Microgem MG8EDVDRWA User Manual


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DVD+/ R

MG8EDVDRWA

DVD

WRITE

Maximum

8x

DVD

REWRITE

Maximum

4x

CD

WRITE

Maximum

24x

S

AFETY

I

NSTRUCTIONS

1.

Please read these safety instructions carefully.

2.

Please keep this User’s Manual for your reference.

3.

Please disconnect the equipment from your AC outlet before cleaning.

Do not use liquid or sprayed detergent for cleaning.

Use moist sheet or cloth for cleaning.

4.

For pluggable equipment, the socket-outlet shall be installed near the equipment and shall be easily accessible.

5.

Please keep this equipment away from humid areas.

6.

Install this equipment on a reliable surface. If the equipment is not on a reliable surface, it may drop and cause injury.

7.

The openings on the enclosure are for air convection. Please protect the equipment from overheating . DO NOT COVER THE OPENINGS.

8.

Make sure the voltage of the power source is appropriate when connecting the equipment to the power outlet.

9.

Place the power cord where people will not step or trip on it. Do not place objects over the power cord.

10.

All Cautions and Warnings on the equipment should be noted.

11.

If the equipment is not in use for several days, disconnect the equipment from the power outlets to avoid damage by transient power surges.

12.

Never pour any liquids into the openings, this could cause fire or electrical shock.

13.

Never open the equipment. For safety reasons, the equipment should only be opened by qualified service personnel.

14.

If one of the following situations arises, get the equipment checked by a service personnel:

(a) The power cord or plug is damaged.

(b) Liquid has penetrated into the equipment.

(c) The equipment has been exposed to moisture.

(d) The equipment has not worked well or you can not get it to work according to the user’s manual.

(e) The equipment was dropped and damaged.

(f) If the equipment has obvious signs of damage.

15.

DO NOT LEAVE THIS EQUIPMENT IN AN ENVIRONMENT UNCONDITIONED;

STORAGE TEMPERATURE ABOVE 60 ℃ (140 ℉ ), IT MAY DAMAGE THE

EQUIPMENT. The sound pressure level at the operators position according to IEC704-

1:1982 is equal or less than 70dB(A)

16.

DANGER: Invisible laser radiation when opened. Avoid direct exposure to beam.

Complies with FDA radiation performance standards,21 CFR, subchapter J.

Laser power: Wave Length:783±3nm (CD); 658±3nm (DVD)

Emission power:0.7mW

Laser diode: class 3b

17.

The power adapters (L.P.S.) can be used for the product are as listing:

(a) Asian Power Devices Inc. Type WA-10E05U-AD-S10.

(b) Asian Power Devices Inc. Type WA-10E05G-AC-EX0.

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P

RECAUTIONS

!! Do not attempt to open the drive and service it. Removing the cover may cause exposure to harmful laser beams and electrical voltage. User is recommended to get service by returning the defective drive back to the original vendor where the drive was purchased.

Use the original package for transporting the drive or sending back for service. The original packing was designed and tested to protect your drive under rough conditions.

Do not put this drive in direct sunlight, on heating units, or near electrical appliances which draw large amounts of current.

Use a soft, dust-free cloth for cleaning your drive. Keep your drive away from moisture or liquids including water, cleaning-fluids, or solvents.

Keep your disc clean. Using a soft, dust-free cloth to clean the surface of the disc before recording will improve the burning data integrity.

Do not drop or jolt the drive.

Keep the area around the drive clean from dust, smoke, and other contaminants.

The copyright law of each country governs the reproduction of copyrighted works. The person using the drives may be liable for its use to make unauthorized copies of copyrighted works.

It will increase the success rate for copying the data from HDD, instead of copying the data by "copy on the fly mode". Therefore we recommend the user reserving sufficient buffer space for creating an image file (at least 650MB for CD; 5GB for DVD; and if your drive support Double Layer DVD+R writing, then at least 9GB space is needed).

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T

ABLE OF

C

ONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

What the DVD Writer Does…………………………………………4

F o r m a t C o m p a t i b i l i t y … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 4

R e c o r d i n g M o d e s … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 5

What You Can Do with t he DVD Writer……………………………5

System Configuration

System Requirements for USB 1.1……………………………………6

Additional Requirements for USB 2.0…………………………………6

Features and Controls

F r o n t V i e w … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 7

R e a r V i e w … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 7

INSTALLATION

USB 2.0 Users

Installing USB Driver for Windows 98SE………………………………8

Connection …………………………………………………………………….

