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How can I tell what manufacturer made my Pacific Digital 52x

Postby Rooster286 on Sun Feb 16, 2003 11:46 pm

I dropped by OfficeDepot todat to pick up the cheapie verbatim CDR drive, they were out of stock and the manager offered my the Pacific Digital Mach 52 (52x24x52) drive for 29.99 - 20.00 mail in (to get me to 9.99 price like the verbatim). However, I cannot seem to find out what this drive is anywhere :(

The model on the box reads

Rtl 52x24x52 CDRW IDE Kit
PN: U-30146
Serial Number
*p03251540455*
U-30146-RV1

Any help would be greatly appreciated (this is my first CDR upgrade since my TDK VeloCD 12x) and I lag way behind on current drive ID technology :)
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Postby dhc014 on Sun Feb 16, 2003 11:51 pm

You'll probably have to open it up and look at the label or install it and look at the name. If there is a circle on the back right of the drive then it's a Lite-ON.
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Postby Rooster286 on Sun Feb 16, 2003 11:57 pm

I just opened it, manufac says "Top-G"
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Postby dhc014 on Mon Feb 17, 2003 12:02 am

Instal it...
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Postby Rooster286 on Mon Feb 17, 2003 12:05 am

it's going into a new PC...however I did a search on Top-G and the results are less than steller :(

Oh well, not much I can complain about for 9.99
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Postby dhc014 on Mon Feb 17, 2003 12:11 am

I don't think that it was really made by Top-G...
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Postby Rooster286 on Mon Feb 17, 2003 12:16 am

All of the search results seems to associate Top-G with BTC or something of the like, and everyone hated them :(
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Postby Raz0rX on Mon Feb 17, 2003 12:19 am

You are correct, Top-Glory is BTC's manufacturing plant in China.
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Postby dhc014 on Mon Feb 17, 2003 12:24 am

Ahh yes. Well, BTC isn't the greatest, but at least it has a Mediatek chipset...
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Postby vbl117 on Mon Feb 17, 2003 8:30 am

The worse would have been Acer/Benq . And if it is true that it uses a mediatek chiset ( i don't know if it is true ) you can expect good protections copying abilities from this drive . Lite-On use mediatek chipsets . I think BTC drives still cannot handle protected audio cd .
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Re: How can I tell what manufacturer made my Pacific Digital

Postby JRoDDz on Mon Feb 17, 2003 9:38 am

Rooster286 wrote:I dropped by OfficeDepot todat to pick up the cheapie verbatim CDR drive, they were out of stock and the manager offered my the Pacific Digital Mach 52 (52x24x52) drive for 29.99 - 20.00 mail in (to get me to 9.99 price like the verbatim). However, I cannot seem to find out what this drive is anywhere :(

The model on the box reads

Rtl 52x24x52 CDRW IDE Kit
PN: U-30146
Serial Number
*p03251540455*
U-30146-RV1

Any help would be greatly appreciated (this is my first CDR upgrade since my TDK VeloCD 12x) and I lag way behind on current drive ID technology :)


It's a BCE 5224IM made by BTC. Piece of crap drive.
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Keep it

Postby mg on Thu Feb 27, 2003 8:50 pm

Keep this Top-G. It is good, and it recognizes many CD-R's that Lite-On doesn't. For burning, it is as fast as Lite-On, and even quieter. It is slow to read music CDs though. I really don't know why people here are crazy about Lite-On after I bought and compared all Top-G, AOpen, and Lite-On (all 52x24x52, see my post).
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Postby arsenal06 on Sat Mar 01, 2003 7:49 pm

Good luck getting that $20 rebate... Pacific Digital may have gone belly-up. My $20 rebate (for a drive bought on Feb 16) was returned by the post office with "MOVED LEFT NO ADDRESS - UNABLE TO FORWARD - RETURN TO SENDER" on the envelope.

If you call the Pacific Digital 1-888 numbers, you get a really weird message, like they didn't pay their bill or something.

Well, I'm returning the drive to Officemax tomorrow.... I will NOT get screwed out of a warranty as a matter of principle. Now NO stores have good old fashioned SALES anymore, it's just this rebate crap because they know that less than 50% of the public mails them in.

The drive was only $29 before rebate, but I wouldn't pay that much for a Behavior Tech drive when a little more can get you a Lite-on!
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Postby arsenal06 on Fri Mar 07, 2003 12:33 pm

UPDATE on warranty status - Pacific Digital now has address information on their website. OfficeMax rebates returned by the Post Office should be sent to a new address:

P.O. Box 16397
Irvine, CA 92623-6397
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