of us know. Let the fight start...

Comments posted by phil from Other, August 22, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I really like this drive. I don't care if it's a re-badged Sony. It copied DVDs quickly and accurately and has never made a coaster (unless I screw up). There is a multi format NEC drive that is cheaper, so I'd have to say that the price on this one is the only drawback.

Comments posted by OldGuy100 from Other, August 12, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I love liteon drives, but this one is disappointing. It's a relabeled oem sony. Liteon is currently not supporting it either. It has problems burning certain media at 4x (reitek) and it will only read DVD's at 2x. I'm sure a simple firmware up would fix these problems, if liteon ever releases one...

Comments posted by Jr from Other, July 18, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

The LiteOn LDW-400D is a rebadged Sony. LiteOn won't have their own drive untill end of summer. Try to find this drive on their web site.

Comments posted by Mike from Other, July 10, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

This is by far the best dvd writer ever! It writes everything. Since LiteOn CD burners are the best, it makes sense that the LiteOn DvD burners are the best also.

Comments posted by TJ from Other, May 19, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

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The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.

Write support / Read support
= 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.

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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