Are you sure?
Can't see a 4424A, but a 4224A
(NB. There apparently IS a 4424, based (most likely) on a virtually undocumented JVC 4x4x24 mechanism - the loader problems are likely to be the same, but the firmware mentioned later WILL NOT BE - only the 4x2x24 and 2x2x24 share this commonality) http://tech.smartandfriendly.com/download.htm
I'm amazed that site still exists.
If it's a 4224A, which, I believe, is JVC based
See my rather crummy site http://www.junkroom.freeserve.co.uk/jvc2080.htm
When my discussion board worked, it transpired that the loader was useless on anything above Win98 (maybe WinME might work) - I believe it was also tried on a "force-aspi'ed" Win2000 with no success.
The 1.40 release (=2.47 on the 2x drive) also proved to have serious problems with DirectCD.
Though I also note, that with the Creative or JVC firmware, maybe under all conditions
The drive's tolerance of CD-RW media is TRULY MISERABLE - with only Traxdata 2x and "maxmax" (later discovered to be 1-4X) working - the money I wasted on samples of others, including a whole 10-box of 2x Princo on my earlier assumption that it did not like "1-4x".
The 4x2x24 and 2x2x24 JVC-based drives both use the same firmware, though there are additional variants
2080 (tez) and 2082 (tet) - only the id changes
2224 (trw) more differences
If you hold the eject button at powerup, the drive assumes the JVC bootloader identity (for both 2x and 4x, this is the W2080 bootloader)
On the next norm,al power cycle, bootloader mode is cancelled, and the current or reloaded firmware re-engages, this is ideal for bad-flash recovery.
I must update it sometime - actually have a considerable amount semi-prepared, but rather lost interest when I got a better drive.