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Monday, February 18, 2002
Plextor UltraPleX PX-40TS SCSI CD-ROM

1. Installation

Plextor PX-40TS SCSI CD ROM - Page 1

This is one of the best seller Scsi CD ROMs around. It has very good DAE & Data performance. Many people wonder why they should buy it over an IDE CD Rom since it is more expensive from them..Find out by reading the review..

CD Rom Specifications:

Interface

Ultra SCSI

Transfer Rate

17X-40X CAV read
(2550KB/s - 6000KB/s Data Transfer Rate)

Functions

Multi Read, Horizontal & Vertical Mount, Analog output, Plug & Play/ SCAM Compatible, Flash ROM

Ultra DMA 33

No

Data Buffer

512KB

Supported CD Formats

CD-DA, CD-ROM(MODE-1,MODE-2), CD-ROM XA MODE-2(FORM-1,FORM-2), Multi-Session Photo CD, CD-I, Video-CD, CD Extra, CD+G, CD-RW, CD TEXT

Package:
The Retail version included drive, manual, drivers for Win 3.1 & DOS, some screws, jumpers to force the parameters of the SCSI chain and a small key which allows to force manually the ejection of the CD-ROM if there are some problems, audio connection cable, Scsi cable (for connecting to Scsi Controller), Plextor Manager96 v1.71.

Installation:
Installation was more tricky that IDE CD Roms but also easy. I arranged the SCSI ID number & turned off Scsi Termination. After boot CD Rom intentified as Plextor PX-40TS from DOS & Windows.I unchecked Auto Insert notification and reboot. Since the CD Rom had v1.00 firmware I updated it with latest version v1.01. Also I upgraded the old Plextor Manager 96 to the latest Plextor Manager 2000. All was set and time to start tests..

Test Machine:
ABIT BH6
Celeron 300A over clocked to 464 MHz
128 MB SDRAM PC 100
Quantum Fireball EX 6.4 GB UDMA
CL RivaTNT
CL AWE32
MS Windows 98 SE
Plextor UltraPlex 40max, Firmware v1.01, (with Auto Insert Notification & Sync transfer off & on). Plextor Manager 2000 v1.01.2 was running at the background with the 17x-40x Speed Setting and 2 minutes Spindown Time-out Setting.




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