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CD burning on pre-Pentium systems?

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Reply 20 of 27, by Disruptor

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My friends have been so jealous because I could burn CDs while playing StarCraft on LAN partys on my K6-2/333.
Ok, I had a NCR/Symbios/LSI-Logic 875 SCSI controller, a 4 GB IBM SCSI HDD and a PlexWriter SCSI.

I think SCSI Busmaster could make the difference - even on a 486.

Reply 22 of 27, by Disruptor

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My 386 SX 20 does not have any problem burning image files in double speed.
Re: Post your 386 Speedsys results here
I use a PlexWriter SCSI.
Software is WinOnCD 3.7 on Windows 95B.

Reply 25 of 27, by Unknown_K

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I burned CDs on early Pentiums, even copies CDs on the fly from CD to CDR drive, but you needed them to be on SCSI BUS.

You probably could get away with using IDE drive and IDE burner if they were both master on separate IDE cables, DMA was enabled, and you didn't touch the keyboard while it copied.

I have burned CDs on my Mac IIfx (68030/40) using SCSI drives but the HD was on a Nubus FWB Jackhammer using 68 pin connector.

On the PC side discjuggler was used for funny ISOs with audio tracks.

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Reply 27 of 27, by darry

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With newer IDE drives with hardware support for buffer underrun protection (burnproof, etc), one could presumably use even the slowest 386 with CDRDAO under Linux to burn a CD .

In the heyday of the 486, SCSI was helpful due to CPU cycle saving DMA support .