Buying a new DVD writer.

May 10, 2012 at 21:19:18
Specs: Windows XP
Yesterday my LG HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GSA-H55N DVD writer died, its reading CDs and also writes CDs but not reading DVDs except the original ones, I'm going to buy a new one in 2-3 days and needing your advice for a best quality DVD writer.

Before this some questions.

1. A DVD writer can write infinite DVDs?
2. What is the life span of a DVD writer?
3. What should i do to take care of it and get best out of my DVD writer?
4. Heat can harm a DVD writer.


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May 10, 2012 at 22:52:06
I suggest you try using a lens cleaning kit on that drive before giving up on it. From your questions I am guessing you have burned many disks with that drive. The fact that some DVD media is still being read may be an indication the lens for the DVD laser is dirty (sooty).

Normally I would say optical drives are throw away items but your drive also can burn Blue ray disks so it is worth the trouble to clean the lenses.

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May 11, 2012 at 00:23:18
Thanks but what do you mean by Blue ray disk?
I don't knew my writer can read and write blue ray discs and what is the difference between DVD and blue ray please explain in detail i would like to know.

I tried to clean the lens with the alcohol and because of that only its reading and writing CDs otherwise before it wasn't, should i have to clean it again because sometimes it reads DVDs as it did now i just checked it and it read a pop game DVD but takes a long time like 10-15min.

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May 11, 2012 at 06:35:01
Blue Ray is a more advanced type of optical disk that holds more data. See the link below for more details. Your drive is listed as Blue ray capable. See the second link below. I am having difficulty finding accurate specs for your burner. LG may not manufacture optical drives but just re-brand them. Your drive may actually be an Hitachi.

Doesn't really matter. The first link below indicates Blue ray capability for your model.

If you cleaned the lenses and the drive still doesn't read some DVD disks I suggest you try reading them on a different drive.

All that said I consider CD/DVD burners to be disposable hardware. I am not sure what interface your drive is. Most new products sold are SATA type interface. If you need IDE/ATA (PATA/ parallel) interface you will have less choices.

New burners are cheap. If you live in the USA go to the third link below to look at the selection. I prefer Lite on brand because I have had good luck with them. IDE drive have a wide white data cable. SATA drives have a smaller oval data cable that is usually red. SATA drive may require a different type of power connector. If your computer can use SATA then I recommend you buy SATA.

See the 4th & 5th links below to see the connection differences.

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May 11, 2012 at 09:32:28
I totally understand about difference between SATA and IDE and i am having an IDE drive with a wide wight cable but i think i will be able to install a new SATA drive as my hard drive is SATA and also there is a additional plug for SATA named SATA 2.

The strange issue is today i downgraded ROM of this drive from 1.05 to 1.02 and what happened is my operating system stopped booting up and then i re-installed my OS and even after downgrading the firmware the drive is still working but not reading DVDs.

I live in india.

Your first link indicated that there is a 1.06 firmware available for my drive,can you please provide me the firmware,i tried today searching everywhere for new firmware but got 1.02 :( i guess updating the firmware may make any difference.

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May 11, 2012 at 09:46:38
The link to the firmware update is right on the first page of the link you mention. Be sure to type in the exact full model of your drive or you may flash using the wrong file.

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May 11, 2012 at 10:09:43
It will harm my OS as it did today when i was flashing 1.02?
OS refused to boot and i don't want to format it again.

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May 11, 2012 at 14:01:07
DVD burners are cheap, usually $15-20. There are plenty of quality brands to choose from - Samsung, LG, Sony, ASUS, Lite-ON, etc.

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