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|jwvdhoek||11:21am on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010|
|quick, responsive, reads and burns everyhing I throw at it - generally my first choice for CD and DVD tasks No idea, I hardly used it It caused my PC to crash, maybe it was the software provided with it.|
|mareich||3:48am on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010|
|I guess I should have read reviews on this site first. Sturdy case. Solid feel and look. Nice that the prices have dropped on this unit. I will continue to buy this model.|
|Dalton||1:34am on Monday, August 16th, 2010|
|Package arrived promptly in 3 days via Fed X. It sits there and works. Much like myself. Looks good. Quiet. Efficient. Software seems easy to use. Haven't come up with one yet.|
|atr||10:20pm on Monday, June 28th, 2010|
|not the same old plextor A few days after the 12-month warranty expired, so did this drive. Great Drive This is a great addition to my PC. I use it to record and convert the many home movies I take of my 15 grandchildren to DVD. Fast. dvd burner heaven very good value for the price. money well spent. plextor 810 is a wonderful and sturdy external burner.|
|_mc||9:14pm on Sunday, March 21st, 2010|
|Great value Great little disk drive perfect for occasional software installation on my netbook.|
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External IEEE 1394 (FireWire) & Hi-Speed USB
8.5 GB DUAL LAYER / DOUBLE LAYER DVD
The PX-755UF DVDR/RW CD-R/RW External IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and Hi-speed USB drive from Plextor offers all the advantages of our legendary CD-RW drives. Along with dual/double layer (8.5 GB) format capabilities, the PX-755UF is also supported by AUTOSTRATEGY and oweRec technology to enhance your P recording activities.
< Double layer allows you to record up to 4 hours of high-quality MPEG-2/DVD video on a 8.5 GB disc < AUTOSTRATEGY writing technology for unknown media with uneven quality < Supports DVD+RW background format < Supports DVDVR format for direct disc recording < Supports CD-Text and CD+G writing/ reading. < Buffer Underrun Proof technology prevents buffer underrun errors < Horizontal or vertical orientation < IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and Hi-speed USB dual interface < Windows 2000/XP/Mac OSX (Mac Software not included) < One-year full warranty (parts and labor) < Unlimited toll-free technical support
Achieve high-quality recording at optimum speeds using any media!
Writing technology for unknown media with uneven quality. When a writable disc isnt listed in the drives internal media catalog, AUTOSTRATEGY automatically checks the disc and develops a write strategy for it. Plextor Optimized Writing Error Reduction Control (PoweRec) adjusts laser power and writing speed so theyre at the optimum settings for that particular disc.
P erformance You Can Rely On
The PX-755UF has a unique technology and feature combination offering unparalleled reliability: PlexEraser is a data destruction utility that makes a recorded CD-R or DVD disc unreadable.* SecureRecording lets you write on a CD-R disc and protect the data with a password.* GigaRec allows high capacity storage of up to 900 MB on a 700 MB CD-R disc. With this advanced feature, you can increase the maximum writing capacity up to 30%.* Q-Check diagnostic suite is used to verify the quality of blank and recorded media.* VariRec provides users with unprecedented control over the burn process.* SilentMode enables users to vary tray load/unload speed, spin up/down speed and write/ read speeds.* Black disc tray minimizes jitter and reduces C1 error rates. Optimized PCB circuits near the power supply decrease noise and provide clean power to the drive, improving both jitter and deviation levels.
P owerful Software that Works for You
PlexTools Professional software allows you to control powerful functions with an easy-to-use interface and includes Plextor premium features for AUTOSTRATEGY, PoweRec, PlexEraser, SecureRecording, GigaRec, Q-Check, VariRec, and SilentMode. Roxio Easy Media Creator 8** is an award winning software suite which combines full-featured photo, video, music, burning, and authoring applications for the PC.
