I've encountered a strange behaviour of my Mitsumi CR-485GTE, which reports itself to the system as "CR-48XGTE", when it comes to read CD-ROM/XA tracks as they occur on PSX discs.
The most part of such a cd is being read with normal speed, but when the drive reaches the form2 sectors (where the fmv stuff is usually stored), the speed goes down to almost zero. The whole extraction process seems to hang. However, Truman's utility disclosed that this isn't really the case; but the drives reads these parts very slowly, with just about 100 sectors per second!
Amazingly, the burner doesn't even slow-down like it would do it if the cd was erroneus - anyway, lowering the reading speed manually doesn't help either; the same phenom occurs.
This way, it takes almost forever to copy the cd.
At least, the Mitsumi provides the data error-free, meaning that it is identical to the Plextor's result (I only checked the 2352 raw data, so I don't know if the subchannel data has integrity also).
Since this "error" occurs on all PlayStation discs I own and even a copy on CD-RW (created with my PlexWriter) causes the same behavour when reading the copy again, I suppose it's a firmware bug. The device seems to have a problem with the XA-layout per se.
Unfortunately, both firmwares, 1.0K and 1.0L have this flaw.
Btw: for those who don't know: You can perform a firmware downgrade by using the dos flash utilities with the "non" switch, for example:
dlfash.exe <firmware.bin> /non
Maybe you have similar experiences with this drive or others regarding CDXA?
I would greatly appreciate any comments,