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Old Jan 13, 2004, 11:36 PM
NotAHacker NotAHacker is offline
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Default Sony, Optorite add 8X -R support to 8X +R/4X -R drives

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You have to love it.

Sony Electronics is rewarding owners of its 530 series of dual format DVD/CD-recordable drives with a free firmware upgrade that will allow them to achieve up to 8X DVD-R and 4X DVD-RW recording speeds.
Owners of the internal DRU-530A or external DRX-530UL Dual RW drive will be able to download the free firmware upgrade from Sony's Storage Support Web site at ********sony.storagesupport.com/dvdrw/dru530adwn.htm before the end of February.

With the firmware upgrade, users will be able to record a full 4.7GB DVD-R disc in around 10 minutes, using 8X DVD-R media to achieve the faster speed. In addition, using 4X DVD-RW media, users will be able record a full 4X DVD-RW disc in less than 15 minutes.

The firmware upgrade will increase the drives' DVD-R speed from an original 4X, and their DVD-RW speed from an original 2X. Both drives also support up to 8X DVD+R and 4X DVD+RW, as well as up to 40X CD-R and up to 24X CD-RW recording speeds. Note that Optorite will also release a firmware upgrade for DD0401 adding 8x DVD-R and 4x DVD-RW writing.

The DRU-530A and DRX-530UL DVD/CD rewritable drives are sold through nationwide resellers and retailers, mail order catalogs and select online shopping sites, including SonyStyle.com. The estimated selling price for the internal DRU-530A model is less than $220, while the MSRP for the external DRX-530UL drive will be less than $300 when it becomes available in early February. There is an additional $30 mail-in rebate in place for both models through July 4, 2004.

Now thats a nice firmware update!!!!
[URL=***********.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News/Details.asp?RelatedID=4730]Thanks CDR-Info for the info.
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Old Jan 14, 2004, 03:10 AM
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Hmmm. Any hope for the 500 and 510 series?? Probably not on the "official" firmware front.
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Old Jan 14, 2004, 12:43 PM
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normally when a dvd burner like the optorite DD0401 get a firmware update, would the update work on the OEM models like the MagicSpin BDVDRW8D? Just wondering because there only $79 at office max this week after rebate.
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Old Jan 14, 2004, 01:11 PM
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How about the Plextor (DVD+/-RW PLEXTOR|PX-708A/SW R)?
Any news for the firmware update? I just ordered one from newegg.com yesterday for $198...no taxe + free shipping & handling.....By experience Plextor burners in general are more robust and reliable than Sony...I have a Sony DRU 500A Burner awhile ago...but lately for some reason I can not burn at 4X anymore...I did reflash the 2.0g firmware again and again...but still failed burning at 4X (10 coasters)..but it works fine at 2X...so that the reason why I get The Plextor which allow to burn 4X blank DVD at 8X...alot people told me it's really much more reliable than Sony...they burned with the cheapers (Optodisk at 59 Cents from allmediaoutlet.com))4X whithout any problem at all...!!!! I used to have a Plextor SCSI cd-burner long time ago...I know the quality...is the simply the best...!!!
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Old Jan 14, 2004, 01:57 PM
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[i]Originally posted by TT69US [/i]
[B]How about the Plextor (DVD+/-RW PLEXTOR|PX-708A/SW R)?
Any news for the firmware update? I just ordered one from newegg.com yesterday for $198...no taxe + free shipping & handling.....By experience Plextor burners in general are more robust and reliable than Sony...I have a Sony DRU 500A Burner awhile ago...but lately for some reason I can not burn at 4X anymore...I did reflash the 2.0g firmware again and again...but still failed burning at 4X (10 coasters)..but it works fine at 2X...so that the reason why I get The Plextor which allow to burn 4X blank DVD at 8X...alot people told me it's really much more reliable than Sony...they burned with the cheapers (Optodisk at 59 Cents from allmediaoutlet.com))4X whithout any problem at all...!!!! I used to have a Plextor SCSI cd-burner long time ago...I know the quality...is the simply the best...!!! [/B]
Me think you didn't do enough reading about the plextor it has a lot of problems!!! So much so that plextor is just replacing the drive, hows that for reliability?? Sound like one hell of a over price piece of $hit to me. I know theres other drives just as good for a lot less money. I use to have a plextor along time ago and I never will again I have better things to spend my money. JMHO
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Old Jan 14, 2004, 03:19 PM
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Plextor drives definitely have gone downhill in the last year or so. They have an excellent reputation for CD-RW burners but the DVD Drives/Burners don't seem to be as well put together. I had the brand new Plextor DVD-ROM drive and it had all kinds of incompatibility issues. The DVD Burner definitely is not worth $200. Some have great luck with it and others have nothing but incompatibility issues.
 

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