9

Installing the Drive ……………………………………………………....

10

OPERATION

Tray Loading and Operation

To Insert a Disc into the Drive…………………………………………11

To Remove a Disc from the Drive………………………...……………………11

Recording CDs & DVDs

A b o u t S o f t w a r e & M a n u a l s … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 1 2

Playing CDs & DVDs

P l a y b a c k S o f t wa r e … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 1 3

T h e F i r s t T im e t o P l a y D V D s … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … 1 3

TROUBLESHOOTING

R e a d P r o b l e m s … … … … … … … … . . . … … … … … … … … … … … … … 1 4

Writ e Problems………………… …………….……………… …………15

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I

NTRODUCTION

Thank you for purchasing this DVD Writer, a reliable, high-performance recordable DVD and

CD writer, rewriter and player. Please read this manual carefully and keep it handy for easy reference. Use the manual for installation, operation and troubleshooting for this drive.

What the DVD Writer Does

The DVD Writer is a recordable DVD/CD-ReWritable drive that provides professional quality

DVD and CD performance for writing, rewriting and reading. It also reads Digital Versatile

Discs (DVDs) formatted for movies and data. This versatile and remarkable drive can:

For DVDs

z

Write DVD+R (recordable DVD) media. z

* Write Double Layer DVD+R (recordable DVD+R9) media. z Write DVD+RW (re-writable DVD) media. z

Write DVD-R (recordable DVD) media. z

Write DVD-RW (re-writable DVD) media. z

Read DVD (DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD+R9) discs.

For CDs

z

Write to CD-R (recordable CD) media. z Write to ultra-speed CD-RW (rewritable CD) media. z

Read all CD-ROM and CD-R data media. z

Read CD-RW and CD-DA (audio) media.

(NOTE: The drive’s maximum Writing, ReWriting & Reading speeds are printed on the original box. *Only when your drive supports Double Layer DVD+R writing, it can write DVD+R9 media.)

The drive supports Running OPC (ROPC) and is compatible with Windows Plug & Play.

Flash memory allows upgrading the drive to the latest firmware revision (available from the web site) without opening the drive. Buffer Underrun Proof technology eliminates buffer underrun errors, therefore you can safely use your computer for other things while you’re writing to a recordable DVD and CD media.

Format Compatibility

This DVD Writer is a versatile optical disk drive. For CD write function, it is capable to write data, which conforms to Orange Book: Part 2 CD-R Volume 1 / Part 2 CD-R Volume 2 Multi

Speed / Part 3 CD-RW Volume 1 (known as Low Speed) / Part 3 CD-RW Volume2: High

Speed / Part3 CD-RW Volume 3: Ultra Speed, into CD-R/RW disk in combination with write application software. For DVD write function, this drive confirms to DVD+R Version 1.2 /

DVD+R9 Version 1.0 (only for a Double Layer DVD+R writing support drive) / DVD+RW

Version 1.11 / DVD-R Recordable Disc Part1 Ver2.0 / and DVD-RW Re-recordable Disc

Part1 Ver.1.0. For read function, it is capable to read all of the following media: DVD single/dual layer (PTP, OPT), DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW. Besides, it reads all of CD formats and media: CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, Photo-CD, Multi-session,

Karaoke-CD, Video CD, CD-I FMV, CD Extra, CD Plus, CD-R, and CD-RW.

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Recording Modes

Track at Once

Data can be recorded to a disc, one track at a time. New tracks can be added later. Music CDs can not be played in a CD player or CD-ROM until the disc is closed.

Disc at Once

Data can be recorded to an entire disc in one pass. In this mode, new data added later is not allowed.

Session at Once

Data can be recorded to disc one session at a time. New sessions can be written later in this mode. More disc space can be used because there is no gap between tracks.

Multi session

Data can be recorded to disc in one session. New sessions can be written later in this mode.

Less disc space can be used because a gap is created between sessions.

Packet Writing

This is useful for data back up. Data can be added directly to tracks on media or can be deleted directly from tracks only on media. To use this mode, your software must support Packet writing function.

