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Acer CRW-8432IA

Basic claimed characteristics of Acer CRW-8432IA
Firmware version:
Loading mechanism:
Recording modes:
Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, Multi-Session, Packet Writing
Recording formats:
CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, CD-Digital, CD-Bridge, Audio CD, CD-Extra, Video CD, Photo CD
Average access time:
120 ms
CD-R recording
1x, 2x, 4x, 8x
CD-RW recording
2x, 4x
14x-32x (2100-4800 KBytes/s)
Buffer size:
2048 KBytes
Production date:
June 2000
Price for the moment of testing:
150 - 160 USD.

The delivery-pack: Retail.

Complete set:

  • Installation manual in the form of a poster
  • CD with drivers and program for recording and creating of CD - Nero Burning Rom, version, head InCD 1.3.141 of Ahead Software and detailed description of both program.
  • Card-reminder "What to do, if Nero program can't find your CD-ROM"
  • A diskette with UDF driver and other drivers for DOS
  • One CD-RW
  • Four screws for installation inside the system block.
  • Analog audiocable to connect the drive to the soundcard.
ATIP CD-RW of the disc:
ATIP: 97m 22s 60f
Disc Manufacturer: Acer Media Technology, Inc.
Assumed Dye type: Cyanine (Type 0)
Media type: CD-ReWritable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. 4X
nominal Capacity: 656.20MB (74m 41s 50f / LBA: 335975)

A little strange, why the manufacturer hasn't provide with IDE-connector. It seems that Acer CRW-8432IA and ASUSTeK CRW-0804F do not differ much, Windows 98 identifies Acer just the same as ASUSTeK.

But for one thing: the drive "was called" ATAPI, not IDE.

Acer CRW-8432IA is a brief modification of CRW-8432A, which carries 4 times larger buffer - 8192 Kb.

Beside Nero, the CD contains Acrobat Reader 4.0, user's manual on Nero program in pdf format (in 6 languages), user's manuals of Acer internal CD-RW drive and Acer external USB CD-RW drive.

It's strange that on the pack we have found that advisable memory size should be 64 MBytes, and user's manual says that Pentium 133 and 16 MBytes RAM would be enough…

Both Acer CRW-8432IA and ASUSTeK recorders have similar nonordinary design. Who stole the design is unclear, but we like ASUS CRW-0804F more that Acer.

The drive is not so light as ASUS. The distinguishing feature of both recorders is a cooler on the rear panel.

The front panel includes: headphones jack (6), mechanical volume control (5) (there is CRW-8432IA modification with digital volume control), round open button (1), two indicators (4,3), emergency ejection hole (7). The tray should go out smoother. But it's snug against the case properly, so there is no much noise and vibration. On the rear panel there is a digital output.

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