I bought a MagicSpin (I/O Magic) DVD +/- RW 8x a few weeks back. The drive inside says on the label "DD0401, made by Accesstek" so far, so good.
As far as I know, Optorite is Accesstek's own brand, but most of accesstek product are sold to OEMs. I noticed immediately that the front bezel doesn;t lok at all like the optorite DD0401. The optorite has this curvy futuristic look shape, while this magicspin drive looks more conventional, like the DD0203.
I am assuming that the accesstek OEM drives look different than the optorite, even if the internals are the same or almost the same.
The firmware included in the drive was 110E. After installing the drive in a Biostar M7NCD Pro (Nforce 2 ultra 400) with Athlon XP 2500+ , win xP home SP1 running NForce IDE drivers I noticed that burning to CD was 16x at max using Nero 188.8.131.52..... I thought the burner was capable of 24X. Updating the Nero to 184.108.40.206 jumped the drive speed to 24 in Cd, but not more. Roxio CD & DVD creator also capped at 24x for CD.
Burning to the included RiData DVD+RW 4X maxed at 3X..... reading horro stories about the Nforce drivers made me rol the driver back to the MS, but result was the same..... 24X max for CD.
Looking at the accesstek website I found firmware 130E and 130i, as well as 120E. I read here before that 130i kills HD-burn, and I was unable to flash to 130E. So I just updated to 120E.
CD burning remained the same, and DVD burning didn't get any better.... I thought that the IDE port was the problem.
Last week I got a cendyne 52x external (LTR-52246S), took the CD-RW out of the case and put the DD0401 inside. Testing the new external burner in the USB 2.0 case on the desktop gave me the same previous results.... CD at 24X, DVD+RW 3X.....
I tried the burner also on my eMachines M6805 laptop (Mobile Athlon 64 3000+, K8T800, mobility radeon 9600, 7K60, win2K SP4) Same familiar results..... CD at 24X max, DVD+RW at 3X max.....
After all the descriptions, here are my questions:
- Why the slow speeds? It didn't matter IDE or USB 2.0, it is burning slow.
- Are this iomagic and the optorite DD0401 the same drive in the internals, but with a different shaped front bezel?
- What is the latest firmware available for the drive?
- Can I upgrade the frimware with the drive in the enclosure, or do I need to get in in a IDE connector?
- Can I make the firmware 130E flash the drive somehow?