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post #1 of 10 Old 08-13-2003, 07:30 PM - Thread Starter
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I have a DMR HS2 with RAM and am just about to invest in a DVD burner for my new PC.
I called my component supplier to place an order that inluded LG RAM and -R burner capability only to be told that LG have stopped manufacturing them?
Apparently Panny are the ONLY manufacturer producing RAM burners etc.
It seems we could be heading for a Sony Betamax situation here?
It seems to me that RAM is a good concept (as was Beta) except it's no value if it will be discontinued in the near future.
Any info or suggestions would help?
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-13-2003, 08:32 PM
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Huh? The LG 4040B (or something like that) was just released a few weeks ago.. It's available from a lot of online retailers. (at least they CLAIM to have them.....) I think a little over $200...

It's a very nice burner that handles ALL DVD formats including DVD-RAM..
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LG & iOmega just introduced new models that do dvd-Ram.

iOmega Link:
http://www.iomega.com/na/products/pr...=1060828164292

LG Link: http://www.lgeus.com/Product/CD/GSA_4040b.asp

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A DMR-E80 for the Television.

Since -RAM is suppose to be rewritable 100,000 times, I wouldn't worry.

C-Net on the LGGSA-4040B
http://reviews.cnet.com/LGE_GSA_4040...-30468920.html

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Thanks Potas
I'm in Australia and I went to LG (Aus) web site to check.
Nothing there except a DVD ROM reader?
Wonder why they've dropped them here?
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FYI: The iomega drive is the same as the LG GSA-4040b.
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Thanks heaps
Whew!!! I've been inundated with info. Thanks all!
It seems that it's the old story of Australia being left till last with respect to newly released models.
Maybe one day...
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Actually, I'm a little more concerned today than I was before I went to Comp-USA, where I normally find my best prices on "-RAM's". While they seemed to have 3 times the stock of +R's, -R's, +RW's and -RW's that they had two months ago, there was not one -Ram to be had. They were also sparse at BestBuy, Wall-Mart, and Target. Seems like more +R's and +RW's than ever, too.

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CompUSA seems to have abandoned the DVD-RAM format. They even had their own house-brand disks for awhile, but these days the only brand they seem to carry is Memorex, and I wouldn't take those if you gave them to me. I once had 11 defective Memorex DVD-RAM disks out of 15. Utter crap.

Circuit City (at least in the Atlanta area) still carries DVD-RAM media. On their website they have TDK and Panasonic media for about $7 per disk (Panasonic in 3-packs) with free shipping. The TDK disks are a "clearance item - while supplies last."
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You can find three packs of Maxell at WallyWorld for $12.97 (in keep cases, bare discs)
You can still find Imation on the CompUSA web site (outrageously priced)
BestBuy has a 5 pack of Fuji in store for $29 ($6/each).

If there is anyone out there that prefers their RAM discs BARE and have some old Type2/4 shells gathering dust... I'll pay postage and buy you a good lunch for them (grin)

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