*Enabled by Plextools Professional only **Support Windows 2000/XP only
Disc Tray Power Indicator (top of drive)
Data Transfer Rate Sustained Read/Write Speed CAV, PCAV, CLV write/CAV and CLV read 16X (DVD read/write) 12X (DVD read/write) 10X (DVD write only) 8X (DVD read/write) 9.28 - 22.16 MB/sec 8.31 - 16.62 MB/sec (write) 6.93 - 16.62 MB/sec (read) 8.31 - 13.85 MB/sec 8.31 - 11.08 MB/sec (write) 4.70 - 11.08 MB/sec (read) 8.31 MB/sec 5.54 MB/sec 3.32 MB/sec 2.77 MB/sec 1.38 MB/sec 3.15 - 7.29 MB/sec (write) 3.00 - 7.20 MB/sec (read) 2.60 - 6 MB/sec 3.15 - 4.8 MB/sec (write) 2.08 - 4.8 MB/sec (read) 3 - 3.6 MB/sec (write) 1.6 - 3.6 MB/sec (read) 2.4 MB/sec 1.5 MB/sec 1.2 MB/sec 600 KB/sec
Disc Busy Indicator
Emergency Eject Button
6X (DVD write only) 4X (DVD write only) 2.4X (DVD write only) 2X (DVD read/write)
USB/ IEEE 1394 Toggle Switch
1X (DVD write only)
48X (CD read/write) 40X (CD read only)
Eject Lights Disc Loading Auto Eject/Manual Emergency Power on/ Disc Busy Indicator Auto load/Manual load
32X (CD read/write) 24X (CD read/write) 16X (CD write only)
Power Supply Power Switch Interface Connector Interface Switch AC adapter 100~240V, 60/50 HZ ON/OFF rocker switch IEEE1394 (4 pins or 6 pins) or USB To change interface between USB and FireWire Burst Read/Write Typical CD Random Access Buffer Read Error Rate
10X (CD write only) 8X (CD read/write) 4X (CD read/write)
USB 1.1/ USB 2.0/ IEEE Mbps/ 480 Mbps/ 400 Mbps (max) <100 ms 2 MB CD-ROM Mode 1/DVD-ROM: 1 block/1012 bits CD-ROM Mode 2: 1 block/109 bits R ecommended Media (All DVD-RW and CD-RW media is rewritable up to 1,000 times) DVD+R (4.7 GB) 16X 8X, 4X DVD+RW DVD+R DL (8.5 GB) 8X, 4X, 2.4X 10X, 8X 2.4X DVD-R 16X 8X, 4X 6X, 4X, 2X, 1X 6X 48X 32X 24X 4X - 10X Maxell, Taiyo Yuden, Verbatim/Mitsubishi Chemical Maxell, Ricoh, Taiyo Yuden, Verbatim/Mitsubishi Chemical Ricoh, Verbatim/Mitsubishi Chemical Verbatim/Mitsubishi Chemical Ricoh, Verbatim/Mitsubishi Chemical Maxell, Taiyo Yudan, TDK Maxell, Taiyo Yuden, TDK, Verbatim/Mitsubishi Verbatim/Mitsubishi Chemical, TDK, Victor Verbatim/Mitsubishi Chemical Maxell, TDK Verbatim/Mitsubishi Chemical Verbatim/Mitsubishi Chemical Ricoh, Verbatim/Mitsubishi Chemical Typical DVD Random Access <150 ms
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (W/H/D) Weight Disc Useable DVD Formats Useable CD Formats 6.75 in x 2.09 in x 9.98 in 167.1 mm x 53 mm x 253.5 mm 3.31 lbs 1,600 g
DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, Multi-border, Multi-session, DVD+VR, DVD-VR CD-DA, CD-Extra, CD-ROM Mode-1, CD-ROM Mode-2, CD-ROM XA, Photo-CD, Video-CD, Multi-session, CD TEXT, CD-I, CD+G, UDF, Packet Write, Bootable CD, Hybrid-CD 12 cm Track-at-Once, Disc-at-Once, Packet Write (variable and fixed), Session-at-Once Disc-at-Once, Multi-session, Incremental Recording Disc-at-Once, Multi-session, Incremental Recording/Random access write, Sequential Write Sequential Write Disc-at-Once, Multi-session, Incremental Recording
Disc Diameter Recording CD Modes Recording DVD+R DL Mode(s) Recording DVD+R/RW Mode(s) Recording DVD-R DL Mode Recording DVD-R/RW Mode(s)
DVD-RW DVD-R DL (8.5 GB) CD-R CD-RW
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Minimum CPU HDD RAM
System Requirements Pentium 4 1.4 GHz or equivalent (minimum) 1 GB free space for copying CD to CD image 6GB to 10GB free space for DVD authoring 256 MB
Monitor Display Resolution OS Support
1024 X 768 at 16-bit color Windows 2000/XP/ Mac OSX
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NOTE: Depending on the USB chipset used in your computer, the PX-750UFs DVD read speed may be limited to 14X maximum with USB 2.0 only. Maximum IEEE 1394/FireWire read speed remains 16X.
Reads DVD-RAM discs at up to 5X. For CDs, the PX-750: Writes to CD-R (recordable CD) media at up to 40X speed. Writes to CD-RW (rewritable CD) media at up to 24X speed. Reads all CD-ROM, CD-RW, and CD-R data media at a maximum of 40X speed. Reads CD-DA (audio) and CD-R audio media at up to 40X speed. Reads CD-RW audio media at up to 40X speed. 2
Features of the PX-750
Internal ATAPI or external USB/FireWire interface: The PX-750A internal drive easily installs in virtually any PC with an E-IDE ATAPI interface. The PX-750UF external drive features both USB 2.0 and FireWire (IEEE 1394), to connect to a PC or Macintosh computer with either of these high-speed interfaces. Supports both Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (480 megabits per second) and FullSpeed USB 1.1 (12 megabits per second). High speed transfers: The PX-750 supports data transfers via Ultra DMA Mode 4, DMA Mode 2, and PIO Mode 4. MMC compliance: Supports the MMC-3 command set. Flash memory: Allows upgrading the PX-750 to the latest firmware revision (available free from the Plextor web site) without opening the computer or the drive. Black tray: Reduces the effect of optical distortion by absorbing reflections from the laser beam, enhancing read quality. Plug and Play: Supports Windows Plug and Play. Digital and analog audio outputs in the PX-750A: The PX-750A has output connectors for both digital (SPDIF) and analog audio output. CPRM support: The PX-750 supports Content Protection for Recordable Media, so you can play CPRM copy-controlled media. Small form factor: To save space inside your computer, depth of the PX-750A is just 6.69 inches (170 millimeters), including the bezel.
