As with most IDE
drives now installation is simple.
We installed it as secondary master
by changing the jumper on the back
(which was originally set as slave).
The drive was detected in Windows
XP without any problems.
Auto insert notification
was enabled but we disabled it by
changing the registry key "KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Services/Cdrom/Autorun=0".
DMA is normally successfully turned
on by default if Windows XP can detect
Nero InfoTool 1.01 is a good general
all purpose tool that will report
a drives capability's to you. Above
you can see that it is reporting that
the Read speed is: 32 x and write
speed is 12 for CD-R disks. The drive
has a 2MB buffer. You can see that
it also can not read DVD-RAM disks
but it wrongfully reports that it
can't read DVD-R & DVD-RW disks.
The write features reported by the
program is accurate and as it can
only write to DVD+RW & +R disks
as well as CD-R & CD-RW disks.
We were disappointed to find that
the drive did not support the Mount
Philips sent us an April 2002 manufactured
European model that came shipped with
firmware version 1.13. We managed
to obtain an unreleased (at the time)
firmware version 1.29 directly from
The software we used for this review
was: DiskJuggler 4.01.1002, NERO 126.96.36.199,
Record Now Max 4.1 & CloneCD 188.8.131.52.
As you can see overburning is supported
(for increasing your CDs capacity
by a few meg.), as is buffer under
protection. Philips calls it Seamless
Linking (it doesn't need software
support for it to function properly
and has smaller micro gaps so it is
a better than burn proof). CD-Text
and DAO/96 is also supported -- and
as reported by InfoTool the 2MB buffer
is also displayed.
Next we examined the drive with the
latest version of DiscJuggler:
The above screen shots are from DiscJuggler
4.01.1002, its device tab investigates
the drive and now you can see a few
other features are revealed such as
"pseudo write" which is
a simulated record function. Accurate
DAE, RW sub-codes and verify are also
reported as being supported by the
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