Memorex 48/24/48 (Possiblly 52X) + 100 CDR for $39.99 (+tax) @Staples

Kuma

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I just bought:
Item 1: 100 PACK SPINDLE CD-R 40X (486568) @ $39.98
Item 2: MEMOREX 48X24X24 CDRW DRIVE(495519) @ $69.94
Total: $109.92
$30 off $100 Coupon: -$30.00
Total Tax: $6.59
Order Total: $86.51
CD-R Rebate: -$20.00 (expired 12/31/02)
CDRW DRIVE Rebate: -$20.00 (expired 11/09/02)
Total: $46.51

This is about the price of buying the CDRW along and I get 100 40X CD-R for free. Also, it's possible that I can flash the MEMOREX 48X24X24 CDRW DRIVE to a 52X drive. This is cheaper than the OfficeMax deal if I can flash it!
 

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I can attest to the deal with the Memorex 48Maxx drive. I purchased one about 4 days ago from Staples. All Memorex 48x drives *are* Lite-On drives. I flashed mine to 52/24/52 this morning.

Please see the following thread for more details on the flash process where I documented the issues experienced - along with what was done to get the drive successfully flashed: CDFreaks Forum
 

DTBH

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good deal!

Was reading your post and thought the rebates were expired like you typed. Should be expires... got tricked! :) thanks for the deal
 

rryde12

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Where can I get teh Staples Coupon?

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Lifer
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Originally posted by: rryde12
Where can I get teh Staples Coupon?
Dude, don't beg for the coupons. It's a prohibited practice on these forums. People might be willing to assist you - provided, you turn on your Private Messages. :)
 

BeastBuy

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Originally posted by: wje
I can attest to the deal with the Memorex 48Maxx drive. I purchased one about 4 days ago from Staples. All Memorex 48x drives *are* Lite-On drives. I flashed mine to 52/24/52 this morning.

Please see the following thread for more details on the flash process where I documented the issues experienced - along with what was done to get the drive successfully flashed: CDFreaks Forum

Besides the boost to 52x and the name change to Lite-On, is there any other added benefit to flashing? I picked up this drive as well, and it works nicely. I wouldn't want to mess with it unless there was a really good reason :confused:
 

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Lifer
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Originally posted by: BeastBuy
Originally posted by: wje
I can attest to the deal with the Memorex 48Maxx drive. I purchased one about 4 days ago from Staples. All Memorex 48x drives *are* Lite-On drives. I flashed mine to 52/24/52 this morning.

Please see the following thread for more details on the flash process where I documented the issues experienced - along with what was done to get the drive successfully flashed: CDFreaks Forum

Besides the boost to 52x and the name change to Lite-On, is there any other added benefit to flashing? I picked up this drive as well, and it works nicely. I wouldn't want to mess with it unless there was a really good reason :confused:


BestBuy,

Actually, there is a very valid reason to get rid of the Memorex firmware that is on this drive. My drive shipped with firmware release '6WS2' on it - and I'm sure all of the others have too. Using the Nero Info tool, I checked the drive and the following information was returned to me:

Write speed: 40x
Read speed: 8x

WTF?? Memorex is selling this drive underclocked!! :(

However, once I flashed mine with the '6S02' Lite-On firmware, the Nero Info tool now reports the following:

Write speed: 52x
Read speed: 52x

Yeah, baby - just as it should be. ;)

If anyone is about to flash their firmware on this drive ........ please ensure that you make a copy of the existing firmware via the Mtkflash utility. Please send me a copy of this firmware - Please, please, please. :) I just want the firmware in the event I ever need to send the drive back to Memorex for warranty purposes.

I still can't believe how Memorex "underclocked" this drive and wrote on the box what it was capable of - damn them. :( Maybe, I'll flash mine back to the old firmware, document it and send them a letter demanding reimbursement for false advertising. :)

Enjoy!! :) :)
 

BeastBuy

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That's odd, WJE, that your drive was underclocked... Mine was recognized as a 48x by Nero (5.5.9.17) maybe because my firmware release was SWS3? Anyways, if you'd like that one for any reason, just gimme a holler.
 

