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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/6/2004 5:31:32 AM   
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I'm quite happy with this LG GSA-4040B, but I don't have enough experience with different disks to say much more conclusive. So far I've tried 3 different types of DVD-R disks and they've been working without problems. Writing speeds has been what they're supposed to be and no failures on burns. Oh... and I tried that one DVD-RAM disk, too. No other disk types tried yet, as media is expensive as h*ll here in Finland. [xx(]

I bought this 3 weeks ago (costed 139 euro's) and now there should be new faster model from LG... with few tens of euro's higher price. And LG seems to want drop prices more. Hopefully someone with experience of cheap and expensive drives can help you more, but I repeat: I'm happy with this purchase. [^]


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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/6/2004 5:27:57 PM   
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@ Jimmy
Not all DVD-Rs work in all burners. That's normal.
The LG 4040 is one of the most compatible out there thank God.

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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/7/2004 1:07:40 AM   
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Even with firmware A301 which was the one originally in my burner, media compatibility looks nice so far. That's why I've not seriously considered upgrading to A302 yet. Anyone already done so would be welcome to report experiences with that firmware...


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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/8/2004 1:34:31 PM   
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I upgraded to A302 just for the fun of it.
No problems so far.

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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/9/2004 12:56:09 AM   
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quote:
Originally posted by LG-Man

I upgraded to A302 just for the fun of it.
No problems so far.



Impatience got better of me, so I upgraded already, too.
Absolutely nothing seems to be different than with A301.
No problems either, so no damage done.


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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/11/2004 3:35:02 AM   
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Don't suppose there's a Region 1 or Region-Free version of the new firmware out yet?

The only versions of A302 that I've run across so far are solely for the European region.


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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/12/2004 9:19:45 PM   
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At least I've not found one yet.


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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/13/2004 12:54:10 PM   
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Why do you care so much to make your drive region free?
I mean you can easily do that by using a software and at the same time your drive will be untouched

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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/13/2004 10:41:42 PM   
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I don't need to make it region free, because my ROM-drive is already flashed (an LG 8120)

BTW, today I've experienced the "burn 4x discs at 2x" problem for the first time!
I purchased three 4X-certified 5-DVDR colored sets from Verbatim.
One set would burn at 4X without problems.
The other two would be burned at 2X although Nero is showing 4X [B)]
During the process, the buffer level is going up and down like crazy.
Even a speed test before the burning process won't help.
The resulting DVDs play just fine though... beats me!

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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/14/2004 1:56:16 AM   
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The Region Free question was directed at Mpchew, all you have to do is read the post above to realize this.....Jimmys is "absolutely" 100 percent correct, why bother searching and flashing a drive to "region free" when there are TONS of software on the market to accomplish this....


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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/14/2004 4:25:55 AM   
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quote:
Originally posted by LG-Man

I don't need to make it region free, because my ROM-drive is already flashed (an LG 8120)
BTW, today I've experienced the "burn 4x discs at 2x" problem for the first time!
I purchased three 4X-certified 5-DVDR colored sets from Verbatim.
One set would burn at 4X without problems.
The other two would be burned at 2X although Nero is showing 4X [B)]
During the process, the buffer level is going up and down like crazy.
Even a speed test before the burning process won't help.
The resulting DVDs play just fine though... beats me!



One of the Joys of using a LG 4040b I have seen this mentioned quite a few times with different Media and this Writer!!!


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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/15/2004 12:54:23 AM   
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It's really strange. The discs should be identical, they all have the TYG01 code, yet 2 of the 3 sets won't burn at 4X (no mixes within a set).
Even more strange, that TYG01 code is the same found on the TDK discs, and I've burned 30 of them successfully at 4X.
I suspect Taiyo Yuden to have changed something in the production, without reflecting that in the code, or it was just a small accident in a given manufacturing cycle.
BTW, the printable 4X Verbatim DVD-Rs have another code: MCC 01RG20. Burned 10 of them successfully at 4X.

According to LG, 2X media should have a thicker recording die, but many 4x certified discs have dies as thick as those of 2X. To avoid damage to the drive, it goes down to 2X if the die is not thin, ignoring the media code information. It's a security feature. So may be it's better that way...

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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/15/2004 2:52:18 AM   
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Well perhaps you are right but I am sure MP3Mogul will clear this up about the TY as these are his favourite Manufacturers and if it is true I am sure he will know sorry but I don't use them very often so I can't be of much help with this !!!


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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/15/2004 1:05:21 PM   
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Yes the TY Media TYG01's should burn at up to 8X! I have not had any problems with them, I am using them under the brand name Fuji, as I found a cheap supplier in the US... There are, however some Taiwan manufactured TY DVD Media on the shelves, you need to be very careful, look near the UPC and see where they were manufactured. I recently have a friend that has discovered the same problem, and his were also identified as TYG01's yet they were manufactured in Taiwan and will only write at 2x as well.


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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/15/2004 5:34:46 PM   
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It stands "Made in Japan" on the package [B)]

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RE: No one's talking about the LG 4040B - 1/20/2004 8:49:27 PM   
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I've gone and purchased a 4X-certified 25-set of Verbatim DVD-Rs for 40 Euro (yes, only 1,60 euro per piece )
They have code MCC 01RG20 like the printable ones.
But my LG won't burn them at 4X! 2X was all I could get.
For a moment I thought I would return the drive, but then I downgraded to firmware version A301.
And guess what? it would burn them at 4X now!!!

So EVERYBODY GO BACK TO A301!!

Like they say: never change a running system!! (the drive had originally A301 as I purchased it [8)])

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