There seems to be a little mistake in test taken... Although ASUS is the fastest ripper for protected CD games - I simply cannot mount or burn any CD image made with Alcohol 120%
(Build : 18.104.22.1685). This drive is the fastest ripper anyway... but...
it cannot read 96 byte subchannel data and... creates invalid image files (or to be more specific - it seems to produce invalid media descriptor files). No matter disc is copy protected or not - any created CD image is invalid (unable to mount and/or burn)
Reported error is : "Invalid ADR field detected"
This issue has been adressed here : http://forum.alcohol-soft.com/index.php?showtopic=16991&st=0�entry83161
but there is no reply from Alcohol Software nor from ASUStek Co.
So there a question arises : how the test was conducted ??
S.O.S - please use the force Luke!
cdrinfo has an image of reliable hardware review center - please - act as a group of pressure and stress this issue with Alcohol Software & ASUStek Co.
Added 16 Feb 2005, 00:18
Tested firmware revision were : 1.03 / 1.04 / 1.07 (each and every) - please read linked thread before
answering. RPC 1 gives me nothing - read it once again please. OEM? This drive is sold BOX only, unless you mean rebadged drives of other manufacturers (ASUS is the OEM for Pioneer)
Added 16 Feb 2005, 00:31
Moreover, firmware in the drive(s) tested here - over CDRInfo DVD RoundUp vol.4 must have been 1.03, as it is clearly indicated here : http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=11566&PageId=0
Added 16 Feb 2005, 19:14
Answer to iggy
No matter what disc I try to backup - whether it is original (pressed) or not - image file is invalid. I tried to make an image of Syberia 1 : The Game, Syberia 2 : The Game (both SafeDisk 2.6 protected?), Wing Commander Prophecy, Windows 98 Second Edition - not protected, pressed originals and various custom recorded media (mp3', data, jpeg, original backups) - all produced files were invalid.
Used profile is Custom
with (for SafeDisk protected) Skip Reading Errors and Fast Skip Error Blocks
without (for not protected disks) Skip Reading Errors
both with and without subchannel data (for the test purpose)
I would like to stress that all created files were invalid
Reported error is :
Tested over various machines configuration with few different units (the same type of course : ASUS DVD-E616P2 DVD-ROM) - results as mentioned above.