View Full Version : Which DVD drive would you recommend ?

7th June 2001, 03:12
I'm currently considering buying a DVD drive.
It must have the following features/properties :

- Medium price
- Not too noisy (important) (must be tray, not slot-in)
- Must be able to read both CD-RWs and DVDs
- Reasonably fast (8-12x, not 16x speed)
- Must be able to change region (without limit).

The noise part is especially important. I currently own a 32x pioneer slot-in CD-ROM drive and it is incredibly noisy, so I won't even consider a 40x slot-in.

Any suggestions/comments ?

Torben R

7th June 2001, 04:08
buying the earlier versions of dvds has its own incompatibilties with some dvds but anyhting around 6x should be unlocked also i think the asus dvds are unlocked also and there are various websites that offer downloadable software that flashes the drives rom to no regions a little iffy here
so my suggestion is to look for drives around the 6 to 10x speed from asus personally I have a 16x pioneer scsi drive which is region locked but I only have or rent dvds within region 1 so thats no problem for me

MSI K7TPro2 Duron 750@900
512Ram G400DH32mb
Pioneer SCSI 16xDVD
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7th June 2001, 04:13
16x Pioneer SCSI DVD???? which model number is that?

I've got a 10x SCSI myself (the 305S), and indeed I'm suffering of the region locked problem as well... and for me this is a bitg problem http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/frown.gif http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/frown.gif

7th June 2001, 04:22
There are a many sites with region hacks, for example :

But they don't seem to include your drive dZeus http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/frown.gif

Btw: I'm looking for an IDE DVD-drive.

Anyone have specific models/brands that they like ?

7th June 2001, 04:33
A regionhack for my drive won't appear until after Pioneer released an updated firmware for it. WHy? The people who hack the firmwares don't have a tool to dump the firmware that's in the drive...

7th June 2001, 04:52
Ok, didn't know that was the connection.
Hope for you they find a bug soon so they can release the new firmware http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

I think I'll go for an ASUS DVD-E612. In a review (http://www.rojakpot.com/Reviews/ASUS_E612/ASUS_E612_02.htm) (and also from other sources), it says that you can hack the region protection by simply removing a "test" jumper.

It's probably a bit noisy, but I'll just have to find a way to live with it http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif (and if it gets to bad, it has a feature that lets you turn the speed down)


7th June 2001, 04:54
Uhh yeah, I'd want a quiet DVD drive as well http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

Suggestions, please! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


7th June 2001, 06:59
Anything from Toshiba!

BTW avoid Hitachi DVD drives they suck!

7th June 2001, 07:15
Several of us beta testers use the Toshiba SD-M1402 12x DVD drive. It's cheap (~$65 USD) and reads everything.

I give it two thumbs up http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

7th June 2001, 08:47
is the toshiba region free?

7th June 2001, 09:29
If you had followed the links as posted on this page, you could have found out by yourself that it is possible to make that particular drive regionfree.

And I'm not really advising the Pioneer 305S to anyone... when reading CDROMs it's very noisy, and it's very slow on mode-2 CDs as well... Go for the toshiba

7th June 2001, 09:33
My Pioneer is noisy when reading data CD's. But it's very quiet when playing DVD's or audio CD's. Maybe what you need is just a program that limits the maximum speed of the drive. I think Plextor's software does this, but I'm not sure.

7th June 2001, 09:50
The drive I mentioned above is very quiet and yes, can be made region free.

7th June 2001, 14:26
dZeus, what are mode-2 CDs??

7th June 2001, 18:17
CDrom XA (ie Mode 2) def.

7th June 2001, 23:32
thanks Greebe!

8th June 2001, 02:47
in real world use that translate into:

Mode2 particularly is used with (S)VCDs for the Video track, which is in Mode2 Form2, i.e. no error correction, as when there's a bad block in a MPEG stream you probably either:
- won't notice the visual defect because it's too small
- it will only last for a very short time (on average half the time of the video keyframe interval)

It's also used for (almost?) all CDs that have both a data track and an audio track (many games).

Many CDROM drives can read Mode1 cds at the rated speed, but are very slow at Mode2... Especially AOpen drives are VERY slow with mode2. Plextor drives are often as fast with Mode1 as with Mode2

8th June 2001, 03:28
I got the Toshiba SD-M1502 16x DVD drive awhile ago. No installation problems. It's quiet and fast.