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    Question External Burners

    I have found the following External Burners from the following sites:
    <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns URL="http://www.meritline.com/nec-nd-3550a-with-usb-enclosure.htmlUSB"]http://www.meritline.com/nec-nd-3550a-with-usb-enclosure.html[/B]USB[/URL] 2.0

    External NEC ND-3550A 8X Dual Layer 16X DVD Burner (OEM Bare Drive), BlackSale $62.95 +Shipping $9.76=$72.71<o></o>
    2)http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136081

    LG Black USB 2.0 External DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write Model GSA-2164D - Retail-Sale Price $96.99 No Shipping Charge

    I couldn't find an external Benq model.

    CD Freaks mentioned buying an internal model and an external bay. "Make your own." Since there are more internal models available, would this be a better alternative to buying an external out of the box?


    I would appreciate your comments, suggestions or any alternatives you may have. I would be running an external burner off my lapxp. Could I run the external burner off my 98se?

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    http://3btech.net/exbe16xdolad.html

    they offer a lot of cheap crap, watch out, but this looks like a quality clearnance product as it's an old model but very good

    probably got the G firmware and would have to be crossflashed to B to scan?

    http://3btech.net/exlg16xdolam.html

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    Wow a Benq. I would only be buying a burner. Nothing else.

    I forgot to put the site of the NEC-ND-3550A 8X Dual Layer 16X DVD Burner (OEM Bare Drive), Black
    http://www.meritline.com/nec-nd-3550...enclosure.html
    I guess I'm asking, Chewy, which of the four do you think I should I buy?
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    the meritline is a homemade job in a cheap case with bad chipset and no optimized external firmware,

    I'd gamble on the lg external refurbished, that's a combo usb2/firewire drive
    in a premium case with excellent firmware support, those drives sell for over 100-120$, PROBABLY GOT FREE SHIPPING ALSO

    the benq I found usb2 only has scanning firmware

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    Chewy,
    What can I say? You the Man! I was leaning twards the Lg because of the combo usb2/firewire.
    I installed a firewire card on my 98se a few years back. I was trying to convince my wife to buy a digital video camera. Now I can use it. The lap has both.
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    I got my asus a8v deluxe mobo refurb for 47$, they sold for about 150$ when they first came out, the refurbs go for over 70$ now, I can't resist a gamble,
    if it's bad rma it!

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    I ordered it! No shipping!
    Sorry I forgot to ask. Should I use, USB or Firewire?
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    Should I use, USB or Firewire?
    both are resource and cpu/system intensive, if you have a few usb devices already in use, I would definitely use the firewire, some usb2 chips can
    keep up with 12x rips or burns, most do not. It would be good to test,
    just try read test with cdspeed, the LG will be slow and accurate anyway.
    The LG's burn faster than any burner tho, firewire is usually much faster.
    I would test each at 12x just to see what works best then back down the speed to 4x or 8x depending on how good your media is and how optimized your computer is.

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    Thanks Chewy!
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    http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/191
    “The worlds fastest DVD-Writer, which also offers good quality. But stay away from unknown disc types with this drive.”

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    Thank Chewy for the spec link.
    I noticed that there are items that may or may not be shipped with the burner due to being an OEM.
    This is what the Retail bundle consists of:

    The drive itself
    Program installation CD (Nero 6 Express and Cyberlink Power DVD and Power Producer)
    Manual
    Software quick guide
    Power supply
    Power cable
    USB 2.0 cable
    Firewire cable

    Is it traditional not to send these items? I knew about the "Does not include software" because it was advertised that way. I didn't read the fine print ,"OEM products may or may not include accessories such as manuals, software, etc." I e-mailed them today to cancel the order if these other items are omitted from the burner package. I'll be calling as well. Seems like having to buy all the different cords wouldn't make the price all that great. Should I be worried?
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    cables are the only thing that I would want, software would probably be obsolete.

    My refurb mobo came bare, but I was prepared, had researched it for over a month, even how to overclock, which was why I chose it.

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    I really didn't care about the software.
    The cables could be a bit expensive. I had researched burner quality but I didn't realize there was a separate OEM category potentially omitting accessories (cables).
    If it doesn't come with the cables, back it goes.
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    I called.
    Yes!!!!! It comes with all the cables.
    I will have to get the instructions from the link Chewy gave me.
    No problems.
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    I just burned a disk with my new external LG-5163D. Verified disk. I went to run CD Speed and Info tool and neither recognize the burner. The burner is on a firewire. DVDD recognized it just fine.
    Any reason for this problem?
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