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Originally posted by: BeastBuy
That's odd, WJE, that your drive was underclocked... Mine was recognized as a 48x by Nero (5.5.9.17) maybe because my firmware release was SWS3? Anyways, if you'd like that one for any reason, just gimme a holler.

Yes, weird it is. I'll E-mail you a request for the firmware. I'm going to put up a page with the various firmware releases so we contain all of this information on one page. Right now, this information is floating all over the place at the CDFreaks forum - and it's getting hard to keep straight.

lightpants, I never received the firmware - I'll send you an E-mail also.

Thanks! ;)
 

Hugo59

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Thank you Kuma and wje. I got in on the deal and upgraded the drive last night to the lite-on 52x.

Thanks agian.
 

kenja

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An open letter to junior members, etc.:

Most every coupon can be found via google, but the easiest route for me is to go to a certain deals site and search their forum using the store name. The site I'm talking about is so hot, the Anandtech software will reject a post mentioning it by name.

Here's a clue: f@tw@llet

By the way, would someone please send me the coupon for the free Anandtech vacation deal?

(j/k):)


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Mod Edit:

By the way, would someone please send me the coupon for the free Anandtech vacation deal?

Here's a clue for you, it's when one thinks they are so sly by doing something like this to circumvent the rules:

Here's a clue: f@tw@llet

;)
 

ghetto buck

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Is this drive quiet at high speeds? Also is there anything on staples.com that is around $30 and closer to free after rebate to further pad drive savings since I have tons of cdr's?
 

WebDude

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I'm in. By the way, does anyone know where you can get 24x CD-RW discs, reasonably priced, or just at all?

WebDude:cool:
 

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Lifer
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Originally posted by: wje
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Actually, there is a very valid reason to get rid of the Memorex firmware that is on this drive. My drive shipped with firmware release '6WS2' on it - and I'm sure all of the others have too. Using the Nero Info tool, I checked the drive and the following information was returned to me:

Write speed: 40x
Read speed: 8x

WTF?? Memorex is selling this drive underclocked!! :(

However, once I flashed mine with the '6S02' Lite-On firmware, the Nero Info tool now reports the following:

Write speed: 52x
Read speed: 52x

I have one small correction to make in regards to the statement that I made regarding read and write speeds in my posting. I found out that the Nero InfoTool may not properly report the correct read/write speeds though the utility itself. To properly report the results, a CDR must be utilized for the read/write tests to be properly reported. Additionally, I have read that the Memorex firmware is very, very similar to Lite-On firmware release '6S02.' With that being said, I want to appologize for misleading people if I have done so.

And with that note, I still believe there are advantages to using the Lite-On firmware over the Memorex firmware. Why, you ask? Well, Lite-On will make updates to the firmware on their drives at a much more rapid pace than Memorex will. The firmware updates may/may not include bug fixes, but will most likely include performance enhancers - or, turn on additional capabilities for the drive itself. Plus, if you hold onto a copy of the Memorex firmware, you could always flash the drive back to the correct release of firmware with the utility - provided, you needed to get the drive fixed for warranty purposes.

However, this is only a $29.95 CDRW drive. Overclock it, flash it, and most of all have fun with it. :) Heck, I remember paying $500 for my Intel CPUs and then messing around with overclocking them - which was a much bigger risk because of the price paid - and maybe a 30-day warranty, if even that. :(

Now, for the follow-ups:

Drive Noise: In my opinion, the drive only makes slightly more noise than my 24x Lite-On drive did. I don't consider this drive to be very noisy at all, actually. I think my old 32x NEC CDR drive was much, much louder when reading discs.

24 CDRW Media: No, I'm not familiar with a place/retailer/E-tailer that sells them. However, I would be interested in purchsing the media - if it were available.

$30 Staples Purchase: I'm not familiar with anything in the range of $30 that you could add to your cart which would allow you to use a larger coupon. However, if you lived anywhere close to me (Wash. D.C. area), I need office supplies - and could probably pick out $30 worth of supplies that I would buy off of you once you received them. ;)
 

Netma

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I have ordered this drive together with the 100 pak of cdrs. I went to the link for the 6S02 firmware upgrade. Doesn't seem to be downloadable. I saved the page which I assume is a bin file. When I use the flash program do I need to use the /B parameter. I don't want to screw up my new drive. I have never flashed the firmware on a cdrw before.