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I have a Sony CRX100E/X CD-RW USB drive. Windows 2000 will recognize the drive, but only as a CD-ROM. Could somebody point out how to correct this. Thanks.

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No "flavor" of Windows will write to a CD-R or CD-RW without 3rd party software.  

I use Adaptec Easy CD Creator which is compatible with almost all drives and Win2000.  The only question is whether or not it works over the USB bus.  It works great with my Sone IDE CD-RW and Win2000.
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You will also need to update the ASPI layer in 2000 as the normal one doesnt work properly, i believe the update is in a directory on the CD.
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This answer did not really answer my question. I knew that 3rd party software was needed to write to the CD-RW, and I have been using the CD-RW under Windows 98 successfully, but the question I wanted answered was that Windows 2000 doesn't seem to recognize the drive as CD-RW, so no software, including Adaptec Easy CD recognizes that my system has a CD-RW.

Having said that, it is possible that my question was misunderstood, in which case, I would rate the answer as good.
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mshanker,
    You are right, the above are wrong and I wish I had something different to tell you here. Your device is not on the W2000 HCL (Hardware Compatiblilty List). Neither is my HP 9100i. The IDE version for yours is but not the 100e/x which is I believe the USB. I've been watching this carefully and attending MS seminars and stuff on it. They seem to have adopted a firm attitude that 2000 is a 'business' oriented OS and seem to be willing to let 98 handle the bulk of the 'homeowners' USB and PNP stuff.
     The downside to this is that unless the device mfgr. decides to write a driver for 2000 it may be quite a while 'til it is supported. I have heard many stories from people that 'swear' that the NT40 drivers work because it uses the NT kernel. Just as I've heard that 98 drivers work because it is a PNP OS (some of this comes from reasonably reliable sources which adds to the confusion). None of them however are willing to say anything about stability. The device just 'seems' to work ok.
     I have become at least a short term advocate of dual booting 2000 and 98 so I can maintain compatibility with my PNP and USB devices until at least the Mfgr's. or MS get some proven support out here for 2000 (my DSL router is a perfect example). The sound cards, net cards, printers etc. seem to be fairly broad in their support, but CDRW and USB ('homeowners') stuff seems to be at best iffy.
     MS does not shout this loudly but unless it is on the HCL (meaning mostly that the mfgr. has written a driver for it) you can probably expect your drive to read fine using the generic ATAPI driver, but scribble?....probably not for a while.
     Good luck and I hope sincerely someone can prove me totally wrong here and offer a better answer because many people are in the same boat.
hope this helps,
mklp
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mshanker,
     Thanks for the points, and again, I wish I had had better news for you.
Maybe we can call Bill and ask him when....:)
see you again,
mklp
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You are welcome. Glad to know that I am not going totally nuts.

mshanker
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Some additional notes on the subject.  The CRX100E/X is not supported on the Win2k side because it is bundled with the HotBurn software which will not be updated to Win2k.  On the other hand the CRX100E/X2 which is a new version of the Drive (does not use a shuttle cable) is supported in Win2k because it is bundled with the Sony CD Extreme software which with the upgrade can work in Win2k.  I have seen this with my own eyes.  Also I have heard that upgrading to the latest version of Adaptec EZ CD Creater will support Win2k.
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sleepy ii,
     I commend your after-the-fact follow-up to the question. It is refreshing to see that there are skilled people with specific knowledge on a subject that take the time to add credible advice to mshanker's question even after it closed. You're a winner and I hope mshanker feels the same. Best regards,
Sincerely,
mklp
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I totally agree with mklp comments. Thanks for still posting comments for a closed question. One of these days, I will get the drive to work on W2K.

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