Archives for: June 2005, 04

06/04/05

  01:01:50 am, by The Dreamer   , 303 words  
Categories: Hardware

Xtreme 4x DVD-R vs Optodisc 16x DVD-R

Actually, it is interesting...I discovered that when I had my old 4x DVD-R in the DVR-109, Nero says I can burn at 1x, 2x or 4x. But, with the Optodisc 16x DVD-Rs...my only option is 4x.

It did indicate that slower and faster than 4x for 16x media in this drive depended on firmware version and the manufacturer of the disc....

Interesting that I bought the 50 spindle of the "Xtreme" 4x DVD-Rs back on September 2nd, 2003. Which makes sense, because it was the final reason that prompted me to get a new computer...which I didn't order until my birthday a couple months later. Which was also about when I got my 3rd gen iPod....hmmm.

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  12:35:04 am, by The Dreamer   , 657 words  
Categories: Hardware

Pioneer DVR-109 DVD Burner

I've actually gotten a bunch of new toys this week....the result of some heavy online shopping during the Memorial Day long weekend.

So far not all that much to blog about. But, one of the things I did was I bought this DVD burner.

In the last couple months I've been using my old DVD burner (a Pioneer DVR-106D) more and more....2-3 discs a week....is what I define as more. Because of the long drawn out process of getting to burn, it is usually late Sunday night when I'm trying to burn some discs so I can take them into work on Monday.

So, 4x seems to be slow.

A couple months ago, I remember explaining to somebody that different drives...different media compatibility....to where only certain 16x discs will actually burn at 16x, etc.

What happened? Well, I got this spindle of 100 16x discs....in anticipation of someday getting a 16x burner. They burn okay at 4x in my 4x burner, I had checked to make sure they would be compatible with it. Because the other neat thing about the media/burner compatibility is that faster media doesn't necessary work in slower drives. At least that's what I've been told. Though I've admittedly had little experience on different drives and/or media.

Case in point...the 16x discs (Optodisc) will only burn at 4x under the current (and latest) firmware in my DVR-109. So, I'm no faster than I was before.

Not sure if I want to buy some other maker's 16x discs now...or wait and see if Pioneer adds greater than 4x speed support to these discs.

I've almost used up the 50 spindle of the 4x discs that I started with....and I do have a few shorter spindles around, except those ones are the branded discs...which don't label very well in my thermal transfer printer (Casio CW75).

Wonder at what point will I break and try out some DLs in this drive....

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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