What You Can Do with the DVD Writer

z

Record digital video or slide shows onto DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, and DVD-

RW discs. z *A Double Layer DVD+R writing support drive will be able to write DVD+R9 disc. z

Play DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, and DVD-RW discs. z

Record data or audio onto recordable or rewritable CD media. z

Play music CDs. z

Play VCD & DVD movies. z Access interactive reference materials stored on DVD. z

Save photos and other images on recordable or rewritable CDs. z

Archive images and video to DVD or CD. z

Master new software programs on DVD or CD.

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S

YSTEM

C

ONFIGURATION

System Requirements for USB 1.1

This drive has a high-speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 interface. You can also use it with

USB version 1.1. To ensure stable read/write/rewrite performance, an IBM compatible PC system with the following features is recommended.

CPU

OS

Memory

CD-ROM Drive

Hard Drive

Pentium III 450 or faster with built-in USB 1.1 controller

(some USB controllers or motherboards may not support all types of

USB devices.)

Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP

Must meet recommended RAM requirements for your operating system. (minimum 128MB is recommended)

For software installation

Minimum 650MB available capacity for creating a CD image file;

5GB free HDD space for creating a DVD image file to a Single Layer

DVD disc (4.7GB); *and 9GB or above free HDD space for creating a

DVD image file to a Double Layer DVD+R disc (8.5GB).

(Do not enable HDD thermal calibration during operation)

NOTE :

(1) Connecting USB 1.1 interface the drive

’ s top performance is 4X for CD-R, 4X for CD-RW and 6X for reading a CD-ROM. In addition, DVD speed is limited to 0.7X. Therefore, we strongly suggest you NOT to apply any DVD function when connected with USB 1.1 interface.

(2) Some high-speed hard drives are equipped with an "Auto Thermal Re-calibration" function. Please disable it in the BIOS setup to avoid writing errors (Buffer Under-run).

Additional Requirements for USB 2.0

Interface High Speed USB 2.0 interface required to achieve maximum speeds

NOTE :

(1) High Speed USB 2.0 adapter card is sold separately and will not be bundled in this package.

(2) To achieve maximum record/write speed your system may require data to be copied first to the computer's hard drive rather than directly from another source disc or drive.

*Check the original box to see if your drive supports writing to a

Double Layer DVD+R disc.

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F

EATURES AND

C

ONTROLS

Front View

Figure: Front view of slot-in type drive

A

Busy / Write LED Indication of drive's operation status. The light lit stands for

Busy; the light blinking stands for Write/Rewrite.

Push button to eject the disc.

B

Eject Button

C

Disc Slot The slot to insert the disc in.

Rear View

Figure: Rear view of the Drive

A

Power Connector For DC power input.

B

USB Connector Mini type USB B type jack.

Note: Because the bundled USB cable and Power adapter are designed for this drive, please connect ONLY using those accessories bundled in this package. Accessories other than those bundled may cause fatal damage to this drive.

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I

NSTALLATION

USB2.0 Users

USB 2.0 is a very new technology. Therefore, most computers do not have native support for

USB 2.0. You must install a USB 2.0 adapter card for your External drive to run at USB 2.0 speeds. If you do not have a USB 2.0 card installed, this drive will still work connected to a standard USB 1.1 connection, but the speed will be limited to USB 1.1 speed. After installing a USB 2.0 adapter card, follow the steps below for your operating system to verify the USB

2.0 card is installed properly.

Windows® 98SE/ME users:

Right click My Computer and select Properties.

Select the Device Manager tab.

If there is a yellow exclamation point next to Universal Serial Bus Controllers, contact the card’s manufacturer for help.

Windows® 2000/XP users:

Right click My Computer and select Properties.

Select the hardware tab.

Click the Device Manager button.

If there is a yellow exclamation point next to Universal Serial Bus Controllers, contact the card’s manufacturer for help.

Instructions on Installing the USB Driver for Windows 98SE:

This USB drive is a Plug&Play USB storage device. If you are using any of the following

Operating Systems: such as Windows ME, Windows 2000, and Windows XP, all you need to do is plug it to your computer properly. Then the drive is ready to use.

Whereas, a PC using the Windows 98SE OS will not recognize this USB drive if you are installing this drive for the first time. Therefore, you will need to install a driver into your computer for this USB drive to properly install to your computer.

You can find the USB driver for Windows 98SE OS either in the included Floppy Disc or in the USB driver for Windows 98 OS directory of the Burning Software kit. Please follow your

OS instructions to install the driver for this USB drive, then restart your computer.