DVD Features Lossless linking for DVD+R/RW and DVD+R DL: Allows DVD+RW discs to be edited and still play on DVD-ROM players. Zero Link for DVD-R/RW, DVD-R DL: Has 0 byte gap between sessions so the discs are compatible with all players. This allows DVD-RW discs to be edited and still play on DVD-ROM players. Double layer and dual layer DVD discs: Reads and writes DVD+R DL (double layer) and DVD-R DL (dual layer) discs, so you can burn up to 4 hours of high quality MPEG-2/DVD video on a single 8.5-gigabyte DVD disc. Wide media compatibility: Compatible with a wide range of DVDRAM, DVDR and DVDRW media. DVD Multi Recorder: Supports the DVD Multi specification for read and write; can read and write DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, multi-border, multi-session and DVDVR. Versatile recording modes for DVD+R/RW: Including disc-at-once (DAO) for DVD+R DL (double layer) discs; DAO, multi-session, and incremental write for DVD+R; and sequential write for DVD+RW. Recording versatility for DVD-R/RW, too: Including disc-at-once (DAO) for DVD-R DL (dual-layer); DAO and multi-border recording for DVD-R; and DAO, multi-border recording, and restricted overwriting for DVD-RW. CD-R and CD-RW Features Variety of recording modes: Supports track-at-once, disc-at-once, session-at-once, multi-session, variable and fixed packet writing, and CD-MRW (Mount Rainier). Buffer Underrun Proof Technology: Eliminates buffer underrun errors, so you can safely use your computer for other tasks while youre writing to a CD-R or CD-RW disc. Wide compatibility: Wide CD-R and CD-RW media compatibility. 4
Save Your Box!
Be sure to save the box after you have installed your drive. The box and its packaging material were designed and drop tested to ensure your drive can endure rough treatment and still arrive in working order. If you have to ship your drive back to Plextor, youll want to send it in the original box. (For more details about returning your drive to Plextor, see page 89.) If the security sticker on top of your box is cut, there may be a good reason: for example, a dealer may have added other components or software. Carefully check the contents to ensure nothing has been removed. If something is missing, contact the party from whom you purchased the box for an explanation.
NOTE: This applies to the Plextor retail box. Your drive may have been shipped in a different box with other contents, depending on whom you purchased the drive from and what they included inside the box.
If your drive came pre-installed, some or all of the items above may have been installed and may not be separately available. See the Plextor web site for locations to purchase additional or replacement accessories.
PX-750A QuickStart Installation For Experienced PC Users Only
If youve installed computer peripherals before, use this QuickStart installation to get up and running quickly.
IMPORTANT NOTE: To ensure maximum writing speed, you must connect the PX-750A to an 80-conductor IDE/ATA flat ribbon cable. (This newer 80-conductor ribbon cable is physically interchangeable with the 40-conductor cable found in older computers.) The Plextorsupplied cable is an 80-conductor cable.
Typical Scenario 1: You have a PC with an IDE interface installed, you have Windows 2000 or XP, and you have nothing installed on the secondary IDE port. What to do: Leave the PX-750As jumper set to Master, attach it to the secondary IDE port, and go. Windows will recognize the drive automatically. Typical Scenario 2: You have a PC with an IDE interface installed, you have Windows 2000 or XP, the primary IDE port already has two devices connected and you have a CD-ROM installed on the secondary IDE port. What to do: Change the CD-ROM to Slave, leave the PX-750As jumper set to Master and attach the PX-750A to the secondary IDE port. Windows recognizes the new drive automatically. If neither of these situations applies to you, or youre not comfortable with IDE installation, read the rest of this section for more detailed installation instructions.
Mount the PX-750A Drive
Heres an overview of what youll do to mount the drive: 1. Turn OFF your computer system. 2. Set the jumpers for your new PX-750A drive, if necessary. 3. Mount the drive into an available drive bay inside the computer system. 4. Make all necessary cabling connections: IDE cable, power cable, and audio cable. 5. Turn your computer system ON. The following pages give more details for this procedure.
Open the Computer and Prepare for Installation
To determine whether your PX-750A will be a Master or a Slave, open your computer and examine the IDE connections to the motherboard. To open the computer: 1. Before proceeding, make sure the power to your computer and any external peripherals is OFF and your computer is UNPLUGGED from its power source. 2. Remove your computers cover, following the directions provided by your computers manufacturer. Typically, this involves loosening or removing several screws on the back panel of your computer and sliding off the cover. See Figure 3 for an example.
