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Old 30-11-2004, 12:38 PM   #1
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DVD testing tools...

Nows seems everyone in Optical forum become Kprobe and Disc Quality testers...lol ok i compile a list for all [noobs] alike
Dun understand how to read graph then go to links to read up and understand...

Before doing any of these test Pls take note of the below :
*Drives must not be on PCI IDE card
*If NForce base board use only WIndows IDE drivers
*use 80 pin IDE cable
*set jumpers correctly
*Power to drive pls do not share it with more than 3 device...
*Last but not least use good media....and dun burn 3 - 4 pcs and conclude no good...any statictician will tell you SAMPLE SIZE too SMALL....not conclusive!!..( FYI I have burnt nearly 40 pcs of DVDs on each my first 3 drives ..makes a total of nearly 100dvds...)
*Make sure your OS drive has more than 5GB of HDD space....when doing burning!!
*Dun Burn data from a USB drive and say Burn time cannot meet...fiak...this simple thing you better know...

*Fiak better read properly which drive can use kprobe which drive can use cdspeed....TDK1616 users...too bad...go buy a BenQ1620 or TDK 1612


Why 4.7 GB is not shown 4.7GB in Nero or Windows
4.7gb stated on the disk actually refers to 4,700,000,000 bytes
BUT in computer terms,
4,700,000,000 bytes divide by 1024 = 4589843.75 kb
4589843.75 kb divide by 1024 = 4482.3 mb
4482.3 mb divide by 1024 = 4.377 gb
Thanks to Shifeng for the above

Alphebatical Order (click link to go to homepage)

CDSpeed :
For BenQ DW1620 drives with firmware B7N9 and above only....
Nero CD-DVD Speed V3.61 released!
Changes
* Create Data Disc: added option to burn Nero image files instead of predefined data
* Added color selection/themes
* Disc Quality test
o added QuickScan function
o improved support for Asus DVD burners
o improved support for AOpen DUW1608/ARR
o improved support for AOpen DVD1648/AAP
o added 12x and 16x speed settings for BenQ DW1620
o added elapsed time in summary screen
* Bitsetting: added DVD+R DL bitsetting for QSI drives
* Small improvements and bug fixes
DVDINFOPro
Some of the Features in DVDINFOPro V3.00
New Benq fast Pi/PO scanning for 8x and 16x drives
New DC Erase function for Nu burners restores RW media to brand new
New Colour options for graphs and plotting via colour picker
New DVD+R DL (Double Layer) support added
LG, BENQ, NU, NEC, BTC, Liteon, Micro Advantage bitsetting added
DVDDecrypter
Change Log DVD Decrypter Ver 3.5.2.0
Added: Support for different/newer types of 'structure protection'
Added: Support for NEC (new style), Plextor and AOpen (use RICOH tab) Bitsetting
Added: Option to not display the dialog box about loading the MDS and not the ISO
Added: Support for running on multimonitor displays
Changed: Burn engine to relieve stress (caused by a fast executing 'While' loop) on the I/O subsystem when doing the 'Lead-In' stage of the burn
Changed: Window snapping so that it snaps on the middle of the screen and not just at the edges
Changed: 'SetWriteParameters' function to attempt to use the drive specified 'link size'. Also changed to hopefully fix some total failures in setting the parameters on certain drives
Changed: Write retries have been reintroduce (old default = 0, new = 20)
Changed: Drag + Drop code enabled / disabled at different times to help prevent some subclassing problems due to ThemeManager - could cause access violations on some PCs when the app is closed
Changed: Added another URL to the 'check for program update' code
Changed: Behaviour of 'Browse' dialog for ISO Write source files. It will now select the nearest folder to the one last selected
Changed: volume label change code to support split image where the backup volume descriptor is at the end of the disc
Fixed: A bug in the 'check for program update' code that could mean 1 failure causes all the retries to fail too
Fixed: UDF volume label changing code to recalculate descriptor CRC + checksum
Fixed: Major slow down on some 'structure protected' discs
Fixed: A problem with some DVDRAM discs, reading them to images and trying to change the volume label
DVD Profiler

DVD Profiler Version 2.2.0, Build 744 ( November 10, 2003)
Driven by the world's most complete and accurate database of DVD information, DVD Profiler is the best way to track your DVD addiction!




DVD Shrink
Latest Version - 3.2.0.15
DVD Shrink is software to backup DVD discs. You can use this software in conjunction with DVD burning software of your choice, to make a backup copy of any DVD video disc.
DVD Shrink will also burn your backup DVD, if you have installed the latest version of Nero. You can download a demo version of Nero here. If you already possess alternative burning software and prefer to stick with it, then you can still use DVD Shrink. The output from DVD Shrink can be saved as files on your hard drive, which you can then burn with software of your choice.DVD Shrink is free software. You should never pay for DVD Shrink

Pls do not use this for unauthorise copy of legal disc unless you own it..!!

