is the Memorex 40x12x48 Really a 40x12x48 Liteon drive @compusa 59.+no rebates

Lostinmyusa

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Needed three cd toasters real quick
so i picked up a cendyne 40x @ circuit city
it turned out to be a Liteon LTR-40125S = MODEL NUMBER RIGHT ON THE BOX, came with Nero ver 5.8?? , END COST 59. AFTER 20 REBATE FROM CIRCUIT CITY AND 20 REBATE FROM CENDYNE, UGH, TWO SEP. REBATES,, ick..

and i needed two more, so Compusa has Memorex 40x for 59. with no stinking rebates, just a straight 59 bucks out the door,
and this came with Roxio ver 5.1Basic

=> Point is, the memorex and the ( cendyne (which says on the box that it is a Liteon)) are they the same drive? => they look identical on all six sides,,
except fer the label that saz liteon and memorex ????

is the 40x memorex a 40x liteon?? = 59. out the door-no stinkin rebates!!!
-anyone know the answer??
 

kindest

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cant you check in nero the drive manufactor #
if it doesnt say LTR then its not a liteon.
 

PhantomZX

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I've been wondering the same thing for the last few days. I managed to flash mine with the Lite-On 4012W flash and it worked fine, but does being able to flash with the lite-on flash necessarily mean that it is a lite-on drive?
 

mainomega

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i was under the belief that a drive that was rebaged would still show up as a liteon. I've gotten a lot of CDR and DVD all with different names, but when hooked up, they reported the true manufacture.

I think tis only a LiteOn if it reports as one.
 

Lostinmyusa

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i allready sold the two puters that i put the memorex drives in,

BUT THEY LOOK IDENTICAL to the liteon drive, EXCEPT FER THE LABELS,

I PUT EM BOTH SIDE BY SIDE UNDER MY NUKE-EM PHOTONIC GENERATOR AND ALL SIX SIDES OF drives LOOK IDENTICAL,just the label was diff.,,
SO, since i need more,
i ordered 10 more at compusa online fer 59 each plus about 23 fer 2 day shippen,
i cant wait fer rebates, i need burners now, and cheap,
as fer cheap, i found refurbed acers 24x burners fer about 40 at wholesaleauction.com ,, acer is now BenQ ,, i really hate acer, they are very low in quality,, so where do ya go fer cheap??

microcenter.com has 18 stores around usa, they are pushing a Norcent 32x burner fer 29 after rebates
what the hay is a Norcent burner ?? never heard of it before ??

and i cant stand the rebate wait fer a check that seems to never ever come,, ugh,,
 

Synergy3618

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Originally posted by: mainomega
i was under the belief that a drive that was rebaged would still show up as a liteon. I've gotten a lot of CDR and DVD all with different names, but when hooked up, they reported the true manufacture.

I think tis only a LiteOn if it reports as one.

This is only true for some brands such as Cendyne, I/O Magic, they just box LiteOn in their own package. For other brands like TDK and Verbatim, they use different firmwares and face plates with LiteOn drives although they can still be reflashed back to LiteOn. Since PhantomZX was able to reflash the Memorex Drive back to LiteOn, they are definitely LiteOn OEM. Snatchface in another thread also reported that Memorex drives were LiteOn. Link
 

VirtualLarry

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Originally posted by: PhantomZX
I've been wondering the same thing for the last few days. I managed to flash mine with the Lite-On 4012W flash and it worked fine, but does being able to flash with the lite-on flash necessarily mean that it is a lite-on drive?

Overall, that's a pretty damn good indication, yes.

Got one of these drives for a friend, to replace her failed CD-ROM drive. I figured, it doesn't cost much more than a CD-ROM, why the heck not get a burner. Even if the system is currently a little bit underpowered, she can use it in the new system when she upgrades. (Currently a Compaq Presario slimline desktop non-upgradable Cyrix MediaGX box.)

I'm thinking of picking one up for myself later. I really dig Yamaha drives (have a 6X SCSI right now), but the price on these can't be beat, and I'm getting tired of it taking 15 minutes a whack to burn each disc of my Ghost backups, about 25 discs total. If only I could have gotten in on the CC Yamaha CRW3200EZ dealio...

 

PhantomZX

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So if my drive weren't a Lite-On, it wouldn't flash successfully right? I'm also curious now because someone put a link that said the Memorex was the Lite-On 4012S model, but I managed to flash with the 4012W firmware...are the 4012S and 4012W firmwares interchangeable, so I may really have an S instead of a W?

Thanks!

Originally posted by: Synergy3618
Originally posted by: mainomega
i was under the belief that a drive that was rebaged would still show up as a liteon. I've gotten a lot of CDR and DVD all with different names, but when hooked up, they reported the true manufacture.

I think tis only a LiteOn if it reports as one.

This is only true for some brands such as Cendyne, I/O Magic, they just box LiteOn in their own package. For other brands like TDK and Verbatim, they use different firmwares and face plates with LiteOn drives although they can still be reflashed back to LiteOn. Since PhantomZX was able to reflash the Memorex Drive back to LiteOn, they are definitely LiteOn OEM. Snatchface in another thread also reported that Memorex drives were LiteOn. Link

 

Synergy3618

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PhantomZX:

Yes, only rebadged LiteOn drives can be flashed back to LiteOn, otherwise we'll have very serious copyright infringement issues.

I believe LTR-40125S, 40125W, 48125W have the same hardware, so these three firmwares should be interchangeable. Since the latest firmware for 40125S has switched from Z-CLV to P-CAV writing, I doubt that there is any major difference between 40125S and 40125W, although 40125S seems designed for the US market with more frequent update. You can get different versions of LiteOn firmwares Here

Since TDK drives are OOS in CompUSA stores, the Memorex deal actually isn't too bad
 

qadesh

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Just bought the Memorex 40MAXX, flashed it to LTR-40125S (6/27/02 JS0K firmware), and it works flawlessly in XP, Mac OS 9 and X
 

MysticMan1

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If you are going to pay that much for a 40x rebadged LiteOn you might as will buy the 40x LiteOn at DELL, after the 10% off, free shipping and no sales tax for most people it's actually a few $$$ less than that 40x Memorex drive.
 

The Sauce

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Yes, it is a lite-on. I bought one last weekend and posted about it. No one seemed interested then.
 

Lostinmyusa

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verdict is in, Memorex 40x12x48 = is = Liteon 40x12x48

at Compusa the Memorex price is 59.99 plus sales tax, no waiting fer rebates,

at Dell the price is 59.36 with free shipping,+ gotta wait,,
is there sales tax at dell ?
if so => Dell deal is same as walking into compusa and paying 63 cents more, and not waiting fer the shipping = WAIT, WAIT, AND WAIT,,,
 

PhantomZX

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Snatchface,

I did read your post and that's the entire reason I bought mine. Thanks for pointing it out!