jase wrote:Generally agree with vbl117's comments, but are Benq drives not still based on the Philips chipsets? (I don't know, it's a long time since I ventured near an Acer drive, I was bitten so hard by the last one).
These drives *used* to be DAO+RAW94 (almost compatible with RAW96 but corrects two check-bytes, making it useless for PSX-backup, for instance) and almost-correct EFM (will work with early SD2 but not the newer types). The drives also used to correct checksums on ordinary data, but did so by changing the data itself in some cases, so an ISO file patched with some cheat data etc would not copy properly in DAO mode. Basically the Philips/Acer chipset was a royal pain in the arse.
These drives were the pirates' choice for a while about 2 years ago until the LiteOn/MTK drives came along.
I can be wrong
Do you mean Philips burners are as crappy as Acer/Benq burners ?
jase wrote:Up to 12x, Philips drives were picky, had poor quality burns and the same difficult, quirky chipset (the problem with Philips is that they tend to be first to market with a lot of products, then don't change their basic designs, so early strange little anomalies with the early designs get carried across from generation to generation, while other companies copy the designs to a large extent and iron out all the bugs).
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