Innaresting info guys thanks!
Want to comment on this stuff James wrote and ask something else…
[QUOTE=jamesp;2007389]Plextools also takes quite a while to start up - the splash screen could be there for a minute or so before the program shrinks down to the task bar at the bottom. If it appears to have lost your drives then go to the file menu and choose ‘rescan devices’.
Hmmm. Maybe I will try futzing with it some more (& uninstalling manager2000). It really seemed to just lockup forever on startup though. I think I let it sit at least 5 minutes once. I could run it if I then ctrl-alt-del and shutdown the part that was hung. I couldn’t find anything in it that let me burn though.
I would also try the new drive for audio extraction - the 4012 that I tried has been the only drive to get to the end of my ‘obstacle course’ test disc.
I did test the 4012 out for extraction and it seemed to work fine. With secure mode in EAC I was getting about 8-9x speed. My Ultraplex 40 max gets about 12-13x speed the same way. Afaik I should be able to get around 16x with that but never have been able to (this is a pentium II 266mHZ PC btw). Anyways…
Yesterday I did a bunch of test audio read/writes with the 4012 drive and everything seemed to be working well. I burned a bunch of CD audio discs at different speeds, checked them with EAC via my Ultraplex and things looked good. I also put them in my winXP machine and checked them in there with nerocdspeed in the scandisc tab - again they looked good.
I also was able to use IMGBURN fine to backup 3 large SHN format CD image files. So today I tried to do some data backup stuff that I needed to get done. And had some problems, and discovered some perplexing things…
Using Norton ghost (makes various types of hard drive images/backups) it constantly bombed out if I tried to write direct to the burner about 1/2 through each backup. My old 12/4/32 never had ANY problems doing this. Researching this further I’ve learned that Norton ghost is notorious for having problems like this trying to write to CDR and it is not recommended to even bother trying. I did check further and the 4012 is supposedly compatible with Ghost though, although it was iin their list with an older firmware revision than what I am running. So I figured the problems I was having burning with ghost must be more due to ghost than something wrong with the drive, and switched gears and told ghost to write the image file to a hard drive parition instead. Then cut the image files down to CD size and tried burning them with IMGBURN and…goddam, I kept getting errors and coasters. Happened like 5 times out 6 tries. I then tried slowing IMGBURN down to 12x (it was set to MAX and i noticed it was burning at around 20x) and that seemed to work. By why should that be a problem??? I was burning like 40x with audio with no problems???
And then I got REALLY confused. Which leads me to ask something else - does nerocdspeed work correctly with plextor ultraplex 40 max drives??? Or have problems under win98, or SOMETHING??? Because get this, I decided to double check the data discs that I just burned ok using my ultraplex with cdspeed to read them and the scandisc data showed 99.9% “damaged”!!! Then I went back and tried checking the audio discs which had showed up FINE yesterday when checked in EAC on both my CDs and in CDSPEED on my xp machine and they showed up as like 99% “damaged” according to CDSPEED in my ultraplex. THis really had me scratching my head. So i checked those same discs in my other PC with CDSPEED same way & guess what? It thinks they are fine. Then checked them again in my old PC but using the 4012 drive instead of the ultraplex and they show up fine!! So I think that those discs are ok but now I’ve discovered wierd problems with CDSPEED and my ultraplex (using firmware 1.4 - which i might try updating to 1.5).
THen futzing more with CDSPEED (which i had only just installed on the old PC) I noticed that it was impossible to get quite a bit of Cdspeed to even work. Although I could run the “scandisc” tab, the “disc quality tab” won’t let me “start it”. And trying to do some things like “benchmark” died with wierd error messages. Does CDSPEED v188.8.131.52 work ok in win98? And are there any known issues with it and plextor ultraplexes?
I know I am rambling off the rails here but my head is spinning from the past couple hours trying to figure out what is what…