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Re: Combo DVD/CDRW drive

On Mon, 21 Oct 2002 22:54:44 +1000
Daniel Pittman <daniel@rimspace.net> wrote:

> On Mon, 21 Oct 2002, Luis Mendes wrote:
> > Thanks for your reply
> That's OK. I actually have a little more specific knowledge on one point
> now, too. :)
> >> > 2) which interface should I go for? they offer pcmcia 16 bit or 32
> >> > bit paralell, usb and firewire.
> >> 
> >> USB 1.1 devices (most laptops) have very slow connections -- you
> >> would be lucky to get 4x CD writing working.
> > 
> > They also have a USB 2 interface. Is this faster the USB 1.1 and would
> > it be supported in the newest kernels. 
> Quite. The hard part of USB 2, and also the reason that I didn't mention
> it, is that AFAIK there is *no* USB 2 hardware for a laptop available.
> None of them come with it built in, I am fairly certain, and I have not
> yet seen a PCMCIA form factor card for it...

Actually, I have seen PCMCIA USB 2 cards, at Best Buy.  So a USB 2 drive could
be a good choice.

> [...]
> >> I would suggest getting the Firewire device, because it's the best
> >> supported of them all, but read up on the 1394 support available at
> >> <http://linux1394.org/> first.
> > 
> > I had the suspicion this would be the best bet but in this case I
> > guess I need a firewire adapter since I don't have a firewire
> > connector in my laptop. Any sugestions here on any particular model?
> Ah. Every laptop I have owned for the last few years, and all the ones I
> remembered, did come with the hardware.
> OTOH the current 2.5.44 kernel does not identify my DVD burner
> correctly. So, the level of support varies from kernel to kernel.
> Similar stuff works stably, though.
> >> The 32bit PCMCIA is as good as a PCI card, performance wise, but you
> >> need to know if the card in question is supported by Linux PCMCIA
> >> first. Make sure you check that.
> > 
> > AMACOM says the 32 bit pcmcia interface is supported. I could not find
> > any information on freecom.
> Freecom seem to be pretty good, but I have no practical experience with
> either.
>         Daniel
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