DVD Player compatable List

New!!! Are you searching for DVD Recorders then visit our new www.videohelp.com/dvdrecorders
This list is entirely based from user reports. We have not tested or verified any DVD Player features.
Do you miss any DVD Player? Please then submit new DVD Players here.
What is the difference between DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W? Read our DVD info and the DVD Demystified FAQ

Kprobe
For LiteOn Based DVD writers only...ex TDK1208 , TDK1612DLB , All Liteon Based DVD writers
Kprobe2 is designed to work only with LiteOn DVD/CD burners.
Any suggestions, bug reports or general discussion are encouraged in this thread.
As before, Kprobe full install will look for ASPI and install it if none exists. However, you now have the option of using the SPTI driver instead of ASPI, and this will be discussed more later.
KPRobe2 can co-exist with Kprobe1, you do not need to uninstall one in order to run the other. They will, by default, install to the same directory.
Basically this are all you need to test test your burn quality.....of course stable system and ide connection is a must must....must not forget Nero....got ppl here still use Nero 5.5 and ask why dvd cannot...kaoz..

Nero
To have full version pls buy it....it is better...
Nero 6.6.0.5

Version Latest
Bug Fixes
Fixed a DVD 'On the Fly' copy problem
Booktype settings explanation is added in the GUI
Fixed a problem with copying a DVD video over image
Re-encoding of MPEG-1 files to (S)-VCD is improved
Fixed failure to fully erase DVD-RAM
Burning some ASF files caused "Unknown error in the Video MPEG encoder"
Switching to NeroExpress did not close the preview
The save track operation (save as image) did not warn if there was not enough hard disc drive space and no image file was created
Changing the volume creation date caused an error
If an audio CD is created and the source file names are long, the print function can now print all pages
how to have Nero 6 show the writing speed like it used to ?
*RUN REGEDIT
*HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ahead\Nero - Burning Rom\Recorder
*ADD DWORD "ShowSingleRecorderSpeed"
*when you right click and 'modify' "ShowSingleRecorderSpeed"
*from 0 to 1
*Nero then displays the "actual writing speed" when burning

Nero InfoTool

DownloadV2.27.
Changes

DVD+R Double Layer support
Disc Info: improved DVD support, manufacturer ID, supported write speeds
Improved serial number detection
Small improvements and bug fixes
Windows device clean up courtesy of MACCLIPPER
Device Manager displays only non-Plug and Play devices, drivers, and printers when you click the Show hidden devices command on the View menu to enable it. Devices that are installed but are not currently connected to the computer (such as a Universal Serial Bus (USB) device or "ghosted" devices) are not displayed in Device Manager, even when you use the Show hidden devices command



Edit Details :

11 Jan Update Nero 6.6.0.5
10 Jan Update DVD Decrypter V3.5.2.0
28 Dec Update Nero CDSpeed 3.61
24 Dec Update Booktype setting for Nero and DVD Decrypter
19 Dec Update WindowsDevice conflict
14 Dec Update DVD Shrink
13 Dec Update DVD Player List
12 Dec Update DVD Profiler thumbnail
09 Dec Update DVD Profiler
08 Dec Update info on how to show true burning speed in Nero
05 Dec Update Nero Burning ROM 6.6.0.3
02 Dec Update Nero Info Tools V2.27
01 Dec Updated my thoughts in Post#2
30 Nov update I will usee google before asking!!
30 Nov Update drives to use kprobe and cdspeed...anyone ask again i kok your head harder!!
30 Nov Updated some basic tips before doing any of the test
30 Nov Updated drives for kprobe and cdspeed ( base on current writers sold at SITEX 04 )
30 Nov edited links

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Old 30-11-2004, 12:48 PM   #2
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if using external case for dvd writer..how to check 16x capable or not??

1)goto www.cdspeed2000.com and download cdspeed 3.55
2)unzip and run the exe file
3)slect dvd writer fromt he drop down list
4) insert a cd into your dvd drive and press F6
5) read the value at the bottom right of screen
here shows 18MB/s



From what I have read, most people are getting:
19 to 20MB/s = USB = 12X
21 to 22MB/s = 1394-Firewire = 12X
23 to 24MB/s+ = Internal IDE = 16X


Booktype Setting in DVD decrytper
Courtesy of Macclipper
Just in case someone needs the info, here's how to set the booktype in this burner using Decrypter (copied from my HWZ post). OK, here goes, self explanatory pics.

Right click on the burner and then proceed. It should be set as such unless you change it again.



HTH.
Booktype Setting in Nero
Courtesy of SEN
Booktype for Nero
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Wat values do i look out for to check if the burn was gd?
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aiyo..i provide links...go the the links to read up...and understand from there
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Suggest making this as stickly. Nice infomation.
But most likely the mods wont be making it stickly anyway.
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so on and off we up this thread lor...
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so on and off we up this thread lor...
Thats the only way lor. Funny rite......this forum have mod like not having one. They should either make you, Sen or HP to be the mod instead.
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sry could u direct me the link where they talk about the result of the burn. cant seem to find in in the cdspeed webby.
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google it pls.....on disc quality
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sry could u direct me the link where they talk about the result of the burn. cant seem to find in in the cdspeed webby.
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread....5&pagenumber=1
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How to interpret the graphs
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Hi , how about the TDK 1616N , can use Kprobe ?
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Kprobe
For LiteOn Based DVD writers only...ex TDK1208 , TDK1612DLB , All Liteon Based DVD writers
i kok your head...lol NO!!
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30 Nov Update drives to use kprobe and cdspeed...anyone ask again i kok your head harder!!
30 Nov Updated some basic tips before doing any of the test
30 Nov Updated drives for kprobe and cdspeed ( base on current writers sold at SITEX 04 )
30 Nov edited links
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