CAUTION:

Please limit your CD recording speed to 4X or 8X if your computer is only equipped with a slower speed USB1.1 interface or if your PCMCIA port does NOT support Card Bus interface.

Attempting high speed writing with a slow interface can cause frequent buffer overloading and writing pauses (when the Busy LED is blinking) that could adversely affect recording quality.

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C

ONNECTION

9

I

NSTALLING THE

D

RIVE

Before you start, please make sure you have installed the proper software for Recording CDs, DVDs and Playing DVDs. The Recording software and the DVD Playback software are in different CD kits included in the package.

1.

Start your computer. Wait for the operating system to load, then insert the CD kit.

Follow the instructions on the screen to install the software for Recording CDs,

DVDs or Playing DVDs you wish to install from the CD kit.

2.

Connect the power supply to the drive.

(To prevent damage to the power plug, connect carefully to avoid bending the power plug.)

3.

Attach the included Hi-Speed USB cable mini B type plug to the drive.

(Examine the connection carefully for the correct orientation.)

4.

Connect the A type plug end of the Hi-Speed USB cable to the USB 2.0 adapter card connection on your computer. The drive is ready to use.

(NOTE: The green power light on top of the drive will come on only when both of the power supply and USB cable are connected properly.)

(NOTE: If you cannot identify the USB 2.0 connection, refer to the documentation of your USB 2.0 card. If you do not have a USB 2.0 adapter card installed, you can still connect the drive to a standard USB 1.1 connection.)

5.

Special notes for Windows 98SE user.

If this is the first time you are installing this USB drive to your Windows 98SE (Second

Edition) Operating System, you will have to install a USB driver for your Windows

98SE. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the USB driver properly, then restart your computer. (For more details, please refer to the USB 2.0 Users page.)

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O

PERATION

Operate your drive only in a horizontal position. If you operate it in a vertical orientation, you may damage the disc or the drive if the drive falls over.

To Insert a Disc into the Drive

1.

While the external drive is powered, push the eject button on the front panel to check whether a disc is inside the drive or not. The disc slides out in a few seconds if it is inside the drive.

2.

Hold the disc by the center hole and the disc edge with your fingers (the disc label side is facing up.) Properly insert the disc edge into the disc slot on the front panel, push the disc into the drive with your thumb, then the disc will automatically slide into the drive and get ready.

Note: Do not attach paper labels to the disc. Attaching a label to the disc may create an imbalance. This will result in reading or writing errors. And the disc with paper labels may easily be stuck in the drive.

To Remove a Disc from the Drive

1.

Push the eject button on the front panel, and the disc will slide out from the disc slot in a few seconds.

2.

Hold the disc by the center hole and the disc edge with your fingers, and then draw out the disc from the disc slot.

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R

ECORDING

CD

S

& DVD

S

Before you start, please make sure you have installed the proper software for

Recording CDs, DVDs and Playing DVDs. The Recording software and the DVD

Playback software are in different CD kits included in the package.

About Software & Manuals

The included software is to give you the best result with ease of use. The detailed user’s manual for the recording and playback software will be automatically installed into your computer when you install the recording software. For details on other software packages that are available for writing DVDs or CDs, please visit the web sites of the companies whose software you are interested in, refer to their user’s manual, or look at the help option within the software. Please refer to the user’s manual for the detailed operation procedures.

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P

LAYING

CD

S

& DVD

S

This drive will not work alone while applying CDs & DVDs Playback!!

The Playback function can only work when the USB Cable between the drive and your PC is well connected.

Playback Software

You must install the DVD playback software to your computer first. If you do not have any

DVD playback software installed in your computer, the included DVD playback software in the CD kit will bring you the best playback result.

You can immediately play Audio CDs and pre-recorded DVD discs, including movies and other DVDs. To play a CD or a Digital Video Disc (DVD), insert the disc with the label up

(for CDs). This drive plays both single-layer and dual-layer DVDs.

The First Time to Play DVDs

A code on some DVDs allows them to be played only in a certain regional area, such as North

America, Europe, etc. When the drive ships, there is no region code set. The first time a

DVD that has a region setting is inserted into the drive, the act of inserting the DVD sets the drive to that region code.

