>I'm about to buy a cheap CD-R drive for my home computer, and I've
>narrowed my choice to three models: Philips CDD-2600, Sony CDU-926S and
>Yamaha CDR-200T. Based on previous experience, which of these would you
>guys recommend as the most reliable? Any other brands I should consider
>(HP, JVC, Ricoh...)?
Based on my experience, I would avoid the Sony drive. I am on my 3rd
drive in as many months:
1. Couldn't reliably figure out its own SCSI ID. Sometimes it would
show up on the bus as ID 4 (the proper one). Other times it would
show up as ID 2 or 0 (which really created problems as this was the
ID of my disk drive).
2. Wouldn't read CD-Rs that were written on other drives. Simply
attempting to do so would cause Win95 "Drive Not Ready" errors
and either cause the drive to not want to eject the media or induce
behavior #1 of floating the SCSI ID.
1. Still wouldn't reliably read CD-Rs that were written on other drives.
There was one that I found that it could read, but the majority gave
2. Decided to die after only one successful burn. The interesting thing
was that the Easy-CD Pro software would report 165-... errors even
in test mode when the CD-R was not really being written to. Before
I admitted that I had dog #2, I tried every recommendation that I
could find including putting the drive on its own private SCSI bus.
I can't get these Sony drives to reliably read other CD-Rs. The most
recent drive won't even read the ones burned on the previous Sony
drive (although this shouldn't surprise me). If anyone else has any
suggestions on this, I'm all ears ;-). I finally gave up and bought
another CD-ROM drive to use as a reader.
So far, 1 successful burn (although this was the last drives track
record too). To think... I originally scoffed at all of the problems
and reports of temperamental drives that I read ;-).
>The unit will mostly be used to write audio CDs. It's my understanding
>that the Sony CDU-926S has no disk-at-once support, whereas the Philips
>and Yamaha do. Is that a problem?
I have yet to do an audio CD, so I can't comment on this one.
>Also, beeing out of free ISA slots, I'm planning to use a low-end Asus
>NCR SC-200 or a Tekram DC-390 PCI controller for the CD-R and a 2 Gb
>SCSI-2 hard disk. Any compatibility problems I should know about?
I originally had my drive* off of an Adaptec 2940UW with an IBM
UW hard disk. I ended up buying a cheap AVA-1505 to hang my CD-R drive
off of, because I wanted to eliminate any problems associated with mixing
narrow devices with ultra-wide disks. It didn't make any difference
for the problems I was having with drive #2, but I feel better knowing
that the CD-R is now isolated from my disk drives ;-). If your hard
disk is not wide or ultra, then you probably won't have any trouble.