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Sanyo CDR-BP4-M firmware 4.31 - &
various IDE/ATAPI, Firewire, & USB models derived from this OEM
16x CLV DAO RAW [P-W subs/+96] burner. "BURN-proof" [generation 2]
works as advertised. In essence, this burner faithfully writes any data
you send it, at any of the specified speeds & modes. Does not
handle EFM codes correctly for SafeDisc2 copying.
14-34x Partial-CAV RAW [P-W subs/+96]
reader, with satisfactory
quality at moderate speed when using the few applications with full RAW+96
support to read backup
copies of any data or game-disk with any of the common protections. DAE:
23.5x from clean disks; moderate performance with scratched
implementation of C2-error-pointers
Astonishingly quiet at all times; very low random access-time for a
burner; exceptionally fast & accurate recognition of a CD's
boot-sector when used as a boot-device; slow command-to-tray
recognition by recent application versions: many will write in all or most
supported modes, few will read equally well, very few will read at high
speeds [subject to change, likely for the better].
Kit as tested/Vendor:
Fine value: usable software; includes good [Initio] Domex Ultra-SCSI PCI
bootable host; excellent RTB carriage-paid warranty.
firmware update availability; shares moderately active firmware
development with similar models; solid [Windows 9x & NTx] flashing
other opinions, & burningissues'