Figure 3: Removing a typical computer's cover
Determine Your Existing IDE Configuration
With your computer open, determine the existing IDE configuration. You can do this by looking at the IDE ribbon cable (or cablesthere may be two) and seeing what is connected to them. One end of the IDE cable connects to the IDE port on your computers motherboard; and there are usually two other connectors for attaching peripheral devices such as a hard disk, DVD or CD-ROM drive, or your PX-750A drive. If there are two devices, one is configured as Master and the other the Slave, as indicated by the position of jumpers on the back of the drive. If your computer is set up for Cable Select, or CSEL, both devices will be jumpered as Cable Select. In older computers, this configuration required a special Cable Select cable. If there are two IDE cables, one is for the primary IDE bus and the other is for the secondary bus.
Before you install your PX-750A, your computers IDE configuration is usually one of the following: Configuration A: Hard disks connected as Master and Slave devices on primary IDE port; DVD or CD-ROM drive connected as the Master device on secondary IDE port. Configuration B: Hard disk connected as Master device and DVD or CD-ROM drive connected as Slave on the primary IDE port; nothing connected to secondary IDE port. Configuration C: Hard disk connected as Master device on primary IDE port; nothing connected to secondary IDE port. Configuration D: System uses special Cable Select cables; all devices are jumpered for Cable Select.
Inspect Your Computers Cables
To ensure that it can write at maximum rated speed (16X), you should make sure the PX-750A is connected to an 80-conductor IDE/ATA flat ribbon cable. If you have an older computer, it may still be equipped with a 40-conductor cable.
Figure 9. How to install the PX-750A if your computer is originally set up in configuration B
Before PX-750A Installation Hard disk connected as Master device on primary IDE port; nothing connected to secondary IDE port.
Figure 10. How to install the PX-750A if your computer is originally set up in configuration C
Before PX-750A Installation System uses special Cable Select cables; all devices are jumpered for Cable Select.
How to Install the PX-750A Set the PX-750As mode jumper to CSEL, and connect the drive to the end of the cable from the computers IDE interface connector.
Figure 11: How to install the PX-750A if your computer is originally set up in configuration D
About Cable Select
The Cable Select jumper position sets the PX-750A drive to use the CSEL signal from the IDE interface for configuration purposes. This signal automatically selects the correct Master/Slave setting for the drive.
Figure 12: Configuring the PX-750A drive for Cable Select To use CSEL, you must have: A computer that supports CSEL. An IDE cable that supports CSEL (Cable Select). The 80-conductor IDE/ATA cable from Plextor supports CSEL.
Before proceeding to install the PX-750A drive in your personal computer, double-check your jumper setting.
Record the Serial Number
Record the serial number and TLA number of your drive on the inside front cover of this manual.
Change the Front-Panel Color
If desired, you can change the PX-750As front-panel color by replacing the bezel. See Changing the PX-750A Front-Panel Color on page 58 for a detailed procedure. Make this change before mounting your PX750A drive in the computer.
Mount the Drive in the Computer
You can mount your internal drive in any available bay. You must remove the small panel that covers the bay that you want to use.
NOTE: The drive can be mounted horizontally or vertically
If you dont have an empty bay, remove the existing IDE DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive and install the PX-750A. You must make a minimum of two cable connections to your PX-750A. The two cable connections that you must make are: IDE cable Power cable There are also two optional cable connections: An analog audio cable connection if you are using a sound board in your computer and plan to connect the PX-750As audio output to the audio connector on the sound board. A digital audio cable connection if the sound board is equipped with SPDIF or Digital-In and you wish to use the digital audio output from your PX-750A. 28
To mount the PX-750A drive: 1. Make sure the power to your computer and any external peripherals is turned OFF and your computer is UNPLUGGED from its power source. 2. If you haven't already removed the cover from your computer, remove it now, following the directions provided by your computers manufacturer. Typically, this involves loosening or removing several screws on the back panel of your computer and sliding off the cover. See Figure 3 for details. 3. Remove the cover panel from the bay that will hold the drive. To remove the cover panel, pop it out by pressing outward lightly. (In some older computers, you may have to remove screws that hold the panel in place.)
Figure 13: Removing the cover panel from a bay
4. Determine if you must install mounting rails on the sides of your drive. To do so, insert the drive into the open bay. If the drive fits tightly with little or no clearance on either side of the drive, you will not have to use mounting rails. The drive can be mounted directly into your computer. Go to step 6.
NOTE: Plextor does not provide rails. If you need rails, you can obtain them from the computer manufacturer or from a computer supply retail or mail-order store.
5. If you must use mounting rails, fasten the rails to the lower pair of holes as shown in Figure 14. (In some instances, you may need to fasten the rails to the upper set of holes.) After fastening the rails, check their positioning by sliding the drive into the bay before you mount the drive or connect any cables.
CAUTION: Be sure not to mistake the inner and outer face of the rail when attaching. Typically, the smooth side of the rail faces away from the drives chassis.
Figure 14: Installing mounting rails (if needed)
6. Plug one connector of the 80-conductor IDE/ATA cable into the IDE connector on the rear panel of the drive before you insert the drive into your computer. Then thread the cable through the front of the open bay and back toward the motherboard. The drive should slide smoothly into the bay. If it does not, check for obstructions in the bay and ensure the side rails are attached properly. 7. If not already connected, attach the other end of the IDE ribbon cable to the connector on the motherboard.
