Should I install CD-R writer myself?
Normally installation of drives is done at the factory since
CD-R writer installation concerns drive make, model, firmware
revision, parity, and SCSI address settings and SCSI termination.
But if you need to do a drive installation the following are
the general guidelines: Your SCSI bus must be terminated on
both ends and nowhere else. In the simplest case, your CD writer
is the only device on the bus, and the writer is terminated.
Termination is accomplished by using terminating resistors on
the CD writer, or on a connector at the end of the SCSI cable.
If you are going to add your writer to an existing SCSI bus,
you must terminate the writer if it is on the end of the bus
and disable termination if it is to be attached anywhere else.
Should I clean the inside of the writer myself?
If your CD-R writer does become dirty and begins to malfunction,
it can be cleaned. But do not try to clean it yourself, if you
are not experienced in drive or recorder cleaning. The lens
and prism are very delicate, and the electronics and cables
inside the drive are very susceptible to damage.
What is the proper way to handle CD writers?
CD writers are not as robust as floppy drives or CD-ROM drives.
The writing head can suffer from misalignment through rough
handling. The lenses and photodetectors in a CD writer are
very fragile and may not survive a lot of shock. You should
be gentle when handling CD writers.
Can I use cheap CD-Rs?
With high speed CD-R writers becoming more common the quality
of the blank media is more important. The cheap media usually
lacks the quality and uniformity of the better brands.
Can I mix CD-R media on a duplication run?
It is highly recommended that you not to mix CD-R brands for
your duplication jobs. You can use different brands for different
runs but do not use more than one brand of CD-R per run as
the laser calibration differences may cause the writers out