MS Windows 2000 SP1 & MS Windows 98SE: ASPI-layer 4.60 
[Windows 98SE in HD#0, partition#0]
U2W 9Gb Compaq ADO09322B9 [Boot HD]
CRD-BP4 f/w 4.31
PX-40TSi f/w 1.12
rpm UW 2.1Gb IBM DCAS-32160W [CD-burning image file HD]
INI-A100U2W PCI Host [auto terminated +active LVD terminator]
[W2K OS in partition#1, paging-file in #0: both 8k clusters]
Promise PDC 20265: FastTrak100 130b12 BIOS: 130b33 drivers.
2 x 7.2k
rpm UDMA5 IBM DTLA-307030 in 57Gb RAID0-array [16k stripe]
Pro-A BIOS 3.30; 2 x Celeron 366 at 550MHz & 2.0vcore; 2 x 128
Mb Mushkin 150 HSDRAM at 2-3-2-, 4-way interleave & 133MHz.
G200 Millennium SGRAM AGP & Eizo F77 21" at 1600x1200x75Hz
Ultra-SCSI host [supplied in Mirai BP4 kit]:
We didn't use this
supplied SCSI-host during our review; but tested it separately: the Domex
3194U appears to be an OEM version of the Initio 9100U, & has a very similar [Initio]
BIOS to the excellent Initio INI-A100U2W used longterm in our test system.
The 3194U is a
bootable PCI busmaster host with both internal [50-way] & external [50-way
compact] connectors. It allows full control of device, card-termination, & boot
parameters in its onboard BIOS; device transfer rates can be set
individually to a maximum of 20Mb/s & it will support up to 7 devices.
In our experience
these Initio BIOS' have good support for the El Torito standard [ie you
can boot from multi-boot CD's]; & Initio hosts are quite tolerant of
an overclocked PCI-bus.
The sole hassle with
Initio hosts is the lack of inbuilt driver-support in all versions of
Windows. This requires making up driver-install floppies - from the included
CD - for whichever MS
OS you wish to install: those using W9x will also
need to edit their install/boot-floppy to include the relevant real-mode
[DOS] drivers - there are instructions for this in the Domex CD, along
with drivers for a wide range of operating systems.
For those without
experience of setting-up a modern SCSI-host: SCSI-3 CD-devices like the
CRD-BP4 should be set up with these parameters:
transfer-rate=20 [or less]; DOS greater than 2=no; spinup=no;
The SCSI-card's BIOS should
also be set up to allow boot from CD.
The provision of this
decent-quality SCSI-host in the Mirai kit is an outstanding bargain: if you
can find a cheap U/ UW [ie not LVD; U2W, or U3W] SCSI HD with a 50-way socket
- or if fitted with a 68-pin socket get a HP 50 D Male > HP 68 D Female
adaptor - you can simply plug it in the SCSI-chain & have a dedicated
image-file HD: this arrangement gives optimal stability in a
burning-oriented multi-tasking system.