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04-15-2001, 09:09 PM
I'm planning on getting the internal Plextor CD-RW drive, and have FWB CD-ROM Toolkit. Will this be sufficient, or do I also need to get Speedtools with it? (I plan to add the Plextor and keep using my present CD-ROM as well.)

Also, does Plextor make a combo CD/DVD ROM drive?



04-16-2001, 08:25 PM
The version of FWB must be compatible with your OS version. you mentioned neither.

04-17-2001, 06:01 PM
Louie -

I have OS 9.0.4 and Toolkit v. 2.3.2. They're both working, so I assume they're compatible.

I assume since you didn't comment, that Plextor doesn't make a cd/dvd rom drive?

[This message has been edited by brock (edited 17 April 2001).]

04-17-2001, 09:41 PM
Assume nothing! FWB CDTK 2.3.2 is not even compatible with OS 8. You are looking for a train wreck. OS 9.x requires FWB CDTK 4.x for compatibility. You would be much better off getting Intech's CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.7 here http://www.macgurus.com/shoppingcart/showrampage.cgi?intechsoftware.html for $38.99 and free upgrades for life.

04-17-2001, 09:44 PM
if your machine is IDE, the best driver to use is the apple one, for the moment... if your interface is SCSI, then CDST is worth purchasing; the FWB software doesn't support a LOT of CDRW drives, they're slow, check their site... had a lot of problems with the Plextor 16x10x40 IDE in my B&W machine and finally settled on using the apple driver and it's very relieable. CDST is very useful, however; so, I'm hoping for a firmware upgrade from Plextor or whatever happens softwarewise that gives me compatibility eventually.

04-17-2001, 09:46 PM

We need Magician to answer the Plextor question because I don't know.

04-17-2001, 11:23 PM
what is the question?

04-17-2001, 11:27 PM
Does Plextor makw a CD/DVD drive?

04-18-2001, 05:50 PM
Louie et al -

Thanks for the info. How is it that my cd-rom is working if th FWB isn't compatible? It must be working under a different driver? How do I know what driver is driving it (system profiler says v.5.0, but not which one)? I guess I'd better uninstall the FWB.

Thanks again.


04-18-2001, 09:23 PM
Incompatibilities sneak up on you from behind, blind-side you and cause disk/system corruption. FWB 2.x dates back to 96/97 for System 7.x. FWB 3.x was for OS 8.x and FWB 4.x is for OS 9.x. I think they are up tp 4.5 now.

I just looked at the drivers for my two CD devices listed in ASP and I don't know what they represent. The don't match SpeedTools 5.7 which I use.

04-19-2001, 05:14 PM
Plextor does not make a CD/DVD-ROM drive.

interestingly enough, ASP says my Plextor UltraPlex40X is using driver version 5.6. There is no doubt that I am running CD/DVDST 5.7. I'm looking at the control panel.

i definitely recommend getting a more current version of CDT, or better, transitioning to Intech CD/DVDST. Remember: you can download a free demo (http://www.IntechUSA.com/CDDemo.html?297,25), confirm that you love it, and then buy it here (http://www.macgurus.com/shoppingcart/showrampage.cgi?intechsoftware.html).


04-19-2001, 09:52 PM
I'm using CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.7 in my Pismo for the CD/DVD-ROM and ASP also reports 5.6 for the driver version.

04-19-2001, 10:37 PM
Magician/Louie -

The Speedtools are already ready for me to download. Can't wait for the drive to get here.

Thanks again!

[This message has been edited by brock (edited 19 April 2001).]