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Shannon Peters Feb 28, 2008, 09:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
Hey guys! Been a loooong time since I posted. My t6522 is still running and doing mostly what I want it to do but I have a small problem lately.

I have been trying to burn dvd's and when I put the burnt dvd into my dvd player in the bedroom the movie freezes and is unwatchable. I don't think its my software as I have tried 2 seperate burning programs.

This makes me think that is my dvd drive. I have heard great things about LITEON brand of drives so my get one to see if that fixes my problem. But what I need to know is if anyone knows if our original drive (TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H552B CDROM Drive) is IDE or SATA?

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john albrich Feb 28, 2008, 09:38am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 28, 2008, 09:46am EST

 
>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
It is an IDE drive.

However, I would recommend an NEC3550A if you can get one. LiteOns are good, but I am very impressed with the NEC drive's ability to burn media that even LiteOns can't make usable. I recommend not buying a used or open-box DVD burner, however.

Actually, the problem may be your media. Some brands just don't work well in some standalone DVD players, especially if you burn really long shows that burn all the way out to the very edge of the DVD, and sometimes even just because the discs age while they are being stored unburned/unused. (e.g. a package of a brand that worked 1 year ago might stop working reliably simply because it has aged)

BTW, if you ever want to turn an IDE drive into a SATA connecting drive, you can buy a ~US$12 adapter that will do so very effectively. It can eliminate a bulky PATA cable.


edit to add-and of course, if you've changed the media, then it could be the disc format. Some standalone players easily handle DVD+R discs, but are unreliable with DVD-R discs, and vice-versa.

It can also depend on burning speed. I generally burn discs at 4X even when they are rated higher. The higher vibration in the drive at the higher RPMs can produce a disc that is closer to 'out-of-spec' than a disc burned at lower RPMs. If you want, you can find more information about that by reading up on "adaptive optics" in CD and DVD drives.

Also, dust inside the player becomes a more critical issue with certain types of discs, and is a problem in general.

Ryan Evans Mar 15, 2008, 06:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
troy k said:
Well I had to use my restore disc finally. 1 thing I have to tell you is you might have to remove some things you have added such as a video card. The restore disc just would not work properly till I unplugged my video card then it worked fine. I tried and tried but found this was the only way it would finish loading up. Just wanted to save everyone else the hassle.


Thanks for this comment! I was having the exact same problem until I read your post. I almost wasted $20 ordering the recovery discs from emachines because they told me I probably had corrupted CD's. Luckily I was able to cancel the order before it was too late. Now everything is running smoothly.
Has anyone ever noticed how quickly the computer boots up after the factory restore especially compared to restarting it after just a few new program installations? This happened on my T6520 as well.

Hans Moleman Mar 18, 2008, 01:23am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I stay away from NEC drives. Of the three I've owned one was DOA, one lasted 4 months, and the last lasted 1 year so I couldn't exchange it for a replacement with Newegg like the first two. I know they're popular, but I stick with what's worked better for me. I've done well with Liteon drives and two of the computers in my house have Asus DVD burners which have worked very well and came with Nero even though they were OEM drives.

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john albrich Mar 18, 2008, 02:06am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
Hans Moleman said:
I stay away from NEC drives....

I recommended a specific model...the NEC3550A. In the 3550A NEC appears to have done an outstanding job with stability, and the adaptive optics and laser power control programming over all speed ranges (hence its ability to burn reliable disks well above their rated speeds).

As for LiteOn drives in general, I've seen good drives and bad drives...just as with NEC in general.

Tim Ritt Jul 18, 2008, 08:43am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Emachines T6522 Desktop: is it good?
You can try crossflashing it to a TS-H552U before trashing the drive. Do a search on Cd freaks to get the directions on crossflashing it. I did mine long ago, and have great luck with US07 firmware. US08 or US09 is the latest fw I believe but I haven't tried it yet, as my drive is fine and I don't believe the update was that important.


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