Moisés Cardona https://moisescardona.me The site of Moisés Cardona Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:42:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 The M Way External DVD Drive Teardown https://moisescardona.me/the-m-way-external-dvd-drive-teardown/ https://moisescardona.me/the-m-way-external-dvd-drive-teardown/#respond Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:10:09 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=8573 Read More Read More

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Hi everyone,

In this post, I will be tearing down the M Way External DVD Drive.

This is a slim external CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo drive that can read and write CDs but can only read DVDs.

Let’s begin with the teardown.

First, we must remove 2 screws that are found on the back to open the drive enclosure:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 1

We can then open the enclosure:

We can see the DVD drive along with the board and USB Cable. We can also see that it seems that the USB cable is not actually soldered to the board.

Removing the DVD drive from the enclosure, we can see that the cable is in fact a Mini USB cable. This means the cable is not an actual USB 3.0 cable:

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The fact that the cable is not soldered to the board is good news for us since we could replace it if the original cable goes bad or we want to use another cable.

On the back of the drive, we can take a closer look at the USB board:

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Taking it off reveals a nice surprise:

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The board is a USB to PATA/IDE adapter. This is interesting and somewhat makes sense, since the drive is just a CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive, and back in the days, we could see tons of CD writers for laptops. It uses the Initio INIC-1511 IC.

Here, we can see the PATA/IDE conector of the drive:

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I decided to take off the sticker that it has on the top, revealing something more:

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The included TEAC DW-224E-C drive was manufactured in November 2005. This could mean they are recycling old DVD drives or using refurbished drives. If this is true, this is good news for the environment, since they are repurposing drives that are in working conditions.

Here, I have the original drive connected to my computer without the enclosure:

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Because the drive is basically an internal drive on an IDE to USB enclosure, we should be able to use it with other drives. I tested it with an old Optiarc AD-7561A drive. This drive is a CD/DVD writer with Lightscribe technology, which I haven’t used it for years:

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When I connected the drive to the board, and to the computer, it recognized it without any issues:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - Optiarc Device Manager

And here we can see its capabilities as reported by ImgBurn:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - Optiarc Capabilities

The Optiarc drive still works after a lot of years of not using it. This also means that we should be able to use other PATA/IDE drives with this particular USB board and exchange the original drive if it ever goes bad.

That’s basically it for this teardown. If you’re interested in getting this CD-RW/DVD drive, you can get it on Amazon here.

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PAQCompress v0.3.36 released https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-36-released/ https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-36-released/#respond Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:47:02 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=8567 Hi everyone,

Today, I have released PAQCompress v0.3.36:

PAQCompress v0.3.36

This release adds paq8pxd v74 and paq8pxd v75.

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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The M Way USB External DVD Drive https://moisescardona.me/the-m-way-usb-external-dvd-drive/ https://moisescardona.me/the-m-way-usb-external-dvd-drive/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:30:45 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=8524 Read More Read More

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Hi everyone,

In this post, I’ll show you the M Way USB External DVD Drive.

This is a slim External CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo drive, which is quite interesting, given that most units today are DVD writers. This one just reads and writes CD-R/RW, and reads DVD’s, but can’t write them.

The brand is unknown, too, but it was on sale a few days ago and decided to get one, just to have just in case one of my other drives goes bad. While CD/DVD usage has degraded over time, I do have music CD and I listen to them sometimes, so having a drive is handy to listen to them.

Unboxing

Let’s start with the box:

It is pretty colorful, and has a description of what it contains, as well as its features.

Opening the box we find the drive inside a bag:

We then find that the drive is wrapped in bubble wrap, and that there are some cards inside:

We can see that the faceplate of it is generic, with no CD or the actual DVD logo.

Taking off the bubble wrap, we see the DVD drive:

On the back, there is the USB cable:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - 10

The USB cable contains a USB-A 3.0 plug as well as a USB-C plug. Both can be used depending on the device you wish to use this DVD drive.

