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Old 03-16-2005, 02:28 PM   #1
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i just purchased a sony dvd rw from micro direct. 1 x Sony DW-D22AB Dual Layer Black 16X DVD +/-R/RW oem @ 31.99(37.59) each.
i install it the find out i need to download drivers for it! it is running on the default windows drivers, and shows up as a cd r. so i do a google search, which tells me that sony don't do a up to date or specific driver for this item.
what is more i can only find people bad mouthing it. not one good report on it.
i thought when i purchased it that its spec was ok for the price, so i didn't look at any reviews.
are sony a total pile of crap? my old sony dvd player will only show up as a cd player as well.
look forward to your comments.
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Old 03-16-2005, 02:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: is sony a shoddy manufacturer?

Most Sony drives are rebadged Lite-ons, if u find a good dvdrw forum they will probably have the lite-one firm ware for the equivelent drive, your best bet would be to find the equivelent lite-on drive and flash it with its firmware
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Old 03-16-2005, 02:51 PM   #3
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Default Re: is sony a shoddy manufacturer?

i did download a lite-on driver but had trouble installing it.
if anyone has the time to explain how to do it, i will be all ears.
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Default Re: is sony a shoddy manufacturer?

Is there no other model numbers?

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http://www.cdfreaks.com/drive/brand/27

and their forums
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you want to e-mail that driver u have, then i can tell u how to install it
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they don't got it on that site at all. i read one forum where it suggested that sony have no knowledge of this dvd rw.
anyway, i have packed it up and its going back.
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Can I suggest a DVD writer for you?

Custom PC did a review of a load of them, and I still stand by the LG 4163. Here's a link to the Black coloured retail version in the UK -

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=83439
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