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This drive is a 16X read, 4X write, 4X re-write speed CD re-writable recorder.
Besides the relatively fast speed (for a CDR/W drive) some of the features that
attracted me to this unit are it's 2MB buffer and the fact that it doesn't require
a caddy. CDR-CDR/W media are just placed in a tray-drawer. The large buffer helps
in preventing buffer over-runs which ruin the CDR disk. As with any CDR/W drive
this drive can read any CDROM and also write CDR disks.
I eventually gave up on this configuration since the physical layout of having
the CDR/W drive first required stretching one of the cables very tightly. So next
I decided to move the Yamaha 4416SX to a different computer so it wouldn't have
to share the external port with the scanner. I had an old Symbios Logic 416 ISA
SCSI controller which only supports external devices. This card originally came
with my HP scanner, and I could never get it to work under Warp 4 due to resource
conflicts in several different computers I tried it in. No problems at all running
this card with Aurora (and now Warp Server e-business). The Yamaha was readily found
by the 416 driver display on boot after I changed the SCSI ID to 5. For some reason
SCSI ID's 0,1,2,3,4 did resulted in the device not being found. So if you experience
a problem, try changing SCSI ID's if possible.
RSJ installed without any problem, but as noted earlier I couldn't get it to
attach the CDWFS via the GUI frontend - CDWriter Control. It worked fine using the
command line version though. And that is what I used up until the latest version
(2.80) of RSJ became available which fixed the problem for me. I have seen no reports
of anyone else having this problem, but then it may have been related to installing
RSJ on the Aurora beta/WSe-b systems.
Since I was having this minor problem I looked into updating the firmware for
the 4416SX. You can find firmware updates for all Yamaha drives at http://www.yamahayst.com/techsup/download2.htm#Download
As suspected they flash upgrading the bios is only supported under DOS, MAC and
win95. I tried their instructions for updating via a DOS boot from floppy, but I
could never get the drive recognized under DOS so I am still at the same revision
as when I received the drive 1.0e. The latest version is 1.0g. Yamaha lists firmware
revision history, and the changes under 1.0f and 1.0g don't look all that important
to fuss with it at the moment.
Though it is not as fast as an hard drive, I was actually impressed at the speed
of copying files using RSJ's CDWFS to mount the CDR/W as a writeable drive. In a
very unscientific test, I copied the 92Meg StarOffice 5.1 install file to my Yamaha
drive using a batch command file first calling time, then just a standard
If you look for an external version on pricewatch, be aware that some of those
listed (at remarkably lower cost compared to the 4416SX) are actually OEM internal
units mounted in a non-Yamaha case. Perhaps not a big deal, but you should be aware
of what you are buying. I have heard that these drives can get very hot when in
use. The case of the 4416SX has a built in fan and has never been warm to the touch.
For those who need to remain ahead of the hardware curve, now Plextor's new CDR/W
has taken over as the king of the speedway, with 8X/2X/20X drive, but at a higher
I am pleased with the Yamaha 4416SX drive and it's functioning with RSJ under
OS/2. Since I ended up moving the drive to a different machinethen originally planned,
that actually has an internal bay available, I could have saved myself more then
$100 by going with the internal version. In my experience so far, this isn't the
sort of device one usually moves from pc to pc anyway since you have to load software
to use it. It would be nice if Yamaha actually provided some support for OS/2 users,
but there is none. I would guess this is typical of all these manufacturers at this
point. If anyone knows of a CDR-CDR/W manufacturer that actually supports OS/2 please
let me know.
Yamaha 16x Read/4x Write/4x Re-Write External SCSI CD Read/Writable - $387.50US
Indelible Blue - http://www.indelible-blue.com/ibapps/hardware.nsf/G1/576390ABDC2C8D45852566EA007C27FF
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