The drive is an IDE drive, so installation
was a breeze. I installed it as primary
master and ensured all jumpers were correct.
The drive was detected in Windows without
any problems and I disabled auto insert
notification and rebooted.
It took around 15mins from disassembling
the machine to having the software installed
and the drive ready for use. As you can
see the firmware on this drive is 1.65.
The drive was shipped with firmware 1.55
and was later upgraded to 1.65, but there
was no real difference between 1.55 and
1.65 that we noticed.
Our review drive was an April 2001 model
that came shipped with firmware version
1.55 -- which I later upgraded to 1.65.
I used DiskJuggler 3.50.800, NERO 184.108.40.206
& VOB Instant CD/DVD version 220.127.116.11.
Here the latest (18.104.22.168) NERO version
also supports the drive but does not detect
the burnproof features of the drive. CD-TEXT
and overburning CDs is also supported. You
can also see the 2MB recording buffer.
This is a DiscJuggler capabilities screenshot,
it is generally more accurate than most
software at revealing what a drive can and
can't do. The important features to note
are that CD-TEXT and ACCURATE DAE is supported
and that it doesn't support reading of sub-channel
The drive is rated at a reasonable x24
for reading data and audio CDs.
2 - Last Updated: 21 October 2001