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Can anyone recommend a DVD-Rom drive capable of reading DVD-Ram?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by jem, Dec 22, 2003.

  1. jem

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    My son is getting an E50 for Christmas and wants to be able to edit from DVD-Ram to DVD-R via his PC. He already has a Pioneer 106 burner so only needs a Rom drive.

    Any recommendations?
     
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    I have the LG 4040B which is now less than £100, it does all formats( - , + , and RAM ), comes with good software and no coasters except for the learning curve as I know very little about computers.
    Well woth it.
     
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    Might be worth checking to see if the Pioneer does read a DVD-Ram disk - my PC's LG Rom drive does
     
  5. jem

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    Yes we thought of that after reading the earlier link. A few people are saying his Lite-On DVD-Rom drive can read DVD-Ram although not officially supported.

    We'll try out both drives.
     
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    We have now tried out the Pioneer 106 and the Lite-On 166s - no joy with either.

    However Nero Info tool tells us that the Lite-On supports DVD-Ram but when we put the disc in the drive it eventually gives us a message - "please insert a disc"

    Are we doing something stupid here?
     
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    I have a Panasonic SR8588 drive on order which has DVD-RAM reading ability. It's £19 + VAT from ebuyer.
     
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    Yes we saw that one but just trying to figure out why the Lite-On doesn't work when others have said that it does.
     
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    Maybe try updating the firmware, lots of info here:

    http://digitri.tk/
     
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    You need to install a UDF/RAM driver on most versions of windows. XP has one already, but I think it only installs if it knows it's a ram capable device. Try searching google. I believe Softarch and pinnacle do free downloads.

    Even with a ram driver Nero doesn't want to write to ram on my systems. Anyway, with ram you just drag and drop files with explorer - there's no need for to use a burning app.
     
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    Thanks for the info. He's using XP pro - as you say I thought it came with UDF support. The drive was part of a new system with XP installed so I would have thought it would have the driver installed too.
     
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    My 166S also didn't support RAM and I'm using XP Pro.

    Had to update firmware to the latest version using link posted above. Had problems - wouldn't update directly to latest as this didn't recognise my drive. Found an update that did recognise the drive. After updating with this I then updated to latest firmware and drive mow reads RAM ok.

    Hope this helps
     
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    LG GDR8163B is working fine.
     
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    I just bought 8163B too, and it works perfectly with ram discs from my E50. At least it isn't causing the read only problems on the E50 with my ram discs that my 4120 was causing. :clap:

    Hammy
     
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    Have also just got an LG GDR8163B in anticipation of getting a DVD-RAM recorder.

    Ebuyer currently have them for under £14+vat

    GDR8163B
     
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    This is exactly my situation. I read DVD-RAMs with DVD-ROM. LG 4120 is a very fine DVD-writer - but not with E85.
     
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    Have a look at the first guide in the PC GUIDE thread. That will give you a few pointers on companies that produce DVD-RAM capable DVD-ROMs. Generally speaking it is Samsung, Toshiba, LG or Panasonic - thse four cover all major colours/variations/laptop drives/combi drives etc.
     
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    There is no problem if you use any Panasonic or OEM DVD writer based on any Panasonic model. I tried my 'wrong' DVD-RAM-s (used in 4120 before) on a Panasonic OEM slim DVD writer, it could format them and after that I could use them in my E85. But I bought my DVD-writer before E85.....
     

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