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HP cd-writer dvd combo 9900

Specification of the HP cd-writer dvd combo 9900:
Firmware version
Recording modes Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet Writing
Recording formats CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, CD-Text, CD-I, CD-Extra, CD-Bridge, Video CD
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 125 ms
CD-R recording 2x, 4x, 8X, 10x, 12X
CD-RW recording 2X, 4x, 10X
Buffer underrun error prevention technology JustLink
Interface UltraDMA 33
Reading CD: 32x max
DVD: 8x max
Buffer size 2048 KBytes
Production date March 2001
Manufacturer Japon
Price as tested $240

The drive ships in a Retail package.

The box contains:

  • Installation Manual in the form of a poster in 5 languages;
  • User Manual in 10 languages;
  • Installation manual in the form of a poster with step-by-step instructions;
  • Booklet in 5 languages on troubleshooting in 5 languages;
  • 3 CDs with software;
  • HP CD-Labeler;
  • 1 16X CD-R and 1 High Speed CD-RW (4X10X) discs;
  • 4 screws;
  • Analog cable for connecting the drive to a sound card;
  • IDE cable.

ATIP: 97m 27s 66f
Disc Manufacturer: Ricoh Company Ltd.
Reflective layer: Dye (Short strategy; e.g. Phthalocyanine)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 651.86 MBytes
(74m 12s 00f / LBA: 333750)

ATIP: 97m 34s 23f
Disc Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Chemicals Corp.
Reflective layer: Phase change
Media type: CD-ReWritable
Recording Speeds: min. 4X max. 8X
nominal Capacity: 656.40 MBytes
(74m 43s 00f / LBA: 336075)

I won't dwell on the software supplied as it is very close to that of the HP cd-writer 9700i examined here. The only difference is that the 9900 has a good DVD player from Cyberlink - PowerDVD player.

The JustLink technology and appearance imply that it is a Ricoh-based drive.

Here is what the Nero says you about it:

In the design the new HP drive is very similar to the previous models: it has the same wave on the tray door, a headphones jack, a mechanical volume control, an oval blue tray button, an emergency ejection hole and one LED. On the rear panel there is a digital-out.

In course of reading the drive doesn't make much noise until it comes across a hard-to-read area.

At the same time it excellently plays DVD movies: an image has no artifacts, and a 2 MBytes buffer is enough to eliminate delays in data delivery. We tested the drive with an 1-layer DVD disc with a movie called "Faculty" which lasted 104 min. (4.04 GBytes).

The DVD part of the device was estimated with the Nero DVD Speed utility.

The results could have been closer to the specified if we had used a 2-layer disc. But I don't think there are a lot of people out there who need a high reading speed of the drive.

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