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Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Asus DRW-0804P

1. Retail Package - Installation

Asus DRW-0804P - Page 1

ASUS recently introduced its latest DVD ReWriter supporting both 8 X DVD-Write and 8 X DVD+Write. The all-new ASUS DRW-0804P also features 4 X DVD-ReWrite, 4 X DVD+ReWrite, 12 X DVD-ROM, 24 X CD-Write, 24 X CD-ReWrite and 40 X CD-ROM to provide flexibility with high-speed operation.

- Features
  • FlextraLink
    Buffer Underrun Errors Prevention Technology
  • FlextraSpeed
    Optimal Writing Speed Adjustment Technology
  • Superior Stability with DDSSII
  • Optical Pickup Head LCT
    Liquid Crystal Tilt Technology
- Specifications
Buffer Size
2 MB
Access Time

DVD Family :140ms
CD Family : 130 ms

Write Speed
DVD+R: 2.4X, 4X, 6X, 8X (ZCLV)
DVD+RW: 2.4X, 4X (CLV)
DVD-R: 1X, 2X, 4X, 6X, 8X (ZCLV)
DVD-RW: 1X, 2X, 4X (CLV)
CD Family
CD-R: 4X, 8X, 16X, 24X (ZCLV)
CD-RW: 4X, 10X, 16X, 24X (ZCLV)
Read Speed
DVD Family
12X max. (CAV)
CD Family
40X max. (CAV)
Read Formats
DVD Family

CD Family

Writing mode
DVD Family
DAO, Incremental Recording, Multi-Border Recording
DVD-RW: Restricted Overwriting
DVD+R: Incremental Recording
DVD+RW: Random Recording
CD Family
CD-R/RW: DAO, TAO, SAO, Packet Write
Support OS
Windows XP/ NT/ ME/ 2000/ 98SE
148 x 42.3 x 198 mm (WxHxD)
1100g g
Enhanced-IDE (ATAPI)
Support both 8 cm and 12 cm disc of CD and DVD family

As shown in the above snapshots, the drive has 2MB buffer, supports TAO, DAO, SAO, and RAW modes but does not support DVD+R DL reading and writing.

- Retail package

The retail package includes the well packaged Asus drive, an IDE cable, mounting screws and one emergency eject pin.
For reading reference the user will find a printed two language manual with installation and usage details. On the software side, there is one CD with Nero Burning Rom and the firmware upgrade utility.



- The drive

The drive's front panel, has an activity led indicator, the eject button and the emergency eject hole, as well as the usual array of CD and DVD logos.

- Installation

Our test PC was a 1.8 GHz P4 configured with 512Mb RAM, an 80GB 7200rpm hard drive and Windows XP Professional SP1. The drive was connected to our test PC and was identified as "Asus DRW-0804P ". All reading tests were done with firmware v1.12.

- Firmware upgrade process

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