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Old January 14th, 2008, 05:48 PM   #1
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I have to buy a new dvd burner. Apparently after doing 500+ dvd's with my current burner it has developed some read issues.

I am looking at two different burners

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1176506511356

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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1177717727747

I am leaning towards the LG but notice that it doesn't list what software comes with it.

What software do you guys use? I use Decrypter and Shrink for movies, but what about Audio and data dvd's?

Also, is there any plus side to Litescribe? I see mostly people bitching about it.
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I'm in the market too. My lightscribe equipped DVD burner has crapped out after only a couple hundred CDs and DVDs. I have never used the lightscribe option, so I don't know what it will do. But I wonder if that's why mine flamed out early. You have to buy special DVDs to use the lightscribe. I use the same software as you otherwise.

I think any double layer burner should be sufficient. My current one is a HP, so I will probably try something else.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:50 PM   #3
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LG is crap. I've burned through 3 drives in 2 years. I get maybe 10 months out of a drive. If you can try a samsung 20x sata dvdrw. Far superior product and no underruns.

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dvd fab platinum to decrypt
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not sure if my pc is sata compatible odd that you have a complaint with LG. I have always been pleased with their stuff.
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I had been for some time, they just aren't designed for constant everyday use apparently.
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well that won't work then. I am burning on avg 6 a week or so.
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I paid $31 for my samsung off newegg.com about 8 months ago. it's been great so far. we'll see if it survives mroe than a year. what ends up happening with the LG is the dvd laser in the drive burns out. The drive will read and burn cd's fine, but won't see dvd's anymore.
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Tiger Direct has a buttload of burners on sale. I have read good reviews on Lite-on burners in PC magazine.
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Lite-On is if I'm not mistaken, the new consumer name for Teac. They're mediocre sub-premium drives. I also abhor dealing with Tiger Direct. That's just me though.
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I am getting it from best buy due to wifes discount

Plus its dead and i kinda need it now.

I told her to get me the HP. Thanks for your help lothos.
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The SATA port should be near the ata port if i had one right?
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Tiger Direct has a buttload of burners on sale. I have read good reviews on Lite-on burners in PC magazine.

lite-on used to be the standard for a while for home-pc builders for cd-r+/-drives - wasn't sure if they had carried over into dvd burning, they were always cheap enough that I was going to offer up the brand name to at least check out.
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Lite-On is if I'm not mistaken, the new consumer name for Teac. They're mediocre sub-premium drives. I also abhor dealing with Tiger Direct. That's just me though.
dunno about the new name part, lite-on has been around for quite a few years. newegg used to pimp the hell out of lite-on about 3 or so years ago when I was a bit more active in building/tweaking.

as for sub-premium - yeah you probably won't find many data-centers having these in their racks, but for most home/hobbyists I'm guessing that their burn lifecycles are mid-pack. *Shrug*
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