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DVD writer Is it possible to upgrade my DVD writer to a faster speed via firmware. I have DVD8421 maximum speed is 24x. XP home operating system. Many thanks

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No, the only way is if you upgrade the drive to a better model than what you have.

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Want to upgrade e machines 1300g-02w


I have found that your built in graphics card can have a maximum of 128MBs of shared memory. Now your computer can only use a maximum of 4GBs on a 32-bit operating system but not all of it will show due to virtual address space http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/platform/server/pae/paemem.mspx/
if you want to get the full 4GBs you would need to get a new graphics card and disable the integrated card as well as get a 64-bit operating system as of now your processor suppots it. Since you are wanting to get a better faster processor it will need to be 64-bit if you are getting the 64-bit operating system. Here is where you can get a really good new processor: http://www.fadfusion.com/selection.php?product_item_number=10026806136 if you are wanting a faster one then I will look further.

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16x Dvd+-rw Dl Dvd Writer Comparison Guide


Since the introduction of double layer DVD writers, the interest has been quite overwhelming and is why we keep bringing you reviews of these highly popular drives. The anticipation has now turned into down right obsession and it has become a key component in any current or new system build, thanks to the declining prices and continued media hype. Manufacturers are quite aware of the fascination and is why they have each been releasing their own products which excel in at least one area of the testing methodology used in most reviews. This has led to some confusion as to which drive is best suited for the individuals needs. Today, we compare four 16x double layer drives and highlight both the strong and weak points in order to give you a better idead of which drive is best suited for you.

In this comparison guide, we will be looking at four of the top 16x drives to hit the market, the Pioneer DVR-108, NEC ND3500A, Lite-On SOHW-1633s and the new LG GSA-4160B. We will cover everything from design and features to performance and price. Let's beging with a quick look at each of these drives.

As fas as the front bezel design goes, the LG-GSA4160B is by far the most attractive drive of the bunch. However, for thise who are looking for a headphone jack, the Lite-On drive us the only DL writer offering a headphone jack, as well as volume control. The Pioneer and NEC drives, in my opinion, are the ugliest drives, with a very plain look that just wants to make you hide the driver period. Although we only obtained the 4160B in black, all these drives are offered with both white and black bezels. If you opt for the more expensive Pioneer "XL" model, it has the most impressive looks of any drive in the market. However, this will come at a very hefty price tag, considering they contain different firmware as well that offer a few extra features.

So, we have determine which is the sexiest-looking drive, but what about performance? I've dome some extensive testing on each model to determine which is indeed the most impressive of the bunch. But before we show you performance results, let's briefly look at the features and what they have to offer.

* Features
Each one of these drives has there disappointments when it come to features. Let's compare each to see what they really offer.

* DVD Writing

DVD+R DVD-R DVD+RW DVD-RW
LG GSA-4160B 16X 8X 4X 4X
Lite-On SOHW-1633s 16X 8X 4X 4X
NEC ND-3500A 16X 16X 4X 4X
Pioneer DVR-108 16X 16X 4X 4X

While all these drives are indeed 16x models, only two will write to both formats at this speed. The LG GSA-4160B and the Lite-On SOHW-1633s only support 8x DVD-R writing. So if you are one who only prefers this format, the NEC or Pioneer would be the best choice. All of these drives support writing to DVD re-writable media at 4x.


DVD-R9 Double Layer Writing

Write Speed
LG GSA-4160B 2.4x
Lite-On SOHW-1633s 2.4x
NEC ND-3500A 4x
Pioneer DVT-108 4x

The major disappointment with both the LG and the Lite-On 16x drives is the lack of 4x double layer writing support. Pioneer and NEC seem to be the only manufacturers to jump in and release second generation double layer drives supporting much faster 4x writing. In fact, the jump from 2.4x to 4x is quite substantial as we will show you a bit later in this comparison.


DVD-RAM Support

Supported Read Write
LG GSA-4160B YES 5x 5x
Lite-On SOHW-1633s NO NO NO
NEC ND-3500A NO NO NO
Pioneer DVR-108 YES 2X NO

Now this is where both the LG GSA-4120B and GSA-4160B shine above the rest. In fact, it is what has made these drives the most popular DVD writers on the market. Unline the rest in the roundup, it is a triple format burner, offering full support for DVD-RAM media. The other drives do not support it, with the exception of the Pioneer DVR-108 which supports reading of DVD-RAM discs at 2x. I personally don't see the point in offering only read capabilities, but it's at least one extra feature added to distinguish it from the rest. Fast 5x support of the LG GSA-4160 will actually be tested a bit later in this article.


