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Pioneer DVD A05SZ

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Pioneer DVD A05SZ - DVD-ROM drive - internal - 16x - 5.25" - IDE

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      19.04.2001 22:38
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      Hello¡I don´t have a good opinion from this DVD player,cuase I bought it three weeks ago,and it is broken,but I know that this DVD player is a good selection,if you wanna see good films in your personal computer. This DVD player is the festest DVD-ROM drive now available (i think). With a velocity of 16X and a data transfer of 21 MB/s,i think that no other DVD-ROM drive can be better than the pionner. It is fast and easy to access to your data and this version can read DVD´s as well as CD´s. It can read a lot of tipe of cd´s: -CD-R -CD-RW -CD-DA -CD-ROM XA -Video CD -CD-EXTRA -CD-TEXT It weight is very small too, only 1 KG. Talking about the price 122£,very low price,what do you think?If you think that is tha lastes DVD ROM hardware the price is very good. In conclusion,we can say that this is the better DVD ROM that you can find in the market at the moment,this drive represents the latest in DVD-ROM technology. Thanks for read my opinion.Grettings.

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        18.09.2000 03:53
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        Yes i was the one with more money than sense. I hold my hands up .I bought the original creative encore single speed dvd drive. The drive and Mpeg decoder card had done good work over the years and it was with a tear in my eye that i said goodbye when it stopped reading DVD ROMS. My main requirements for a new drive was that it should be faster than 10 speed (the pioneer is 16 speed)and that it should be able to read different region DVD'S even if it needed a firmware upgrade. The Pioneer fitted that bill nicely. £112 secured me a OEM drive which came with no instuctions of any kind but it did have a bag of 4 screws.Fitting it into my system was no problem so i set it to master on my secondary IDE port with my Mitsumi RW set to slave on my Asus AV7 motherboard. Windows 98SE detected the drive with no problems and i switched on the DMA support which is working fine. The next thing is not for the faint of heart so be warned. DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU ARE NOT CONFIDENT ABOUT FIRMWARE UPGRADING IF IT GOES WRONG YOUR DRIVE IS SCRAP!!! I obtained a version of the Pioneer firmware that sets the drive to region 0 this means that the only thing stopping you from playing different region software is your software MPEG Decoder which can be change with another program called DVDGenie. I followed the instructions with the region 0 firmware which reprogrammed the drive. I loaded on PowerDVD my MPEG decoder software which apparently is the only software decoder to work with the region 0 firmware at the moment and put in my beloved region 1 copy of John Carpenters the Thing. The drive spun up (quite a noise for a short while) and then proceeded to play my DVD YAHOO!! Its speed is amazing after my Creative drive and it has performed well with its Slot instead of tray design.Every CD, DVD , CDR and CDRW i've thrown at it has worked flawlessly. So in summary it's a cutting edge drive with a very fast read time for both CDROM and DVD.If you want the fastest DVD drive this is it but if your happy with a slower drive the Pioneers price may be a little too much for you.

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          17.09.2000 17:12
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          I decided that it was time I got something to play DVD's on. As im from the UK , but dont mind ordering DVD's from the USA I thought id make sure I got a good multiregion drive. This drive has multiregion firmware avalible on the net, so you can flash upgrade it to be able to play any DVD in the world. It's a fairly simple, painless process and only needs to be done once. The actual drive is very fast, Its more than capable of playing anything the software decoder can handle. Its a bit noisy, this is probably because although the slot has hairs covering it it dosent block all the air / noise as well as a piece of plastic would. This isnt a reall problem, and the drive spins down to a much quieter rate fairly quickly. Ihave had no problems at all with this drive and would definatly recomend it. You might however want to cosider wether the extra speed is worth paying for, as it dosent really matter for movies and there are currently few DVD software titles avalible

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            13.09.2000 05:37
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            The first I'd heard of this 16x DVD 40x CDROM slot-loading drive was in an earlier form as the 10x 40x drive reviewed in an old issue of PC Format. I then spent months hmmm-ing and haa-ing over whether or not to upgrade my old Matsui 12x CDROM. By the time I'd finally made up my mind, Pioneer had released the 16x model at the same entry price as the 10x model. So I went for it. I bought the OEM model from CCL Computers, which cost me just over £100. When it was delivered I unwrapped it. The software bundle with the retail version include Baldurs Gate, and the X files game, but the OEM model comes with nothing, not even a driver disk, although all drivers are available on the Pioneer web site, and you don't really need drivers for Windows operations – only if you go into DOS. Installation was unbelievably easy, with the cover off, you just unscrew the mounting screws, disconnect the IDE, power and soundcard cables (the Pioneer has both analogue and digital sound outputs for your soundcard), slide out your old CDROM drive, slide the DVD drive in, replace the already installed cables (yes, your old ones will work) and replace the mounting screws. Replace your cover, switch the machine on, and marvel at the speed at which your CD's load software! There's not really much more I can add to this - data transfer speeds are high. The literature quotes rates of around 21MB/s, although I don't know if this is a theoretical maximum, or an average. Average Random Seek and Access times are around 85 or 95 milliseconds. In real terms what this means is installing or copying large amounts of data is noticeably faster than with my old 12x CDROM drive, which is expected as it is over 3 times as quick. Obviously, with the DVD ROM capacity being a lot higher than a CD (4GB compared to 650MB for a standard CD) so DVD's - especially those on the front of computer magazines, can hold much more. The drive it self can be mounted horizontally or vertically, and the nice slot loading mechanism closes a door (behind the bristles - so you don't notice) to stop you trying to insert a disc when there is already one inside. Admittedly, I haven't tried playing DVD movies on it yet, but after months of use, it has recognised every single CD, CD-R and DVD that I've inserted, which is a damn sight more than my old CD drive! Pioneer say that the drive is capable of reading single and dual layer DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM and Audio CD's. In fact the only format not supported is DVD-RAM. ***Update*** I've finally gotten around to installing some software DVD players, and watched a few movies. Installation was as easy as any other piece of software, and on my AMD K6-2 500Mhz system, the films were very watchable with no real problems even though I am questioning the performance level of my computer these days. even more reasons to recommend this piece of kit, although you may want to offset the smaller screen (but better picture quality) with watching movies with a "proper" DVD player and a big telly.

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            This is the fastest DVD-ROM drive available. The DVD-A05SZ features up to 16X data transfer rate (21MB/s), average random seek time of 85ms and random access time of 95ms for DVD's. All built in half height format with Pioneers well tested slot-in mechanism enabling safe, fast and easy access to your data. Available in ATAPI version and able to read CD's as well as DVD's (except DVD-RAM) this drive represents the latest in DVD-ROM technology.