I own three computers with three Plextor drives:
Compaq 4660, 300MHz PII, 256MB, Plextor 16/10/40A, ROM 1.05, Plextor drive bought 05-01, no ASPI layer installed
Compaq 5WV294, 1GHz Athlon, 512MB, Plextor PX-708A, ROM 1.06, Plextor drive bought 04-04, ASPI layer installed is mix of 4.71.1 and 4.6; this computer also contains a no-name DVD-ROM drive
Shuttle ST61G4, 3GHz P4, 1GB, Plextor PX-708A, ROM 1.6, Plextor drive bought 01-04, ASPI layer installed is 4.71.2
All computers are running Windows XP Home and Exact Audio Copy version 0.95 prebeta 5. In addition, Roxio Easy Media Creator version 7.0.389.0 is installed in the two machines running the PX-708A drives.
First question: is the ASPI layer really needed for ripping audio CDâ€™s? The Compaq with the 16/10/40A rips any and all CDâ€™s perfectly with no ASPI software installed.
Second question: while the machine with the 16/10/40A rips CDâ€™s perfectly, the two machines with the PX-708Aâ€™s do not. With the PX-708Aâ€™s about one out of 20 disks will either rip very slowly, like 0.5X, or fail to rip at all. And on a couple of CDâ€™s the PX-708Aâ€™s will not show a disk in the drive. A two-CD set of the opera H.M.S. Pinafore on London is a perfect example. Disk two shows up in Windows Explorer and Exact Audio Copy with no problems and any of the songs rip without a problem. Yet disk one will not show up in Windows Explorer or Exact Audio Copy using the two PS-708A drives, but disk one will work fine in the 16/10/40A or the no-name DVD-ROM.
There is a problem here, but I do not know what. Please advise. Thank you.