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Sony AWG170A10 ?

Postby Wischmop on Tue Oct 10, 2006 9:52 am

http://www.alternate.de/html/productDet ... tno=CEAO41

Could it be a Liteon LH18AHP? But the Liteon isn´t avaible in Germany ATM
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Postby Bhairav on Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:31 am

I thought it was an Optiarc AD7173a?

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Postby Ian on Tue Oct 10, 2006 3:50 pm

There's a pic of the drive here:

http://www.sony-europe.com/PageView.do? ... easeDetail

If the picture is accurate, that's definitely not a Lite-On. Bhairav is probably right. If I had to guess, its most likely an AD7173a.
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Postby DrageMester on Tue Oct 10, 2006 4:28 pm

Ian wrote:If the picture is accurate, that's definitely not a Lite-On. Bhairav is probably right. If I had to guess, its most likely an AD7173a.

The Sony AW-G170A is confirmed to be the same hardware as a NEC Optiarc AD-7170A and it can probably be cross-flashed to a NEC AD-7170A if you want to.

See the Liggy+Dee Optiarc 7170 and 7173 firmware page over at CDFreaks.
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Postby dodecahedron on Tue Oct 10, 2006 4:50 pm

Ian wrote:If the picture is accurate, that's definitely not a Lite-On. Bhairav is probably right. If I had to guess, its most likely an AD7173a.
how do you tell that it's not a Lite-On? i thought the bezel looked like a Lite-On bezel.
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Postby Gabe on Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:31 pm

It´s similar to a LiteOn-based-drive, but u see the position of the LED?

http://www.liteonit.eu/index.php?option ... &Itemid=67
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Postby Ian on Tue Oct 10, 2006 7:10 pm

dodecahedron wrote:how do you tell that it's not a Lite-On? i thought the bezel looked like a Lite-On bezel.


The new Lite-On's have a plastic disc on top, similar to the DW1640 and DW165x.
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Postby dodecahedron on Wed Oct 11, 2006 2:48 am

thanks Gabe & Ian.
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Postby Wischmop on Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:00 am

Thanks to u all, I´m waiting for the Liteon
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Postby [buck] on Fri Oct 13, 2006 4:13 pm

Ian wrote:
dodecahedron wrote:how do you tell that it's not a Lite-On? i thought the bezel looked like a Lite-On bezel.


The new Lite-On's have a plastic disc on top, similar to the DW1640 and DW165x.

Ian, which model is that? The top part looks EXACTLY the same as the DW1640 sitting on my desk.
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Postby Ian on Fri Oct 13, 2006 4:17 pm

It's the AOpen DSW1812P which is (I think) based on the Lite-On LH-18A1P. I won't know until Lite-On sends me one (hint hint.. where is it Lite-On?).

The front and back of the drive look very Lite-On-ish. The top though, is very BenQ.
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Postby [buck] on Fri Oct 13, 2006 4:24 pm

Ian wrote:It's the AOpen DSW1812P which is (I think) based on the Lite-On LH-18A1P. I won't know until Lite-On sends me one (hint hint.. where is it Lite-On?).

The front and back of the drive look very Lite-On-ish. The top though, is very BenQ.

Cool. It's good to see that LiteON is incorporating some BenQ technologies into their own drives :D
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Postby dodecahedron on Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:16 am

well, look at the picture of the LH-18A1P from Lite-On's website
http://www.liteonit.eu/eu/DOWNLOADS/ODD ... 0drive.zip
the top doesn't look like what Ian posted.
maybe that AOpen is a BenQ not a Lite-On ?
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Postby Ian on Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:02 am

Yeah, I saw that pic. I think its simply stock footage and not a picture of the actual drive.

Here are pictures of the front and back. The front is flatter than Lite-On's past drives but its still looks similar. The back is nearly identical though.
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Postby Ian on Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:39 am

Here's an actual picture of the LH-18A1P that hwupgrade.it took at IFA. Unfortunately, you can't see the top of the drive.
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Postby dodecahedron on Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:47 pm

yeah, i also thought it might be an old photo, not an actual one of the new drive.

i can see now why you thought that the AOpen is a LiteOn. though i must say i'm surprised, AOpen (used to?) make their own drives (and others' too!). i don't recall an AOpen being a rebadged other drive.
(maybe Ricoh really long ago?)

as for the flat faceplate, there have been LiteOns like that too. i have a LTR-52327S (black) that has the exact same flat bezel.
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Postby dodecahedron on Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:54 pm

Ian wrote:The new Lite-On's have a plastic disc on top, similar to the DW1640 and DW165x.

could this be some proof of some kind of Phillips-LiteOn collaboration ?
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Postby Ian on Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:27 pm

AOpen used to rebadge Ricoh drives. They even tried their designs (1608, etc) but the results weren't that great. They then partnered with Lite-On in late 2005. Since then, they've all been Lite-On rebadges.

From an old DigiTimes article:

AOpen claims that it expects to turn profitable in the first quarter of 2006 after forming a strategic alliance with Lite-On Technology. AOpen will still keep its ODD product line, which currently contributes about 30% to its business and ships 300,000 units monthly, the company said. The cooperation with Lite-On is expected to help AOpen avoid higher production costs and patent fees while ramping up its production output.
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Postby dodecahedron on Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:47 pm

i was way off :lol:
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