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Old 02-25-04, 10:54 PM
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new PC DVD burner ??'s

I'm about ready to buy a dvd burner for my PC but have a few ??'s..

1. They just started making 8x speed burners.... will that get faster soon?? should I wait??

2. Are they ready to come out with a dvd disc that can hold more data??

I ask these ?'s because back in the CD burner days I ended up buying 2 or 3 new ones... my first one was 4x & only the small data storage...
And I don't want to go thru all that again if upgrades are coming down the pike!!!!!!

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Old 02-26-04, 01:47 AM
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Sony launches the first 9.4 GB dual burner in April (in Europe, it will be 199 Euros)... the news were posted yesterday on Anandtech.

I strongly advise you to wait.

As for speed, the same thing applies for DVDs that applies for CDs - the higher the recording speed, the greater the chances of errors and bad data. I could never understand why some people are impatient when it comes to these things.
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definitly wait now till the Dual Layered DVD burners come out, it will be so much niced to copy the 8.x gigs of data than the 4.x data... Definitly wait if you can, it will be worth it.
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bump ...

any new info ???
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Originally posted by ds6161
bump ...

any new info ???
Yeah lots of articles on the new DVD dual burners, they will be coming out as expected however they seem to be having problems creating the disks and they expect the price to be 5-6 $ each.

I'm probably going to be waiting a year till they got the bugs worked out and the DVD media price to come down before I jump on the bandwagon.


http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=339670
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I would look for a deal and get an 8x one now for about $60-70.

4.7 GB is still a lot of storage.
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Right now I'm pretty spoiled with getting blank DVD's for under a $1. I'll definitely wait till the dual-layer media drops in price and then I'll be all over it like white on rice.
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DVD burner manufacturers have demonstrated that existing drives can be modified to do dual layer burning via a software (firmware) upgrade.
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Originally posted by pantala
DVD burner manufacturers have demonstrated that existing drives can be modified to do dual layer burning via a software (firmware) upgrade.
If this is true...
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Originally posted by pantala
DVD burner manufacturers have demonstrated that existing drives can be modified to do dual layer burning via a software (firmware) upgrade.
links?

Obviously it wouldn't be something they'd give away for free.
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Originally posted by Lateralus
If this is true...
I don't see why not. It's simply adjusting the aim of the laser to hit the other layer. Manufacturing the dual layer discs would be the big problem.
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One not specifically marketed as a dual-layer upgradeable drive that may be upgradeable via firmware is the Pioneer DVR-A06. The story is here (transalted from the original Japanese)
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I probably will jump on dvd burners someday. I'd love to get this one for my laptop.
http://www.bananapc.com/products/pro...=44121423&Op=2
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Originally posted by X
I would look for a deal and get an 8x one now for about $60-70.

4.7 GB is still a lot of storage.

$60-70!!!! I just spent 200 on a Sony Dual format 8x burner. Where are you seeing these? They want 60 bucks at frys just for 50 discs.


I don't need the dual layer, as I'm not all into stealing movies and what not, 4.7gigs is indeed a lot of storage. I haven't spent even 1 dollar per disc for media since I got my first 2x burner some 5 years ago. The 40 bucks for 25 is killing me enough as it is for this DVDr media, no way am I going to pay 6 bucks a pop just for a dual layered disc.
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Originally posted by Ergyu
$60-70!!!! I just spent 200 on a Sony Dual format 8x burner. Where are you seeing these? They want 60 bucks at frys just for 50 discs.
Here's an $80 one this week.

http://www.staples.com/Catalog/Brows...e=1&Sku=556595

$130 less $30 rebate. It's probably a Lite-On or NEC 8x drive.

Use a $20 off $100 coupon and it's $80.

The last time I bought blank DVDs I paid $75 after tax for 100 high-quality 4x discs.
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Originally posted by KShan
One not specifically marketed as a dual-layer upgradeable drive that may be upgradeable via firmware is the Pioneer DVR-A06. The story is here (transalted from the original Japanese)
I read about this as well, but also think Pioneer said they won't be releasing a firmware upgrade to allow dual-layer. Which makes sense, then we wouldn't buy a new drive.
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Here's a Mad Dog 8x burner for $60 ($100 - $40 rebate).

I have no idea what brand drive is in there though.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0169433
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Originally posted by KShan
One not specifically marketed as a dual-layer upgradeable drive that may be upgradeable via firmware is the Pioneer DVR-A06. The story is here (transalted from the original Japanese)
this is my drive
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Originally posted by Ergyu
$60-70!!!! I just spent 200 on a Sony Dual format 8x burner. Where are you seeing these? They want 60 bucks at frys just for 50 discs.
watch techbargains.com or bensbargains.net
they are constantly listing these types of deals

one of my friends just picked up one the other day (an acer, i believe), that was manufacturered by pioneer.. just had to use the latest pioneer firmware to turn it back into a a06
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Originally posted by X
Here's a Mad Dog 8x burner for $60 ($100 - $40 rebate).

I have no idea what brand drive is in there though.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0169433
It appears to be an NEC ND-2500A which is highly regarded.

And I've seen some signs of it being able to be turned into a dual-layer burner with only a firmware change.
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bump...

last time I bumped I got alot of ideas..

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I am looking into this seriously too. Anybody have any experience with the Sony DRU-530A drive? How about recommendations on the best media for the buck?
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Originally posted by Kaiser Soze
I am looking into this seriously too. Anybody have any experience with the Sony DRU-530A drive?
decent option if your looking to overpay
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Between work and friends I think we've got most major DVD burners on the market, and most work with little problems. The only one we did have problems with was a 2x HP burner, but with a firmware update everything is now fine. Just make sure if you do have problems to update the firmware for the drive.

Firmware at : www.rpc1.org

For DVD media I like Ritek media. In bulk you can get it for less than 75cents per disc. I bought mine from www.supermediastore.com

Check out DVD media reviews at: www.dvdrhelp.com/dvdmedia

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