Sony 48x IDE CDROM drive
by david, 31 March 2001
are one of the more easily overlooked components in a PC. Nowadays,
you can't see any CDROMs advertising speeds of less that 40x. Well,
actually, they're getting harder to find, as IF anyone would want
to buy a slow CDROM :Þ The norm nowadays is to see
45x-50x drives on the Malaysian market. Drives sporting the 52x
speed are getting increasingly common too. Unfortunately due to
certain issues and whatnot (can anyone tell me why?) , we also do
not get the opportunity to buy from famous names such as the Kenwood
True series. So we have to make do with a choice of other brands
e.g. ASUS, Sony, Aopen, Lite-On and Compro.
company known more for products like walkmans, discmans and kick-ass
audio products, Sony has branched out into the PC hardware market.
Not surprisingly, their products e.g. CDROMs, CDRW drives and so
on are quite well received by the public. Quite a number of systems
sport Sony CDROMs or CDRW drives, which offer good quality products
at prices that won;t hurt your wallet.
review 48x CDROM unit was obtained as a replacement drive for a
friend, whose previous cheapy CDROM had decided to kick the bucket
by blowing up when running a pirated(!) CD. No surprise there, since
pirated stuff IS easily available here but are of lousy quality.
What do you expect to get for a RM10 (USD 3) CD? The Sony drive
itself was actually quite cheap, RM 120, thereabouts. That would
equate to roughly USD 31+.
CDROM drive was bought as an OEM product, therefore nothing but
the drive was supplied. No IDE cable, no cd-audio cable, , no extra
screws, no driver disks, nothing. Why do I mention driver disks?
I do know that my ASUS 45x cdrom came with a driver disk. Other
drives e.g. the Aopen and CyberDrive CDROMs also come with DOS driver
disks. As with all other regular CDROMs, this unit is of the tray-loading
type. The CDROM also can read CDs that are inserted into it when
the drive is in the vertical position. Quite useful when you need
to install some drivers off a CD and your mid-ATX is lying on its
side, though this isn't a situation that occurs everyday.
as 1-2-3. Open up your case, locate an empty 5 1/4" drive bay
and slide this baby in. Screw her up tight, connect the necessary
IDE cable, cd-audio cable (if you have a spare), and molex connector
for power, and you're all set. Power up the computer, the BIOS detects
the CDROM with no problems. Same thing in Windows. Smooth sailing
all the way. As with all CDROMs in Windows based systems, drivers
weren't needed during installation.
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