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I have bought a GSA-H21L Hitachi LG optical drive but i don't have the driver needed to use it, i have tried to find it online but i cant find it.

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  • zak-182 May 20, 2008

    been a dvd drive you will not need a driver to run it only software to be able to burn cd's or dvd's nero is downloadable



    hey urm its the guy who posted this, cvan i ask why my pc is not recognising the drive as a drive then, it wont even show up.


    thnx



  • roboraptor Jan 22, 2009

    yeah have nearly the same problem,my dvd (gsa-h21l) has a read problem it doesn't recognize any dvd (empty and/or full of any kind).i try to update the original software from hp but it doesn't work,i can only read and burn cd's.
    my pc is a hp desktop win xp proff. sp3 installed,conf. is amd athlon 64x2 dual core3800+ 2.00 ghz 2 gb ram and up to date.just a few months ago i installed nero and i guess than the problem started.
    any advice will be highly appreciated...


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Never mind, i've fixed it. thanks anyway

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Been a dvd drive you will not need a driver to run it only software to be able to burn cd's or dvd's nero is downloadable

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  • Brian Canute May 26, 2008

    have you cheched your jumper settings if so make sure ide channel is turn on in your bios

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Memorex mrx550l dvd writer


What is the specific problem you have connecting this internal drive? This is an internal SATA optical drive for a desktop with a standard 5 1/4" drive opening. Many optical drives ship as OEM devices; you will need to reuse the data and power cable from a previous drive or purchase a SATA data cable (7 pin). A locking cable can help keep the cable connected to the drive. If your power supply (PSU) doesn't have SATA power connectors (15 pin), you will need an IDE to SATA adapter. Most online cable shops have the best prices for these.

If your computer doesn't have a SATA port available, you need to add a controller card or use a SATA to IDE converter.

If your case is a ultra-small form factor, you may have a modified optical drive opening. These cases use a slim optical drive (mostly sold as laptop drives). In that case, get an external 5 1/4" enclosure or a USB to SATA adapter.

If you have the drive in the computer, press the Eject button. If that works, then the power cable to the drive is fine. Check the data cable to both the drive and the motherboard. My old computer had SATA connections on the motherboard that would not allow the cable to lock. When I bumped anything in the case, I had to check that the cable was re-secured.

What OS are you using? For most versions of Windows, your OS should have the correct driver or find it with Windows Update (if the computer is on the network). Try launching Windows Update and checking if an optional driver is waiting to be installed. I don't know if Unix or Mac OSX drivers exist for this drive. You may need a different optical drive.

The drive should now be listed in the storage devices (Computer/My Computer). If you can't read files, try another disk. If it still doesn't work, try cleaning the lens or a different drive. Some drives are sensitive to the power supply for burning optical discs.

I hope these suggestions help. Please add a comment with the specific problem and case/OS that you are using for additional solutions.

Cindy Wells

May 11, 2013 | PC Desktops

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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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Dvdram gsa-4165b driver


click on this link and fallow the directions in installing the driver: http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/FIRMWARE/LG/LG-GSA-4165B-DL05.shtml

Apr 26, 2009 | PC Desktops

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My LG dvd driver cant read certain dvds


LG and HP in known for thier reading laser to become trashed or crash. Once this happens, you can only replace the drive.

Sorry for the bad new but I faught an HP drive for months before I just bought a new one.

Save yourself the hassle.

Jan 22, 2009 | PC Desktops

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I need the drivers for a DVD-RW drive model # GSA-T40N. didn' t know if you could help


You do not need drivers for DVD-RW especially if you are installing it in Windows Xp or Windows VIsta.

Jan 01, 2009 | PC Desktops

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I do not have a cd to instal my lg gsa-2166d how can i get it to work on my lap top


Dear CAPPOE23 ,
please go throught this URL:
http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/FIRMWARE/LG/LG-GSA-2166D-101.shtml

you can direct download the Driver for your LG GSA-2166D from this site.

Take care
always be happy

Akshay

Feb 25, 2008 | PC Desktops

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