The documentation included is a manual, a thank you card, and another card telling to send an email to get a free 32GB USB drive.

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Once the drive is plugged in the PC, I’m able to open the tray:

The drive is detected as a TEAC DW-224E-C drive:

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The following is a screenshot of the capabilities of the drive as shown in ImgBurn:

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As we can see, it reads most major CD and DVD formats and can write CD-R and CD-RW. Interestingly, it reports that it can’t read double-layer DVD+/-R. I’ll need to test this to confirm if this is in fact true.

I tested the drive with my Music CD collection and it reads and plays them fine. This is really great, and will be my main usage for it.

You can get this External CD-RW/DVD Combo drive on Amazon here.

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PAQCompress v0.3.35 released https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-35-released/ https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-35-released/#respond Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:23:49 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=7086 Hi everyone,

Today, I have released PAQCompress v0.3.35:

PAQCompress v0.3.35

This release adds paq8pxd v73.

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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PAQCompress v0.3.34 released! https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-34-released/ https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-34-released/#respond Sat, 15 Feb 2020 14:13:35 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=5990 Hi everyone,

Today, I have released PAQCompress v0.3.34:

PAQCompress v0.3.34
PAQCompress v0.3.34

This release adds the following compressors:

  • paq8px v184
  • paq8px v185
  • paq8pxd v72

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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PAQCompress v0.3.33 released! https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-33-released/ https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-33-released/#respond Wed, 05 Feb 2020 03:10:53 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=5537 Hi everyone,

Today, I have released PAQCompress v0.3.33:

PAQCompress v0.3.33

This release adds paq8pxd v71.

You can download this release on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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PAQCompress v0.3.32 has been released! https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-32-has-been-released/ https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-32-has-been-released/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2020 00:29:43 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=5442 Hi everyone,

Today, I have released PAQCompress v0.3.32:

PAQCompress v0.3.32

This release adds paq8pxd v70.

You can download it on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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SVT-AV1 GUI v1.5 has been released! https://moisescardona.me/svt-av1-gui-v1-5-has-been-released/ https://moisescardona.me/svt-av1-gui-v1-5-has-been-released/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2020 15:09:08 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4625 Read More Read More

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Hi everyone,

Today, I have released SVT-AV1 GUI v1.5:

SVT-AV1 GUI v1.5 Main Window
SVT-AV1 GUI v1.5 Main Window

This new version moves the HME options to a new Advanced Options window and adds a new setting for specifying the GOP type:

SVT-AV1 GUI v1.5 Advanced Options
SVT-AV1 GUI v1.5 Advanced Options

By default, the GOP Type will be Closed which allows seeking in the video. SVT-AV1 uses the Open type by default and the resulting videos in the previous SVT-AV1 GUI versions would have problems seeking. This is now solved by this new option.

Additionally, this version have the following improvements:

  • The First pass encoding will be skipped if the software was interrupted while performing the second pass encode.
  • A bug in the second pass where the additional arguments were not passed correctly has been fixed.

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here. The new version comes bundled with the newest SVT-AV1 release, which I’ve built yesterday using the media-autobuild_suite.

Enjoy!

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PAQCompress v0.3.31 has been released! https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-31-has-been-released/ https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-31-has-been-released/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 23:58:15 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4612 Hi everyone,

Today, I have released PAQCompress v0.3.31:

PAQCompress v0.3.31
PAQCompress v0.3.31

This release adds the following compressor versions:

  • paq8pxd v45 to v59.
  • paq8pxv v7, v9 to v11, v14, and v15.

You can download this new release on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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PAQCompress v0.3.30 released! https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-30-released/ https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-30-released/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:49:14 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4602 Hi everyone,

Today, I have released PAQCompress v0.3.30:

PAQCompress v0.3.30
PAQCompress v0.3.30

This release adds paq8pxv v16.

You can download this release on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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