NOTE: Your computer must be running Windows 2000 or Windows XP (or Mac OS X). If you are not running one of these operating systems you cannot use the PX-750UF. You cannot use the PX-750UF with Windows 98 or Mac OS 9.
Determine What Interface to Use
You can use either USB 2.0 or FireWire. The built-in USB ports on older computers (and even on inexpensive new ones) provide only USB 1.1that is, Full-Speed (12 Mbps) USB. For optimum performance: If your PC does not have built-in USB 2.0, use the FireWire port, if available. If you have neither USB 2.0 or FireWire, you can purchase and install a third-party PCI USB 2.0 or FireWire plug-in host adapter card. If you dont want to purchase a separate card, you can use your PCs built-in USB 1.1 port. However this limits the CD-RW drive performance of the Plextor PX-750UF to 4X write, 4X rewrite, and 6X read. DVD performance with USB 1.1 is 0.7X.
Connect the PX-750UF Drive
This section explains how to install your drive (that is, how to connect it to your computer).
Record the Serial Number and TLA Code
Before proceeding to connect the Plextor PX-750UF drive to your personal computer, record the serial number and TLA number of your drive on the inside front cover of this manual.
Install the Drive in Your Windows Computer
If you have a computer with Windows XP or Windows 2000, use the following procedure to install your PX-750UF drive. To install the PX-750UF drive in a Windows-based computer: 1. Turn ON your computer system. 2. Set the interface switch at the rear of the PX-750UF drive to USB (switch to the right) if you are using a USB cable; or to 1394 (switch to the left) if you are using IEEE 1394 (FireWire). 3. Connect the AC adapter to your PX-750UF as shown in Figure 19. 4. Turn the drives power switch ON (the 1 side is down). The power indicator is illuminated when power is on. 5. Connect the USB or IEEE 1394 (FireWire) cable from your PX-750UF drive to the computer.
Figure 19: Connecting the AC adapter and USB or FireWire cable The drive should be automatically recognized by the computer. In some cases, you may have to reboot (turn the computer off, then on again) for the PX-750UF to be recognized.
CAUTION FOR USB: If possible, always connect the PX-750UF directly to the computers USB port. Connecting the PX-750UF to a USB hub is not recommended. Connecting through a USB hub may reduce the drives performance. CAUTION FOR IEEE 1394: To guarantee rated performance with IEEE 1394/FireWire, the PX-750UF should be the only device on the cable. Daisy-chaining the PX-750UF with other IEEE 1394/FireWire devices may reduce performance.
Identifying Cables and Ports
This illustration will help you identify the cables and computer ports and make the necessary connections.
Figure 20: Identifying cables and ports on your computer
Switching Between USB and IEEE 1394 Interfaces
You can connect any or all of the interface cables (USB, IEEE 1394 4-pin, and IEEE 1394 6-pin) and switch between them. You can even have different cables attached at the same time, allowing more than one computer to share the PX-750UF. To switch between interfaces attached to the PX-750UF: 1. Ensure an interface cable for the desired USB or IEEE 1394 interface is attached to the PX-750UF and to the computer. 2. At the rear of the PX-750UF, set the interface switch to the desired interface. 3. Cycle the PX-750UF power. (That is, turn the PX-750UFs power switch off, then on again.)
If Youre Using FireWire
If you are using FireWire (IEEE 1394), remember these hints for better operation: Do not daisy-chain the PX-750UF; that is, do not connect it to the same cable along with other FireWire devices. The PX-750UF is not bus poweredthat is, it doesnt get its power from the IEEE 1394 cableso you have to use the bundled AC adapter.
If You Have a Macintosh
If you have a Macintosh, use the following procedure to install your PX-750UF drive: 1. Turn on the Macintosh. 2. Check the minimum system requirements for your Macintosh recording application and ensure you are running the required Mac OS version. 3. On the PX-750UF, set the rear-panel interface switch to USB or IEEE 1394, corresponding to the interface you will be using. 4. Connect the AC adapter to your PX-750UF. 5. Turn the drives power switch ON (the 1 is depressed). The power indicator is illuminated when power is applied. 6. Connect the USB cable or an IEEE 1394 cable from your PX-750UF drive to the Macintosh computer. The Macintosh automatically recognizes the PX-750UF (if the base extensions are loaded), and you should be ready to use the drive as a CD-ROM. To use the recording capabilities of the drive, a recording application must be installed.
NOTE: For optimum performance, if your Macintosh computer does not have built-in USB 2.0, use the FireWire port. Or you can install a thirdparty PCI USB 2.0 plug-in host adapter card.
This completes the installation procedure. Go on to the next section to see how to use your PX-750UF drive.
4. Using Your PX-750
Figure 24: Wipe the disc from the center outward
HINT: Keep your frequently used discs in jewel cases at all times to prevent them from becoming dirty or damaged.
You can operate your PX-750 drive in either a horizontal or a vertical position.
