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Monday, February 18, 2002
PleXWriter PX-W1210A CD-RW

2. Installation

PleXWriter PX-W1210A IDE CDR-W - Page 2

The retail version that arrived at our offices included the drive (PX-W1210A), a manual (in 12 languages!), a CDR software package (CeQuadrat WinOnCD 3.7 + Packet CD + BackMeUp and PlexTools v1.05), 2 blank CDs (one recordable and one HS RW erasable), an audio cable and an IDE cable, all necessary things to get someone started right away. Notice that Plextor US has a much better downloadable manual in pdf format (which of course is only in English language.)

Front panel

Rear panel

Using the CDR Identifier we were able to determine the manufacturer (Ricoh) for the CDR media included but not for the HS RW media:

Plextor HS RW Media:

ATIP: 97m 27s 00f
Disc Manufacturer: Disc ID not allowed
Assumed Dye type:  Disc ID not allowed (Type 0)
Media type: CD-ReWritable
Recording Speeds:  min. unknown - max. 4X-8x
Nominal Capacity:  651.86MB (74m 12s 00f / LBA: 333750)

Plextor CDR Media:

ATIP: 97m 27s 66f
Disc Manufacturer: Ricoh Company Ltd.
Assumed Dye type:  Phthalocyanine (Type 6)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds:  min/max. unknown
Nominal Capacity:  651.86MB (74m 12s 00f / LBA: 333750)

However the latest Plextor's CDRINFO software recognized the HS RW disc and reported:

- Installation :
Installing the PleXWriter PX-W1210A was an easy process. We put it in the Secondary IDE Channel, as the master drive. During boot-up, the BIOS identified the drive as Plextor CD-R PX-W1210A. We then made some minor configuration changes to Windows ME. These were: disabling auto-insert notification and ensuring DMA was enabled. The supplied drive was manufactured in May 2000 and the onboard firmware revision was version 1.00. We updated the firmware with latest v1.07 which fixes various problems.

Nero Burning Rom Select Device

We also installed PlexTools v1.05, since it offers some helpful information to the user and allow certain setting tweaks. With it you can change the drive's properties (spin-down time, speed selection, lock/unlock of the tray, etc.). Other useful features offered by PlexTools is the ability for data CD Copy and Digital Audio Extraction. You don't need any external program for quick and easy copying of CDs of any type. Finally, using this program, you can erase (quick/full) CD-RWs. The erase time for the Quick (1min) and for the Full erase mode (8min) are now erased due to HighSpeed RW standard.

- Test Machine #1:
Celeron 300A over clocked to 464 MHz
164 MB SDRAM PC 100
Quantum Fireball EX 6.4 GB UDMA
DAWI 2975 - PCI (ULTRA) SCSI Host Adapter
Asus 3400 TNT
Plextor UltraPlex 40max firmware v1.04
Plextor PleXWriter PX-W124TS firmware v1.04
Plextor PleXWriter PX-W1210A firmware v1.07
Sanyo CRD-BP2 firmware firmware v2.21
Sanyo CRD-BP900 firmware firmware v3.20

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