If you later insert a DVD with a different region code, you are prompted to either accept changing the region code or not. If you do not accept the change, then that DVD will not play.

If you do accept the change, then the drive’s region code setting is changed. But remember: you may change the drive’s region code only 5 times. After that, you will not be able to change your drive’s code setting.

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T

ROUBLESHOOTING

If you meet any trouble during installation or normal use of your drive, please refer to the following information.

Read Problems

No operation.

No drive recognition.

Excessive noise when reading.

Cannot open the tray

(Eject). y y

Cannot read the former session of the CD-RW disc which has been written at least twice.

Read error occurs.

No power.

USB cable isn't connected properly. y Check if the power cord is connected securely to the connector. y

Ensure that the USB cable and connectors are not damaged, bent or dented. Check especially the pins.

Power is not switched on. y

Check if LED of your drive is lit. If not, there is no power.

USB cable is not connected properly between the computer USB port and the drive. y

Ensure that both connectors of the USB cable is properly connected to the USB ports on the computer and the drive.

USB drive is not recognized by the Windows Operating

System. y Please refer to the USB 2.0 Users chapter and check if the USB driver is installed properly.

Eccentric disc loaded. y Replace it with another one.

Seal attached on the surface y Detach the seal very carefully. Don't make any scratches.

Eject locked by software.

CD set incorrectly.

"Load Contents" or "Import

Session" was NOT clicked on the Software.

Defective disc. y Stop the applying software and try the eject button to open the tray. y

Insert a small stick or paper clip into this hole to eject the tray. y

If recorded without checked "Load

Contents" or "Import Session", it is impossible to read. But when using utility software such as "Session

Selection" from Adaptec, the former session can be read. y

Deep scratches, fingerprints or other contaminants on the discs surface can disable the drive from reading data.

Always keep it clean.

Music CD inserted. y Because audio compact discs do not have computer data, typing computer commands while an audio CD is in your drive will result in an error message.

Disc inserted upside down. y Remove the disc from tray and reinsert it with the label side up.

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Write Problems

Cannot write.

Writing errors occur

(Buffer under-runs). y y

Using other authoring software which does not support your drive. y

Use the authoring software provided with the drive. When using other software, ensure your drive is supported by contacting the software supplier.

Disc inserted upside down. y Reinsert the disc with label side up.

Short of Hard Disk capacity.

y Generally 1.2 to 2 times the size of the write data is required. This may vary according to the write method.

No power. y Check if the power cord is securely connected to the connector.

USB cable isn't connected properly. y

Network used.

Window screen saver activated while writing.

Other application running.

Short of PC memory. y Ensure that the USB cable and connectors are not damaged, bent or dented. Check especially the pins. y

When running saver or other applications or writing in a network environment, errors may occur due to lack of CPU resources in PC. y

Rewrite after log-off from the network. y Deactivate the screen saver or power saving mode. y Quit other applications other than the authoring software. y Due to shortage of main memory in PC, swapping of hard disc space may have occurred. If swapped, data from the hard disc may cut off causing buffer underruns. y Increase main memory capacity.

"Auto thermal recalibration" triggered. y Disable "Auto thermal re-calibration" in the BIOS setup. y Use another Hard Disk if can not disable it.

Defective DVD/CD media.

y DVD/CD media may be dirty, scratched or damaged. Rewrite on another

DVD/CD media.

No drive recognition.

Short of Hard Disk capacity.

y Generally 1.2 to 2 times the size of the write data is required. This may vary according to the write method.

USB cable is not connected properly between the computer USB port and the drive. y

Ensure that both connectors of the USB cable is properly connected to the USB ports on the computer and the drive.

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Can not write at highest speed.

USB drive is not recognized by the Windows Operating

System.

Using other authoring software not bundled with your drive. y Please refer to the USB 2.0 Users chapter and check if the USB driver is installed properly.

Using other authoring software which does not support your drive. y Use the authoring software provided with your drive. When using other software, ensure your drive is supported by contacting the software supplier. y

Use the highest speed compatible discs or write with lower speed.

DVD/CD media not compatible with highest speed.

Buffer under-run occurs. y

Refer to the "Buffer under-run" item.

Defective DVD/CD media.

y

DVD/CD media may be dirty, scratched or damaged. Rewrite on another

DVD/CD media. y Use the authoring software provided with your drive. When using other software, ensure your drive is supported by contacting the software supplier.

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