MP7125A IDE CDR-W - Page
Ricoh introduced back in 2000 the "JustLink" technology which
helped user eliminate coasters from buffer underrun errors. The first drive
which was supplied with this technology was the MP9120A.
After quite long time, Ricoh shipped in 2001 the second model (MP7125A), which
technology. The drive's features are the same with what the competitive drives
(from Sanyo, Plextor, TDK) have to offer but includes different anti-coaster
technology. Could the new drive stand the competition? Do we have here an alternative
solution for our burning needs? Continue reading...
package supplied was the retail Europe version. This included: The drive itself,
a set-up guide, 1 CD-R blank, 1 High Speed RW Blank, Audio cables and mounting
screws. The software supplied with the MP7120A was: Nero Burning ROM v126.96.36.199
and Ahead InCD v1.69 (for packet writing use). There isn't any printed manual
included - just an electronic pdf file. Another issues is that the drive's retail
package advertises that the drive has Ricoh 80min sample CD inside when our
package had Ricoh's 74min CD inside. Not a big problem but it's nice to see
all the advertised features included.
The front of the drive reminds a typical Ricoh CDR-W drive. It
includes the drive model code (MP7125A) along with the "JustLink"
and "HighSpeed" logo and the drive features (12/10/32). You will also
find only one led, the eject button, the headphone input jack/volume selector:
At the back of the drive we will find the usual connectors (IDE interface,
power), the jumpers for making the drive Master/Slave, the SPDIF output connector
and 3 jumpers which are not used (factory reserved).
CDR-W drives are simple to install. Just decide what the drive should be, master
or slave, set the appropriate jumper and start! After booting, the CDR-W identified
itself as the Ricoh CD-R/RW MP7125A. We unchecked the Auto Insert notification,
checked DMA and rebooted. The drive was a December 2000 model with firmware
revision v1.00. For most of our tests we used the latest Nero v188.8.131.52 among
with Ahead InCD 1.82.
We also noticed a weird bug in the latest CloneCD v184.108.40.206..Even the program
doesn't show up that the drive supports "JustLink" technology, in
the real world tests the JustLink works just fine. We guess that CloneCD authors
must update the software in order fully support the drive.
Celeron II 566 over clocked to 850 MHz
128MB SDRAM PC 133
WD 18GB UDMA 66
Quantum Fireball EX 6.4 GB UDMA 33
DAWI 2975 - PCI (ULTRA) SCSI Host Adapter
ATI AIW 128
PlexWriter PX-W1210A firmware v1.07 (TLA#000)
Ricoh MP7120A firmware v1.20
Ricoh MP7125A firmware v1.00
Ricoh MP9120A firmware v1.20