|Specification of the AOpen CRW-1232A:
||Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet
||CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, CD-I, CD-Text, CD+G, CD-Extra,
|Read/write support in Raw-mode
||RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-DAO Write Simulation - supported
CD+G RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-SAO - supported
RAW-SAO Write Simulation - supported
|Average access time
||2x, 4x, 8X, 12X
||2X, 4x, 10X
|Buffer underrun error prevention technology
||32x max (4800 KBytes/s)
|Price as tested
The device ships in a Retail package.
The box contains:
- User's Manual.
- Installation manual.
- Installation Manual in the form of a colorful folding poster.
- CD with software for recording: Nero Burning Rom 18.104.22.168 and InCD 1.7 from
- CD with the GAMUT 2000 1.2.0 program for audio file playback.
- CD-R and CD-RW discs.
- 4 screws and "Eject Stick".
- Analog audio cable for connection of the drive to a sound card.
AOpen recommends you to create first CDs in the Nero program. For playback
of audio discs and MP3 files there is GAMUT 2000 program which can communicate
with you in 7 languages.
The utility has a possibility to change an interface with the
help of additional skins, and to change the character of sounding.
An information list found in the User Manual contains the maximum number
of recommendations, by following of which you can provide the most stable
and reliable recording process at 12X.
The drive is not very noisy. Discs extracted from the CRW-1232A are warm
and that implies that the internal temperature is moderate.
If you are writing discs exactly in the Nero, then you mustn't face
a problem when the JustLink is not recognized by other software. The Nero
identifies the recorder correctly and gives all necessary data.
The JustLink operation has nothing to complain about. A buffer underrun
problem, created artificially, didn't cause any damage of the disc, and
at the end the Nero reported about that case.
Users that accustomed to work with the EasyCD Creator might have some difficulties.
The AOpen won't clash with this packet of the 4.03b version. But
it seems that the EasyCD doesn't support the JustLink, and since the system
is not capable to provide a continuous data flow, then you may lose your
But it should be noted that we didn't tried this drive under the EasyCD
Creator of the fifth version.
If you are using the CloneCD utility, you should update it at least
up to the 22.214.171.124 version. The earlier versions 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52, as
well as the EasyCD can work with the CRW-1232A, but the JustLink technology
won't help to eliminate buffer underrun errors.
The front panel is designed traditionally for the Ricoh family:
a traditional tip-up tray lid, a headphones jack,
mechanical volume control, a rectangular recessed tray button, a
drive operation indicator, an emergency ejection hole. The rear
panel contains a digital output.
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