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Postby RIRed2005 on Sun Jul 17, 2005 5:49 pm

Just ordered BenQ 1640 DVD from NCIX (Canada)...

1.) Which specific Taiyo-Yuden media would be best for this burner? Also, +R or -R ???


2.) Currently have Lite-On 48x12x40 CD-RW, and Toshiba M1612 DVD-ROM... Remove which one to make room for the BenQ??


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Postby burninfool on Sun Jul 17, 2005 8:07 pm

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1.-R/+R only matters if you use it for DVD players,I personally prefer +R with the DVD-ROM booktype.
2.I would keep the Toshiba internally and buy an external case($60US) for the Lite-On.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon Jul 18, 2005 1:01 am

with firmware BSHB the Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD-Rs seem to perform a little better then the DVD+Rs, but the difference in inconsequential. Don't use Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD-Rs even with firmware BSIB.
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Postby RIRed2005 on Mon Jul 18, 2005 6:30 am

Dolphinius...

So, you're saying use the 8x TY's, not the 16x's ? And, for what reasons?...

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Postby RJW on Mon Jul 18, 2005 8:15 am

Probally the fact that Benq hasn't implemented the right optimal strategy for the 16x media yet.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:14 am

RIRed2005 wrote:Dolphinius...

So, you're saying use the 8x TY's, not the 16x's ? And, for what reasons?...

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Well, I'm assuming you want the burned disc to be playable, right? :wink: RJW pretty much has the right idea. The discs just don't come out looking very good at all, so it's a "wait for a new firmware to the fix the problem" scenario with that media.
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Postby jberry on Mon Jul 18, 2005 2:30 pm

the ncix one is oem....so will you be able to flash with retail firmware? or is there a cross-flash utility?

hey dolph...what about 16x verbatim -r?
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon Jul 18, 2005 3:37 pm

jberry wrote:the ncix one is oem....so will you be able to flash with retail firmware? or is there a cross-flash utility?

hey dolph...what about 16x verbatim -r?


You can probably cross-flash to the retail firmware... and some OEM drives COME with the retail firmware anyways. There's a whole site dedicated to BenQ firmware cross flashing, I just don't remember where it is right now :cry:

As for Verbatim 16x, I think it worked fine, I'll have to double check when I get home though.
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Postby RJW on Mon Jul 18, 2005 3:39 pm

16x -R from verbatim should work according to my sources.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon Jul 18, 2005 3:41 pm

RJW wrote:Hmm based on the info I have here Verbatim 16x -R/+R both should work ok.


Yeah, I generally remember when one of the big names doesn't work right... but I still like to double check with my notes if I'm not 100% sure.
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Postby jberry on Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:05 pm

curious...why would ncix have the oem version and not retail? price is good at $64 bucks though!!!! Worth me trying oem you think?

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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Jul 19, 2005 8:32 am

NCIX usually just carries the OEM versions of drives, since that's what sells the most. The Retail version generally is just a pretty box in a lot of cases.... maybe I'll mention to them that in the case of BenQ there are actually firmware differences.

By the way, I heard that one of the reasons this drive was delayed was because of a port strike.... not sure if that affected the USA as well though.
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