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Postby Scour on Sun Sep 25, 2005 5:55 pm

Hello!

Anyone knows when a update of Qsuite is avaible? My SB-list is full and I want to erase not all learned types.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:08 pm

Scour wrote:Hello!

Anyone knows when a update of Qsuite is avaible? My SB-list is full and I want to erase not all learned types.


I've sent BenQ and e-mail asking about this... I'll let you know when I hear back :)
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Postby Scour on Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:55 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:I've sent BenQ and e-mail asking about this... I'll let you know when I hear back :)


Thanks :)
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Postby taidi on Sun Oct 02, 2005 12:33 pm

Just ordered a DW1640 on the strength of this comprehensiv review (thanks for all the hard work!), and have been looking around the forum here for recommended media.

I noticed on the BenQ UK web site a"supported media list" which I haven't seen on any other of their support sites.

http://www.benq.co.uk/ServiceAndSupport ... 750&type=B

a ver very long URL.
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This is just a bare list of media types with no suggestion that they have been tested or are recommended. It is interesting thoiugh to see the relationship of 'labels' to MID numbers, but I didn't think these were permanent relationships, - don't media marketeers switch their suppliers around fairly frequently ??
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sun Oct 02, 2005 1:04 pm

taidi wrote:This is just a bare list of media types with no suggestion that they have been tested or are recommended. It is interesting thoiugh to see the relationship of 'labels' to MID numbers, but I didn't think these were permanent relationships, - don't media marketeers switch their suppliers around fairly frequently ??


A lot of brands switch their OEM partners very often... but many people who buy these drives don't know that companies like Memorex and Fuji don't make their own media (in Fuji's case they just MOSTLY don't make their own media). So BenQ has to cater to both kinds of people (people who look at MIDs and people who look at brands).

Personally, I think their list of supported media is MUCH smaller then it could be. I've had excellent results with plenty of discs not listed on there.

I hope you enjoy your new drive :D

@Scour: Still no reply on the matter. I got a quick reply only saying they were very busy and a full reply may take some time. Sorry!
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Postby Scour on Sun Oct 02, 2005 1:19 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:
@Scour: Still no reply on the matter. I got a quick reply only saying they were very busy and a full reply may take some time. Sorry!


I could survive it ;)
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Postby jjones on Mon Oct 17, 2005 11:00 pm

After reading the excellent reviews here and over at CDFreaks, I ordered the Benq 1640 and just received it. So far so good with burning DVD-R (Sony 8x) and DVD+R (TY 8x) media.

A quick question: when the drive is not in use, is the light on the front supposed to stay on?
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:01 am

jjones wrote:After reading the excellent reviews here and over at CDFreaks, I ordered the Benq 1640 and just received it. So far so good with burning DVD-R (Sony 8x) and DVD+R (TY 8x) media.

A quick question: when the drive is not in use, is the light on the front supposed to stay on?


It'll stay green as long as there is a disc in the drive. If there is no disc in the drive, the light should go off.
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Postby Phoenix '97 on Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:15 pm

I picked up this drive a week or two ago for $67 Cdn. (after taxes and shipping (combined :p )) and I really like it! It seems it'll read my Memorex DVD+R DL media at up to 12x.
I also picked up some 2+ year old 2x Princo media that was gathering dust on the shelf and threw it in - to my surprise the only speed available was 2.4x. And here are the results:
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Postby Bhairav on Sat Nov 19, 2005 2:05 am

Weird! Princo media with a TDK code? NEver seen those before.
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Postby Phoenix '97 on Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:31 pm

Bhairav wrote:Weird! Princo media with a TDK code? NEver seen those before.


Yeah they were doing that a while ago, I found this quote:
Princo with a "TDK" media code are not made by TDK, nor are they licensed by TDK. They are forgeries. The most likely reason is that Princo wants to pass of these low quality 1x media, untested by Pioneer, as 2x in Pioneer burners.

http://www.videohelp.com/dvdmedia.php?s ... dwriter=44
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Postby Gabe on Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:42 am

Yeah, I can remember it. First time I heard of Fake-Codes with DVD-media
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Postby Scour on Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:30 pm

Hello!

Is it possible to overburn DVD-R/+R with the 1640? Cdspeed says yes, but Nero 6.6 shows an error
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