To play a digital video disc, insert the DVD as you would any other disc. The drive plays both single layer and double layer discs. The first time: A code on each DVD allows it to be played only on players designed for a certain regional area, such as North America, Europe, etc. When the drive ships from the factory there is no region code set. The first time a DVD that has a region setting is inserted into the drive, the drive is automatically set to that region code. If you later insert a DVD with a different region code, you are prompted to either accept changing the new region code or not. If you dont accept the change, then that DVD will not play. If you do accept the change, then the region code setting is changed. But remember: you can change the drives region code only 5 times. After that, you cant change it any more.
Writing to DVD Media
You need special software that supports writing to DVD+R, DVD+R DL, and DVD+RW discs; or to DVD-R DL, DVD-R and DVD-RW discs. Roxios Easy Media Creator (on the DVD that accompanies your PX-750) contains this software. You dont need special software to write to DVD-RAM media.
Specifying +R/RW or -R/RW
You dont need to specify whether to write to +R/RW or -R/RW. The selection is automatically made for you, based on the media you insert in the drive.
Writing to CD-R and CD-RW Media
In conjunction with your drive, mastering and packet writing software such as Roxio Easy Media Creator or Ahead Softwares Nero allows you to write audio, video, data, or other information to writable (CD-R) or rewritable (CD-RW) media. The PX-750 writes to all types of CDRW media.
Using the Disc/Busy Indicator
The color and blink rate of the front-panel disc/busy indicator give you information about the drives operation. When you are writing to a CD-R or CD-RW disc, the color and blink rate of the front-panel disc/busy indicator show the speed of writing, as follows:
Figure 31: Pull forward gently to remove the front bezel
CAUTION: Do not touch any of the internal components that are visible.
10. Position the new bezel in front of the drive and slide it gently in place. Ensure that the top clip and all three bezel hooks lock into place.
Figure 32: Slide the new bezel into position and make sure all three bezel hooks snap into place
11. Install the new tray face plate by pressing the L-shaped forms on both sides of the face plate into the rib of the disc tray, and sliding the face plate downward until the two hooks are fixed.
Figure 33: Install the tray face plate, close the disc tray gently, and reinstall the drive in the computer To install the drive in your computer, go to Mount the PX-750A Drive on page 14.
If you have problems during or right after installation of your drive, first make sure the drive is recognized. If you still have problems, visit the Plextor web site for tips and troubleshooting help.
Make Sure the Drive Is Recognized
If youre having trouble after installation, make sure the PX-750 drive is recognized by your computer. To check whether the drive is recognized: To see if the drive is recognized in Windows: 1. Turn the computer ON. After the computer boots up, you should see the Windows display. 2. Open Windows Explorer or My Computer and ensure there is an icon for the Plextor drive, the hard disk, and another DVD or CDROM drive, if present. The Plextor icon may be D: or E: or another designator.
If the PX-750A drive isnt recognized in Windows: 1. If the PX-750A drive is not recognized in Windows, reboot the computer and use your computers setup program to program the BIOS to recognize it.
NOTE: Refer to the computers documentation for information on how to run the motherboard BIOS setup program.
For the PX-750A, use the motherboard BIOS setup program to set up IDE Master and Slave designations, as needed for your configuration, on the primary or secondary IDE bus. If the IDE interface is disabled on your computer, you will need to enable it. If a Master or Slave device is set to disable or none or a similar designation, change it as appropriate to enable or auto (or something similar, depending on your setup program). 2. Save and exit your CMOS setup to restart your computer with the new settings. 3. In Windows 2000 or XP, right-click on the My Computer icon and select Properties. Click on the Hardware tab, then click on the Device Manager button. Click the + sign next to the DVD/CD-ROM drives heading and look for the PLEXTOR DVDR PX-750A entry underneath. If you do not see this drive listed as one of the devices, or if it has a yellow diamond with an exclamation point (!), contact Plextor Technical Support. (See Appendix B: Technical Support for the different ways you can contact us.)
Section 6. Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What's the difference between "double layer" and "dual layer"? A: Nothing, really. It's simply a difference of opinion within the industry about how to label media and drive capabilities. DVD+R DL (as named by the DVD+RW Alliance) stands for DVD+R Double Layer. DVD-R DL (from the DVD Forum) stands for DVD-R Dual Layer. Whether your DL media is labeled "double layer" or "dual layer," the PX-750 can handle it. Q: What is recommended media? A: Recommended media are recordable or rewritable CD and DVD media that have been tested by Plextor and found to operate well consistently, from one manufacturing lot to another. For each drive, Plextor engineers test media from many different manufacturers and manufacturing facilities, creating a recommended media list and determining the optimum write strategy for that particular media type. The results are listed as recommended media, and are also assembled into a media catalog and stored in firmware in Plextor drives. (See the Plextor web site at www.plextor.com for a list of recommended media for the PX-750.) From time to time, the media catalog is updated with new manufacturers and part numbers as Plextor tests additional media. When this happens, Plextor makes new drive firmware available. You can download this new firmware and update your drive. Q: In the list of Recommended Media, whats the difference between rated, compatible, and recommended speeds? A: Rated is the manufacturers rated write speed for the media; its what you see on the box. Compatible is a looser term that indicates the maximum safe writing speed according to the manufacturer. Recommended is the Plextor-recommended speed for ensuring topquality writing using this media. Plextor tests media and enters the compatible and recommended speeds into the drives media catalog.