CDR Writing

CDR CDRW
LG GSA-4160B 40x 24x
Lite-On SOHW-1633s 48x 24x
NEC ND-3500A 48x 24x
Pioneer DVR-108 32x 24x

The fastest CDR writers of the bunch are the Lite-On SOHW-1633s and the NEC ND-3500A. With their support for 48x writing, they make a great all-in-one drive for many users. The only drive lacking in this lineup is the Pioneer DVT-108. Why they opted for only 32x writing is still quite puzzling and is actually why I have found that many are choosing the NEC over the Pioneer. The LG GSA-4160B should not be left out of consideration though. We will show you later that the difference in write between 40x and 48x is not much to brag about.

Additional Features
As far as other features go, all these drives have a 2MB buffer but offer some sort of buffer under-run protection, which all work exceptionally well. This is especially useful if you will be burning discs at 16x, which I personally don't recomment just yet. As our individual tests of these drives revealed, burning at this speed is quite unstable, with the exception of the Lite-On SOHW-1633s.

Good luck!

on Dec 21, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Ga3400 reports 384 meg of ram


hello, that sounds right because the system you are reffering to is an "Everex IMPACT GA3400" by default this 512mb of RAM but 128mb of it is shared for your video card hence leaving you with 384mb.
below are specs for your sysem:

Processor
  • 1 x AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 2.2GHz
    Bus Speed
  • 1600MHz
    Cache
  • 1MB L2
  • Memory
    Standard Memory
  • 512MB
    Maximum Memory
  • 2GB
    Memory Technology
  • DDR SDRAM
  • Storage
    Hard Drive
  • 120GB Ultra ATA 7200 rpm
    Optical Drive
  • DVD-Writer (Double-layer) - DVD?R/?RW
  • Controllers
    Controller
  • Ultra ATA
  • Display & Graphics
  • Graphics Controller
  • nVIDIA GeForce 6100
  • Audio
    Sound Card
  • Included
    Speakers
  • Included
  • Network & Communication
    Network
  • 10/100Mbps IEEE 802.3u Fast Ethernet
    Modem
  • 56Kbps Data/Fax Modem Integrated
  • I/O Expansions
    Expansion Slots
  • Flash Memory Card (1 Total)
  • Input Devices
    Keyboard
  • Included
    Pointing Device
  • Included
  • Interfaces/Ports
    Ports
  • 1 x Audio Line Out
  • 1 x Microphone/Line-in
  • 6 x 4-pin Type A USB 2.0 - USB
  • RJ-45 Network
  • 1 x RJ-11 Modem
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2) Mouse
  • 1 x 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2) Keyboard
  • 1 x IEEE 1284 Parallel

  • Software
    Operating System
  • Windows XP Home with SP2
    Software Included
  • CyberLink Power DVD
  • CyberLink Power2Go
  • Norton Internet Security
  • i would recommend that you visit crucial.com or newegg.com for memory upgrade which will improve your new PC's experince.

    hope this helps,
    good luck,
    regards,

    Amar Sondhi

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    I have a lg DVD-RAM Model no GH22NP20 its not run data cds & DVD-RAM.


    need to check firmware version then update it

    Here's how to get LG's Auto Firmware Updater
    Go here :
    http://www.lge.com/support/software.jsp
    Select
    > Location = North America > USA/ Canada
    Then
    > Product = DVD-ROM (writer)
    > Operating System = Vista
    > Subject = LG Auto Firmware Download


    Download the .zip file to your Desktop
    You'll need to "Extract All" from the .zip
    and then run the setup file
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    The Updater will probably need to Update itself - before being active


    To Manually Search For Firmware Updates
    > Product = DVD-ROM (writer)
    > Operating System = Vista
    > Subject = Firmware

    Look through the Listings for your Specific Drive
    I would recommend Disabling the LG Auto Firmware Updater
    - from Windows Start-up
    You can open the Updater at any time - from All Programs

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    Dvd Driver


    Hi elyse09,
    If your PC system is not a notebook than the DVD writer will fit in to your system. This DVD writer burns a variety of DVD's at different speeds depending on the DVD disks speed & CD-RW's as well. Windows does not need driver for DVD/CD writers. This DVD writer is also a DVD player. It comes with software that allows you to use the internal laser to write labeling onto the disk. It will take time to learn how this is done but for the money its at the top of its class.
    Click on the linprovided;
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4323576&CatId=89

    Good luck!
    Mike

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    Compaq Presario S4300CL PC Desktop is SLOW.


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    If you need help finding out what type of memory to get, let me know.

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    Memory upgrade


    I like all the information you gave. However the information you are looking for is in the manufactures web site. goto search engine and enter your computers manufactures name followed by the word "support" find the site and then look up the details for your computer. The reason I say this is because each slot can only control a certain amount of memory. The manufacture will tell you what each slot can control and also the type of memory supported by your motherboard. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT> never mix memory. Make sure of speed and capacity. If you mix diffrent speed and capacities the results could end in total failure.

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