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LG GSA-H10A Super Multi DVD Burner Review

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crossg
Retired Moderator & Reviewer
Article posted 25 Jul 06 23:22

Introduction


 

 

Review: LG GSA-H10A
Reviewer: crossg
Firmware:
JL03.
Manufactured: February 2006

Company information:

Let\’s take a look at some of the company information found at the LG website.

The Foundation of LG

LG was established in 1947 as Korea\’s first chemical company, also becoming the nation\’s first electronics company with its expansion into home appliances in 1958. The new Corporate Identity was launched including the change of the group name from Lucky-Goldstar to LG in 1995.

Business Fields

The wide array of activities that LG conducts is coordinated within three highly focused business sectors: Chemicals & Energy, Electronics and Telecommunications & Services. Each sector has undergone systematic changes, with improved financial compositions, restructured business portfolios and realigned equity investment structures.

The split of two holding companies LG Corp. and GS Holdings Corp.

On March 2003, LG introduced the holding company structure and recently, the demerger of two holding companies – LG Corp. and GS Holdings Corp. took place on July 1 to separate the manufacturing and technology related businesses from the service and retail operations. The separation is meant to maximize profits of LG shareholders by boosting business specialization of key LG companies.

Increasing R&D investment in 2004

With the anticipations and expectations for the new structure, LG has set an ambitious management goal for this year. In 2003, LG\’s ordinary profit stood at KRW 3.1 trillion on sales of KRW 85 trillion. In 2004, LG plans to raise ordinary profit and sales by 42% and 12% year-on-year respectively. This year\’s ordinary profit target is KRW 4.4 trillion and the sales target is KRW 95 trillion. LG plans to increase the R&D investments by 31% from last year to KRW 9.4 trillion in 2004.

If you are interested in reading more company information, please visit www.lg.co.kr/english

Drive specifications:


 

 

 

Now let\’s take a look at the specifications of the LG GSA-H10A, found at LG\’s website:


What\’s comes with the OEM drive?


 

 

 

On this page we will take a look at what the drive came with and take a look at the drive and its technology.

Below you will see what came with the OEM LG GSA-H10A:


  • The internal drive itself
  • Nero 6 OEM Suite
  • LG DVD Writer Solution CD: 
    1. PowerDVD
    2. PowerProducerGold  
    3. Nero ExpressInCD  
    4. Acrobat Reader
  • Super Multi DVD Drive CD:
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty information

Now it\’s time to take a look at the drive itself:


Front

On the front bezel we see an eject button, an emergency eject hole and a LED (green – for read and write – we prefer a different LED color though for writing). The logos located on the loading tray include the Super Multi logo, a DVD Alliance DVD+R DL logo, the LG logo, a DVD Forum DVD-Multi Recorder logo, a CD-RW Ultra Speed logo.


Top


Label

On top of the drive we found one sticker. In the bottom left corner we can see it was manufactured in China in February 2006.


Bottom


Back

On the back of the drive starting from the left, we can see a reserved connector; analogue audio connector; pins and jumper to set the drive to cable select, slave or master; IDE connector and finally the power connector.


A look inside


RENESAS Chipset

We installed the drive without any problems and here is a screenshot from Nero InfoTool:

 

From the screenshot of Nero InfoTool we see lack of support for Mount Rainier or CD+G. The drive provided was shipped with firmware JL02 installed.

 

From the \’Choose Recorder\’ screen of Nero Burning ROM we also see that the drive supports Bitsetting to DVD-ROM:

Let\’s continue the review and see how the drive performs.

On the next page we will take a look at the test machine, the software, the drive features…………


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