For example, 8X-rated media listed as 12X writing recommended and 16X compatible indicates the manufacturer believes this 8X-rated media can be written at 16X. Plextor factory testing has determined you will achieve the highest quality write at 12X. Plextors testing also indicates you can write this media at 16X and still achieve good quality, although perhaps not as high as at the recommended speed. Just because the vendor rates a disc for a certain speed doesn't mean that the disc will give you a high-quality write at that speed. However, the PoweRec technology in your Plextor drive ensures you will write at the highest possible speed that still achieves high quality. Q: What are the transfer rates for the different PX-750UF interfaces? A: Different interfaces have different maximum transfer rates. The following table compares the transfer rates for the different interfaces.
Digital Audio Output Connector Mode Jumper
Dimensions and Weight, PX-750A Internal ATAPI Drive
Dimensions (W/H/D) (including front bezel) Weight 5.75" x 1.67" x 6.69" 146 mm x 42.5 mm x 170.0 mm
< 1.76 lbs. (800 g)
Host Interface, PX-750A Internal ATAPI Drive
Type PIO Transfers Multiword DMA Transfers Ultra DMA Transfers ATAPI Command Set Inquiry string ATA/ATAPI Modes 0-4 Modes 0-2
Modes 0-2 ATA-6, MMC-3 PLEXTOR sp DVDR sp sp sp PX-750A sp sp (where sp is one space)
Safety, Laser, and EMC Standards, PX-750A Internal ATAPI Drive
Country/ Region USA Type Safety Laser EMC Safety Safety Laser EMC EMC Agency CSA FDA FCC CSA CE CE CE BSMI Standard CSA 622.2 No. 60950-1-03; UL No. 60950-1 CDRH Class 1 FCC Part 15B Class B CSA 22.2 No. 60950-1 EN60950-1 EN60825-1 EN50022 Class B
Specifications for PX-750UF External USB/FireWire Drive
Minimum System Requirements, PX-750UF External USB/FireWire Drive
Computer Minimum RAM Hard Disk Size Pentium 4, 1.4-GHz or equivalent; or Power Macintosh G3 or later (G4 or higher recommended) 256 MB 1 GB of free space to write to a CD in image mode, or 10 GB of free space to create DVD images. (For more accurate guidelines, see the help files or documentation for the recording software youre using.) USB 1.1 or 2.0 supported IEEE 1394/FireWire supported (On-board USB 2.0 or IEEE 1394/FireWire controller suggested) PC: Windows XP or 2000 Macintosh: Mac OS X
Front Panel, PX-750UF External USB/FireWire Drive
Eject Disc/Busy Indicator Disc Loading Eject button; manual emergency eject; software eject Steady green when reading disc Blinking green when writing to disc Auto
Rear Panel, PX-750UF External USB/FireWire Drive
DC 12V Connector (Power Supply) Power Consumption (Typical) Current Typical standby current Typical DVD read current (at max speed) Typical CD read current (at max speed) Typical DVD write current (at max speed) Typical CD write current (at max speed) Typical pause current Peak current Power Switch 1394-USB Switch IEEE 1394 Connectors AC 100~240V, 50/60 Hz
USB 300 mA 1300 mA 1000 mA 1700 mA 1300 mA 1300 mA 2600 mA
IEEE mA 1300 mA 1000 mA 1700 mA 1300 mA 1300 mA 2600 mA
Turns power on and off. Power OFF is O; power ON is |. Interface switch: switches the PX-750UF drive to operate with a different interface (USB or IEEE 1394) 4-pin and 6-pin connectors for attaching an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) cable. Does not provide bus power. Use only the FireWire cable shipped with your PX750UF. Connector for attaching USB cable. Does not provide bus power. Use only the USB cable shipped with your PX-750UF. You can connect to a USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 interface.
All drives returned to PLEXTOR must be securely packaged and shipped postage prepaid. The drive will be returned to the customer at Plextors expense when originating within the United States. For a drive originating outside of the United States, the customer is responsible for shipping costs in both directions.
NOTE: Warranty validity is limited to that applicable in the location where the drive was originally purchased.
