Apologies for posting a similar message to many recent threads but I am also getting a lot of problems with Plextools. I have already contacted Plextor Service (sending PlexInfo results etc) and followed previous suggestions which I found in this forum but with no success.
I have an Asus P4B motherboard (Intel 845 chipset) with two hard drives on the first IDE channel and a Plextor Premium set as MASTER and a Pioneer DVR-106D set as SLAVE on the second IDE channel. I also have a Plextor UltraPlex PX-40TS in the system connected via an Advansys SCSI card.
I have XP Pro SP1 with latest Intel chipset drivers, up-to-date Microsoft fixes and Adaptec v4.60 ASPI layer. The system is clean and stable with all unnecessary services/processes disabled (eg. built-in ATAPI CD burner) and only the (matrox) graphics card control software and Norman Personal Firewall running in the Systray (no ‘active’ virus check, I instead run NOD32 on a near-daily basis).
All my drives burn/rip well using Nero v22.214.171.124, Blindwrite v5, Clonecd and EAC 0.95pb4 (pb3 didn’t write with the Plextor Premium but pb4 is fine) indicating no obvious problems with Hardware or OS conflicts/configuration issues.
However after installing Plextools the application freezes on startup without even producing the splash-screen and just leaving a ‘PlexTool.exe’ process in ‘Task Manager’ using 90%+ CPU! If I remove the Pioneer DVR-106D (and keep it removed) then Plextools will start once, but it is not stable and soon crashes ‘never-to-start-again’ barring complete re-install (and I don’t want to leave the Pioneer removed coz it’s a super drive!).
I have gone though several cycles of installing/uninstalling Plextools v2.02, v2.07, v2.08 (carefully deleting registry entries after uninstall) but always with the same results. :a
Any ideas, anybody? Failing that are there any other applications which would allow me to use the VariRec (OK, Nero ‘a bit’ for this one), GigaRec and the Jitter/Error Checking functionality I ORIGINALLY PURCHASED the Plextor Premium for?
Thanks for any help!