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October 21, 2004 4:07:09 AM

i ran dvd info pro freeware and come to find out my sony (DRU500A) dvd+-RW drive has CPRM authenticate. I looked it up as i've read about it before and remembering how bad it was and sure enough its that anti-piracy thing. It was threatened that it was going to go into hard drives and the like to prevent people from making copies of mp3's and other files.

i have the sony dru-500A. I really don't like CPRM and if i would have known this drive had it i wouldn't have bought it. I paid good money for it too now i'm kind of pissed. I had problems making copies of programs before and with this drive i cannot make multisession disks.

what could you suggest i do? i'm looking at the pioneer 108XL for 145 about. Just looking for ideas of what you fellow tech savvy nerds would do.

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October 21, 2004 6:20:47 AM

Companies I would most likely suspect of adding anti pirating to their hardware, in order of likelyness:

Sony
Pioneer
Panasonic

Companies that are less likely to bother with it:
NEC
TEAC

I'd probably go with a Chinese drive if I really wanted to make sure no anti-pirating measures were taken.

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October 21, 2004 1:50:47 PM

ya the new NEC looks nice ... but i read one review where they had quite a bit of problems with it. I'll have to find other reviews.

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October 21, 2004 9:56:04 PM

What is Lite-On up to these days?

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October 22, 2004 4:58:27 PM

interesting ... but ya don't know much about lite on.

well NEC looks good... but the new plextor coming out next month for pre-orders has the samething as the NEC but 8x dvd+rw and that "bit" thing as well as 8MB cache.



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October 22, 2004 7:28:57 PM

i agree plextors are insanely over priced.

not sure if i should upgrade my sony dru500AX now or wait 4 months. If i get one now i'd probably get NEC3500A. I'll have to look into the lite on that you said just came out.

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