I read the FAQs, searched the forums and found a lot concerning the Sony (made by Lite-on) CRX175A1. I also linked to the sites suggested.
My drive is a CRX175E2, which drive-info and others shows has a Firmware of s002, a number I’ve not seen anywhere. Officially, Sony shows no upgrades of this 24/10/40 drive, either on their US or Japanese sites.
I’d love to get whatever boost I can until I buy a new drive in 6 months or so, since I only burn 10-15 cds a month. My earlier LG, labeled as a Compaq doubled in burn speed with an LG BIOS, from all of 2x to 4x!
What’s with the strange BIOS #? I’ve seen other 175’s showing either the Lite-on or v1.0/1.1b, but not this s002. Who the heck made this thing?
BTW: It works great, clones cd’s very well, all things considered, and never hiccups under XP Pro.
Love the forums, great info here, and thanks for reading/responding to my question!