Hi, I'm from Portugal, where we take huge interest in these things. About
the Philips CDD 2600: I was going to buy the HP variant, whren the guy in
the shop told me, well, this is exactly the same hardware as the philips,
only with the stuff, etc. He proposed the OEM Philips CDD 2600 - that is:
cheaper, but no frills. Well, I already had Easy CD 4.0 from Adaptec (I
purchase their adapters by the dozen, the're cool), so I said, what the
Got home, plugged in, no problemo, but I only had a... CD-ROM. No burner.
Got mad, decided to go for GEAR software, they seem to be the tops. Got it,
put it to work, version 4.o wouldn't see the burner. Now I was getting mad,
after this extra expense to buy the Rolls Royce of the progrms, I was landed
After a trip to the Internet, getting upgrades and drivers, I couldn't get
the Easy-Cd going, but I managed to get the GEAR going. Great!.. I still
don't know which download did the trick, so my advice is: go and get them
Now for the burning story: I wanted to copy some originals that I have and
use a lot, that's pretty precious to me and it seems will not be out again
(my "Battle Isle 2" collection), so I want to make sure I don't ever lose
I put a 16x IDE CD-ROM (no-brand) as the source and the thing (after
successful test) ruined my first CD-R. Buffer underrun, or something of that
Thought a lot and decided to try again, this time I removed the stupid
CD-ROM and put in a new (no-brand also) 16x CD-ROM drive. This one had good
proof given before, but not at this type of task. I also, just in case,
changed the settings to allow SYNC, in the device settings (Windows'95).
I also doubled the Buffers that GEAR defaults to. This prpbably made some
It went OK and has been ever since.
So, my advice is: when "duplicating" CDs, take care that you've got a GOOD
source CD-ROM Drive. Ideal is SCSI 12x, but SOME IDE drives might do the
trick, with a good motherboard (read: good IDE dual-channel controller) and
at least a P-166. In this one I also have 96 Megs RAM, that oughta help.
>I also agree, the price of the Philips CD-R drive is exactly what made
>me purchase it over the other drives. My first few burns were
>coasters, but instead of blaming the drive I spent weeks on the
>internet researching everything I could find on burning CD's. My last
>50 burns went without a single coaster. Easy CD Creator 'beta' even
>lets me do IDE CD to CD copies on the fly. Oh, also my IDE reader is
>only a 4X, no problems at all.
>>I think the main problem with the Philips 2600 is the
>>people that buy it. It is much more likely for a computer
>>novice to buy a Philips than say a Yamaha or Ricoh. Because
>>of this, many people set up the burner, scsi card, win95,
>>etc wrong. This leads to problems and the user automatically jumps
>>to the conclusion that the burner sucks. If Yamahas, Kodaks,
>>or Ricohs were as common as Philips recorders are at places
>>like Best Buy, Curcuit City, etc you would be seeing
>>many more post saying these brands suck.
>>"I have been and always shall be your friend."