If Youre Outside the U.S. or Canada
Note that the warranty and RMA policy only apply to the United States and Canada. If you are in South America, contact your dealer or reseller for all warranty and RMA claims.
audio 34 cable select, replacing 18 digital audio 28 IDE 28, 31 IDE/ATA 11 identifying 44 IEEE 1394 42, 44 MPC 34 power 19, 28 Sound Blaster 34 SPDIF 34 USB 38, 39, 42, 44 cable connections, PX-750A 32 cable select 15, 26, 27, 80 cable for 18 configuring PX-750A for 27 identifying 18 master 18 PX-750A installation 26 setting mode jumper 20 signal 27 slave 18 using 80-conductor Plextor cable for 18 CD formats supported 69 reading speed 73 recording modes 69 write methods 69 CD cleaning disc, dont use 8, 55 CD reading speed 73 CD+G 5 CD-DA reading speed 2 CD-R compatibility 4 media 48 reading speed 2 writing 52
ac adapter 39 connecting 38, 42 using with PX-750UF 38 access time 76 achieving best performance, PX750A 22, 23 analog audio cable 28, 33, 34 output connector 10, 33, 34, 80 ATAPI command set 81, 84 audio analog 10, 80 digital 34, 80
bay cover panel 29 black tray 3 blue book 70 box contents PX-750A 11 PX-750UF 39 buffer 4, 78 Buffer Underrun Proof Technology 4
cable 40-conductor IDE 11, 17 80-conductor IDE/ATA 11, 16, 17 80-conductor IDE/ATA required 11, 65 analog audio 28
writing speed 2, 75 CD-R/RW software 6 CD-ROM, playing 48 CD-RW compatibility 4 high speed 75 media 48 normal speed 75 reading speed 2 ultra speed 75 writing 52 writing speed 2, 75 CD-TEXT 5 cleaning disc 50 cleaning your drive 55 precautions 8, 55 closing tray 50 compatibility CD-R 4 CD-RW 4 DVD 4 DVD+R 65 DVD+RW 65 computer, minimum PX-750A 5, 79 PX-750UF 5, 82 configuration cable select 27 PX-750A minimum 5, 79, 82 types of IDE 16 connecting multiple IEEE 1394/FireWire devices 45 connection digital audio 80 sound board and 34 connector analog audio output 10, 33, 80 digital audio 10, 33 IDE interface 11, 31, 80 IEEE 1394 37, 83 power 11, 38 USB 38, 83
connectors and jumpers PX-750A rear-panel 10, 79, 80 PX-750UF rear-panel 37, 83 controls, front-panel PX-750A 9, 79 PX-750UF 35, 82 cover panel, bay 29 CSEL See cable select
daisy-chain, dont 45 data buffer 78 data connector 84 DC 12V connector 38, 42, 83 digital audio 34 digital audio output 80 connector 10, 33, 34, 80 Digital-In connector 10, 33, 34, 80 dimensions, PX-750A 3, 80 dimensions, PX-750UF 84 disc cleaning 50 labels 50 loading 79, 82 disc tray 36 disc/busy indicator 9, 36, 79, 82 blink rate 53 color 53, 79, 82 DMA support 81 double layer side writing speed 2 drive, recognizing in Windows 62 DVD compatibility 4 formats compared 65 formats supported 4, 69 media 47 playing 51 reading speed 72
ultra speed CD-RW 48 memory, minimum 5, 79, 82 minimum cable connections, PX750A 28 minimum computer 5, 79, 82 minimum configuration 5, 79, 82 minimum RAM 5, 79, 82 MMC-3 command set 3 mode jumper 11, 80 changing 20, 21 setting 19 motherboard BIOS setup program 63 mounting position 28, 51, 77 mounting PX-750A 28, 29 mounting rails 30 MPC-compliant audio cable 34 MTBF 78
Nero 52 noise specification 77 normal speed CD-RW media 48 write speed 48, 75
OPC See optimum power control opening the computer 14 operating system 5 PX-750A 79 PX-750UF 82 optimum power control 5 optional cable connections, PX750A 28 orange book 5, 70
packing for shipment 89
PIO support 81 playing DVD 51 plug and play, support for 3 position, mounting 28, 51, 77 power cable 19 connecting cable 32 connector 38, 83 connector, PX-750A 11, 79, 80 supply 83 switch 38, 42 power indicator 36, 84 PoweRec 67 precautions 7 primary IDE port 15 PX-750A achieving best performance 22, 23 cable connections 32 configuration examples 22 connectors and jumpers, rearpanel 10 contents of box 11 controls, front-panel 9 determining IDE configuration for 15 dimensions 3, 80 host interface 81 inquiry string 81 installation 9, 14, 24, 25 installation examples 22 installation, cable select 26 interface 3, 5, 79 minimum computer 79 minimum configuration 79, 82 mode jumper 19 mounting 28 operating system 5, 79 optional cable connections 28 power requirements 79, 80 quickstart installation 13
rear-panel connectors 10, 79, 80 selecting IDE configuration 22 system requirements 79, 82 weight 80 PX-750UF contents of box 39 dimensions 84 host interface 84 inquiry string 84 interface 82 minimum computer 82 operating system requirement 82 power requirements 83 rear-panel connectors 83 weight 84 PX-750UF installation 35 Macintosh 46 Windows 42
rear-panel connectors PX-750A 10 PX-750UF 37 recognizing the PX-750 drive in Windows 62 recommended media 66, 71 definition 66 recording modes CD 69 DVD 4, 69 DVD-RAM 69 red book 70 region code 51, 78 regional setting 51, 78 reliability 78 returns 12, 39, 89 RMA number 12, 89, 90 ROPC See running optimum power control Roxio 6, 52 running optimum power control 5
questions, frequently asked 65 quickstart installation, PX-750A 13
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