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5-1-4] Philips


This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (fadden@fadden.com) with numerous contributions by others.

5-1-4] Philips


See http://www.pcstuff.philips.com/
See http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Bay/6893/ (2600/3600)

Models are:
CDD522 (2x2/2MB;SCSI)
CDD2000 (4x2/1MB;SCSI)
CDD2600 (6x2/1MB;SCSI)
Omniwriter/26 (6x2x2/1MB;SCSI)
CDD3600 (6x2x2/1MB;SCSI) and CDD3610 (IDE)
CDD3801 (24x2x2/1MB;IDE)
CDD4201 (24x4x4/2MB;IDE)
CDRW200 (24x2x2/2MB;IDE, based on JVC XR-W2080? repackaged CDD3801?)
CDRW400 (16x4x4/2MB;IDE, based on Yamaha 4416E)
CDRW404 (32x4x4/2MB;IDE)
CDD4801 (32x8x4/2MB;IDE)
PCRW804K (32x8x4/2MB;IDE)
PCRW2412 (40x24x12/8MB;IDE)
PCRW4012 (48x40x12/4MB;IDE)

The CDD521 (2x2/256K) is an ancient model; if you use one, the firmware
upgrade is strongly recommended (but nearly impossible to find these
days). Some information that may be of use to CDD521 owners can be found
at http://www.fadden.com/doc/cdd521faq.txt.

The Omniwriter/26 and /26A appear to be repackaged Ricoh 6200 and 6200I
OEMs. In Europe, the 3600 is packaged in a kit as the PCA350RW, the 3610
as the PCA362RW, and the 3610 with a parallel-port interface comes as the
PCA363RW. The CDRW400 might be packaged as the PCA460RW.

The CDD522 does not support reading of subcode-Q data. The CDD521, CDD522,
and Kodak-labeled PCD225 have a sensor that can read the barcode data from
the inner ring on a CD.

See the HP section for comments about the CDD2000 firmware. The firmware
is kept in flash ROM, so it can be updated with software obtainable over
the net. You should be at version 1.25 or later for best results.

Digital audio extraction may not work correctly at higher than 2x on the
CDD2600, especially near the end of the disc. Philips has acknowledged
that audio CDs and packet-written CDs may not read correctly at 6x, but
many users have had problems at 4x as well. It may also suffer from the
block offset problem described in section (4-19). The CDD2600 supports
packet writing, but is NOT flash upgradeable.

The CDD2600 may share the HP 6020i's difficulties with pressed CD-ROMs that
have a small amount of data on them.

The initial release (firmware v1.0) of the 3610 was unable to create audio
discs reliably using disc-at-once recording. Firmware v2.02 fixed this and
some other problems.

Philips' drives, notably the CDD2600, have been shown to hang on some
Amigas if SCSI disconnect is enabled and you try to read the session
information from a multisession CD. Philips does not believe this problem
happens on PCs, and consequently has declined to investigate further. If
you are experiencing hangs when examining multisession CDs, try turning
SCSI disconnect off for the CD recorder.

CAVEAT EMPTOR - CDD2000. Some users of Philips CDD2000 and derivative
units (like the HP4020i) have reported that the drives went bad over a
short period of time, often 1 to 3 months. While these cases represent the
minority of users, reports have been persistent. People with the technical
skills (and bravery) required to replace a spring and/or lubricate inside
the unit have reported good results (see section (4-10) for details). If
you buy a CDD2000-based unit -- of which there are many -- be sure the
dealer or manufacturer is aware of this problem and is willing to fix or
exchange the drive should problems arise.

A class-action lawsuit was filed against Philips on behalf of owners of
the CDD2000 and CDD2600. The case was eventually settled, with Philips
agreeing to compensate the members of the class, either by replacing the
defective drive with a newer model (which, unfortunately, was IDE instead
of SCSI) or paying money to those who had bought a replacement drive and
could document the expense.


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